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WLS Sports Anchor Apologizes for Suicide Reference

giangreco wls cut himWLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco has issued a statement about his reference to suicide in an over-the-shoulder graphic in last night’s story about the Chicago Bears.

Giancreco said, “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”

In a story that called for change with the hometown NFL team, the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station used an OTS graphic with a picture of Jay Cutler above the line that read “Cut him or cut your wrists.”

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WLS Sports Anchor on Bears QB ‘Cut Him or Cut Your Wrists’

WLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco made it pretty obvious last night, he wants to see changes with the hometown NFL team after what will be a losing season.

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While the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station didn’t say anything about the suicide reference in the over-the-shoulder graphic, viewers have taken to twitter to express their outrage.

TVSpy has asked WLS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

[Deadspin via @WilcoMeThat]

WLS to Produce Newscast for WCIU

WLS LOGOChicago ABC owned station WLS is going to produce a 7:00 p.m. newscast airing on Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU starting January 12, 2015.

The live hour long newscast will air Monday through Friday. WLS’ Hosea Sanders and Linda Yu, sports anchor Jim Rose and recently added meteorologist Cheryl Scott will anchor.

Bob Ramsey, EVP of Weigel Local Media said, “Adding local news to the schedule was a goal of ours. We are thrilled to partner with ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the market’s news leader, to provide this service to WCIU, The U’s viewers.”

The station also said Terrell Brown will replace Sanders on the morning news.

Kris Gutierrez Out as WBBM Morning Anchor

Kris-GutierrezChicago media writer Robert Feder reports Kris Gutierrez, morning anchor at CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, is leaving the station. Gutierrez has been at WBBM since 2012, anchoring most recently alongside Erin Kennedy. Of the departure, a CBS spokesperson told Feder simply “we wish him well.”

Gutierrez is moving back to Texas, where he was a Dallas-based correspondent for Fox News before joining CBS 2 in March 2012. Gutierrez did not respond to a request for comment.

His hiring here culminated an eight-month search to replace Steve Bartelstein, who left as morning news anchor in July 2011. It took the station a full year to hire Kennedy as successor to Susan Carlson, who exited in May 2013.

Leadership Changes on WGN Morning News Announced

wgn_304WGN has named Aline Cox WGN Morning News executive producer, replacing Sandy Pudar, who was  named assistant news director. Cox will oversee the entire six hours of the newscast.

Jennifer Lyons, WGN news director said Cox “has terrific news judgment and is ready to lead as the next EP of WGN Morning News.”

Mike Wilder replaces Cox as executive producer of the show from 4:00 to 6:00 am.

Cox has worked at WGN for 11 years. Before coming to WGN, she worked at CLTV, and also WMTV and WKOW in Madison, Wisc. Wilder has worked at WGN for 10 years. He’s also worked at WFLD and in Indianapolis, Grand Rapids and Springfield, Mo.

WFLD Names Former TWC Executive Producer EP of Late News

wfld32Chicago FOX owned station WFLD has named Scott Warren executive producer of the late news.

Warren replaces Rehan Aslam who left the station last Wednesday.

Scott comes to WFLD from The Weather Channel where he was the senior executive producer and helped launch Sam Champion’s “AMHQ.” Warren has also worked at KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ex-Reporter Loses Appeal in CBS Lawsuit

amy jacobsonAmy Jacobson, a former reporter at NBC-owned station WMAQ in Chicago, has lost an appeal in her lawsuit against CBS, reports Robert Feder. An Illinois appeals court ruled against Jacobson in her defamation suit against CBS-owned station WBBM, in a case involving video shot of Jacobson that led to her firing from WMAQ:

As a reporter for NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 in July 2007, Jacobson was covering the disappearance of Lisa Stebic, a suburban wife and mother. A camera from CBS 2 captured Jacobson wearing a bikini in the presence of the missing woman’s husband, Craig Stebic, identified as a person of interest in the case. Jacobson was there on her day off with her two children.

Soon after CBS 2 aired the videotape, NBC 5 fired Jacobson, who was a 10-year veteran of the station. Jacobson sued CBS for defamation, invasion of privacy and other claims.

The court found Jacobson was a public figure, and that CBS had no malice in airing the video.

Former WBBM Health and Science Reporter Roger Field Remembered


Roger Field, a reporter who covered health and science stories for CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago in the 70′s and 80′s, was remembered this week. Field was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1985 and died November 12.

Field worked alongside some of WBBM’s best-known personalities, including Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson. Field built his career around a unique storytelling style–and a personal style that included driving around Chicago in a 1920′s Rolls Royce:
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FOX Chicago Duopoly Names Norman Lee National Sales Manager

wfld32WFLD-WPWR has named Norman Lee National Sales Manager.

This is a move within FOX Television Stations for Lee, who was a sales account executive at FOX Station Sales in New York. Before coming to FOX, he was an AE for HRP in Chicago. Lee has also worked at WPIX in New York and at Heitner Weiss.

“In Norman’s seven years with FOX Stations Sales he has demonstrated a superior knowledge of our business, a skill for delivering consistent and high quality results, as well as an unyielding work ethic, all of which I’m looking forward to having here in Chicago,” WFLD GSM Glenn Berk said in a statement.

WFLD Late News EP Reportedly On Way Out

wfld32It looks like changes are in store for the WFLD late news.

A quick search of the WFLD website shows a listing for a late news Executive Producer. Sources tell TVSpy, Rehan Aslam, the man who currently holds that position, is on his way out at the FOX owned Chicago station.

Aslam was originally hired at WFLD as producer of “Good Day Chicago” in 2005. He was named EP of the late news in 2012.

Word is it’s an amicable parting between station and EP.