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WGN Adds An Hour to Evening News and A Morning News Anchor

duarte wgnWGN, the Tribune owned Chicago CW affiliate, will begin its evening newscast at 4:00 p.m. starting September 8.

Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre will be joined by chief meteorologist Tom Skilling and traffic reporter Sarah Jindra for the 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. show.

“By expanding our evening news we will better serve our viewers,” WGN news director Jennifer Lyons, said in a statement.

WGN also added Lourdes Duarte (pictured) as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News alongside Dan Ponce from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. The station said the move will allow traffic reporter Erin McElroy more time to focus on traffic and breaking news.

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WMAQ Launches 11 a.m. Newscast, Shuffles Meteorologists

byron mirandaWMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, is making changes to its morning programming. Beginning September 8, the station will debut an hourlong 11 a.m. newscast that will replace the current half-hour noon newscast.

“A lot of news breaks during the day. Our expanded news at 11 am will allow us to even better serve our viewers with the latest news and weather information,” WMAQ vice president of news and station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement.

Anchoring the 11 a.m. newscast will be Stefan Holt and Marion Brooks, alongside meteorologist Byron Miranda (pictured), who returns to WMAQ after more than a decade away. Most recently, he has worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles.

In addition to Miranda’s hire, there are further changes to the station’s weather team: Robert Feder reports weekend meteorologist Cheryl Scott is leaving WMAQ when her contract is up next month. Scott is exploring options “to work as a meteorologist on a network or local level,” according to Feder. Read more

WGN Morning EP Promoted to Assistant News Director

wgn_304Sandy Pudar has been promoted to assistant news director of Tribune’s Chicago CW affiliate WGN.

“For more than five years as Executive Producer, she’s maintained our #1 status in the highly competitive morning news time slot and actually grown it, which is quite a feat,” WGN news director Jennifer Lyons said in a statement.

Pudar started at WGN as an intern and has worked at the station for 15 years. She was named executive producer of the WGN Morning News in 2009.

WBBM Adds Three Hours of Weekend News

WBBM_CBS2_logoChicago CBS owned station WBBM is adding three hours of news on the weekends.

Starting September 13, the station will expand its 10:00 p.m.weekend show to one hour while a new 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. show will be added on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

“Local news is becoming more important on the weekends,” president and GM of WBBM, Marty Wilke, said in a statement. “By adding three additional hours of news, we will have more time to tell our viewers what’s happening in and around Chicago.”

Jim Williams and Mai Martinez will anchor the expanded 10:00 p.m. show while Marissa Bailey and weather anchor Ed Curran will anchor the morning shows.

Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Company begins operating under a new, but similar, name today: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding comes as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split.

Tribune Media includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, WGN Radio, and Tribune Real Estate. “In the last year, we have executed a strategy designed to embrace a rapidly changing media environment,” said Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Media Company. “We doubled the size of our broadcast group, re-launched our national cable network WGN America with high-quality original programming, and expanded our digital businesses that power some of the world’s leading media brands.” Tribune owns CW affiliates in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Last year, the company acquired Local TV Holdings adding 19 TV stations in 16 markets.

The other entity, Tribune Publishing Company, includes 10 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, South Florida Sun-SentinelOrlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing is expected to begin trading on the NYSE tomorrow. Its future as a stand-alone company is less clear.

 

Doug Whitmire Named WLS 10:00 p.m. EP

whitmore wlsChicago ABC owned station WLS has promoted Doug Whitmire to executive producer of the 10:00 p.m. news.

“Doug has done a terrific job leading the morning team for the past 6 ½ years,” WLS VP and news director Jennifer Graves said in a statement. “Doug’s knowledge of Chicago and the ABC 7 newsroom makes him the ideal choice to take the reins at 10 PM.”

Whitmire has been the EP of the morning news since 2008.

Before coming to WLS in 2003, Whitmire worked at WTVG in Toledo, OH.

The station said he would split his time between newscasts until a morning replacement is hired.

Robin Robinson Makes Last Appearance on WFLD Tonight

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After 27 years, Robin Robinson will make her final appearance on Chicago’s Fox station, WFLD, tonight. Robinson stepped down as co-anchor of the station’s 9 p.m. newscast last fall.

According to Robert Feder, Robinson’s sendoff has been strictly low–or no–key. “Colleagues said Robinson cleaned out her office Sunday. No send-off for her has been announced or planned.”

Robinson is a Chicago native who worked at WBBM before joining WFLD when the station launched its news operation in 1987.

Here’s Robinson’s farewell from the anchor desk last November:

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WGN Anchor Publicly Shames 12-Year-Old Video Bomber


WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo was doing a live shot Friday morning at the Chicago Bears training camp when 12-Year-old Dylan decided it was good time to practice his fart noises.

Tomasulo had Dylan appear on air with him in his next segment.

“Make a fart noise now, Dylan,” said Tomasulo. But Dylan demured. Tomasulo said he had no other way to shame the kid. “Seeing that he’s 12-years-old I can’t ask him about erectile dysfunction or any other inappropriate things.”

WLS to Add Assistant News Director

burke wlsWLS has announced Sarah Dunlap Burke will join the ABC owned Chicago station as assistant news director August 25.

Burke comes to WLS from WBZ in Boston where she was the acting news director.

“Sarah Burke is a strong news leader with impressive experience,” WLS VP and news director Jennifer Graves said in a statement. “Sarah understands the Chicago market’s love of news because she grew up here, and that’s a great plus for us too.”

Before joining WBZ in April 2013, Burke was an executive producer at WCBS in New York. She also worked at KCNC in Denver.

WGN Reporter Ana Belaval Gets Tryout with ‘The View’

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Today, Ana Belaval, reporter for the WGN Morning News, will take a seat with the hosts of “The View.”

“I plan to be myself,” she said in a Chicago radio interview. ““If there’s something I feel strongly about, I plan to speak up. But I’ve been invited. I don’t want to make America mad.”

The ABC talk show has been auditioning talent from across the country as it seeks to fill chairs around the table after the departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. Robert Feder notes Belaval is well aware of the importance of the opportunity:

“I am extremely flattered, I am excited [and] I’m nervous. I just see this as a one-time opportunity for more people to get to know me and to get to know another Latina who is making it out there, and another Chicagoan. Because you know I feel very much a part of Chicago as I do of my community.”

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