WLFI-TV, virtual channel 18, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Lafayette, United States. The station is owned by Allen Media Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Studios. WLFI-TV's studios are located on Yeager Road in West Lafayette, its transmitter is located on County Road 700 in rural northwestern Clinton County. On cable, WLFI-TV is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 8 and Metronet channel 18 in standard definition and on Xfinity digital channel 1018 and Metronet channel 818 in high definition; the station first signed on the air at 6:00 p.m. on June 15, 1953 as WFAM-TV, broadcasting on UHF channel 59. It was founded by O. E. Richardson, owner of radio station WASK; the station operated as a primary CBS and DuMont affiliate. During the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. WFAM-TV's transmitter had broadcast at low power, making it unreceivable in parts of west-central Indiana outside of the immediate Lafayette area.
Out of its original 20-person staff, only one person had any experience in television. In 1957, the station was sold to WASK to assistant general manager Henry Rosenthal, who filed with the Federal Communications Commission to move WFAM-TV to channel 18, but the station instead went dark in May 1959. Rosenthal sold the station to Sarkes Tarzian, a radio manufacturer based in Bloomington, which owned primary NBC/secondary ABC and DuMont affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis and ABC affiliate WPTA in Fort Wayne, it was Tarzian who finished the relocation to channel 18, returning WFAM-TV to the air on that channel on November 15 of that year. The station changed its call letters to WLFI-TV in 1967. In 1979, the station was purchased by Block Communications. In 2000, LIN TV Corporation acquired WLFI from Block in exchange for a 67% ownership interest in ABC affiliate WAND in Decatur, Illinois. WLFI's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009. On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would merge with LIN Media in a $1.6 billion deal.
The merger was completed on December 19. Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced on January 27, 2016 that it would merge with Media General in a $4.6 billion acquisition. WLFI was the Lafayette area's only commercial network television broadcaster from its 1953 start until the 2016 launch of WPBI-LD, a Fox and NBC affiliate. Cable providers have long supplemented the area with stations from Indianapolis. Comcast Xfinity dropped the Indianapolis stations from its lineup on March 7, 2018, but resumed carriage of NBC affiliate WTHR and ABC affiliate WRTV two days later; the station's digital signal is multiplexed: WLFI carried TheCoolTV on digital subchannel 18.2 from 2011 to 2013, when LIN Media terminated its affiliation agreement with the music video network. The live feed of "Storm Team 18 Live Doppler Radar" moved from digital subchannel 18.3 to 18.2 in the fall of 2013. Sony Pictures Television's GetTV network, which features classic movies, replaced the weather radar channel on WLFI-DT2 in early 2015.
In Fall 2015, WLFI-DT3 was launched to serve as an Ion Television affiliate. The CW Plus began to be broadcast over WLFI-DT2 in 720p HD in August 2017, moving GetTV to a new DT4 subchannel and leading to the CBS feed on their main channel being downscaled into 720p for the time being. WLFI-DT2 is being identified on-air as "Lafayette's CW18". WLFI-TV carries the entire CBS network schedule. Syndicated programs broadcast by WLFI-TV include Dr. Phil, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. WLFI-TV presently broadcasts 22½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week. After cable systems began piping in Indianapolis stations in the 1970s, the station's newscasts have performed well in the ratings. In September 2012, WLFI became the third television station in Central Indiana to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.
Arthur Nibbs is a politician from Antigua and Barbuda. He represents the Antigua Labour Party in the Antiguan Senate. Born in Barbuda, he was educated at the Antigua Grammar School, he first stood, for election to the Barbuda Council in 1977, but was returned in the 1979 polls. He was a member of the delegation which took part in the 1980 talks with Sir Stanley Arthur, the UK Government Representative in the Caribbean, at Lancaster House on independence for Antigua and Barbuda, his mandate was to argue against a joint state between the two islands. In 1988, Nibbs founded the Barbuda Independence Movement. Nibbs has served as Chairman of the Barbuda Council between 1985–1989, 1997–1999 and 1999–2000, he has served two terms in the Senate, when he stood for the House of Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda in 2004 was the subject of a tied vote. Both he and his opponent from the Barbuda People's Movement each received 400 votes. A by-election was held on April 20 in which Trevor Walker of BPM was elected with 408 votes against 394 for Nibbs.
In 2009 Arthur Nibbs contested the Barbuda seat once again running against Trevor walker where he lost by one vote to Walker. Outside the political sphere he worked as an assistant air traffic controller at V C Bird International Airport, a personnel manager at the K Club, he is President of the Barbuda Fisherman's Co-operative Society, a part-time fisherman. Believes in Caribbean Integration Believes in the co-operative movement Interested in organic farming