Greg Easterly, president and general manager of the Tribune Broadcasting station, told staffers Wednesday the expansion would reinforce the brand of “Chicago’s Very Own.” “We have plenty of decisions and brainstorming in front of us . . . but I thought you all would like to know where we are headed,” he wrote in a memo. “It’s clear WGN has a unique place in the market and a true connection to Chicago — let’s build on it.”
No decision has been made on a talent lineup for the new 4 p.m. newscast, but insiders said it’s likely that news anchors Mark Suppelsa and Lourdes Duarte and chief meteorologist Tom Skilling, who currently front WGN’s 5 p.m. news hour, will be involved. There also may be a role for Micah Materre, who co-anchors at 9 p.m. with Suppelsa.
Frank comes from Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC where she was the station’s evening meteorologist. She will also report on environmental issues for the station.
“Rachel is a thorough, relentless, passionate meteorologist, a NY native with an infectious personality,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said in a statement. “We are confident Rachel will break through and make a meaningful connection with our audience.”
Dave McDonald has been promoted to senior producer, creative services at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. In his new role, he will be responsible for “developing high level image campaigns that support the emerging PIX11 news brand as well as new evolving station initiatives and partnerships.”
McDonald has been a writer, producer and editor at WPIX since 2001. Before that, he was a creative services writer and producer for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia.
“Dave is an Emmy Award and Promax Gold winning producer with over 15 years of experience in production, marketing, promotion and brand management. He has long been an important part of the PIX11 creative department, tireless in his pursuit of memorable creative work and is highly deserving of this promotion,” David Hyman, VP/Creative, said in a statement.
Duerr will oversee the 11:00 pm news for KYW and the 10:00 p.m show on CW affiliate WPSG.
This is a move within CBS Television Stations for Duerr who currently works at KTVT in Dallas, TX. He starts in June.
“I am excited that we will be able to provide our viewers with additional local news in the 7 a.m. hour,” KWBA vice president and general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement. “This is another opportunity for new viewers who already enjoy CW programs to get local news and weather they may not have seen before.”
In case you haven’t been paying attention, local reporters have become a favorite target of late night shows. Monday, Kimmel ran a report from March 28 when Kolk was getting reaction about that night’s earthquake in LA.
Kolk asked several people on Hollywood Boulevard if they felt the quake. They all said ‘No.’
“He saw on social media there was an earthquake nobody felt it,” said Kimmel. “But he went out. So please keep us in your prayers.”
But Kolk had a comeback, telling viewers on KTLA last night Kimmel left out the part where he wrapped his report by saying, “So nobody felt thing a thing, much like being an audience member at a Jimmy Kimmel taping.”
A quick check of TVeyes showed Kolk didn’t deliver the Kimmel line live. Kolk told TVSpy he taped that part after he became Kimmel’s target.
He said he brought the same suit he wore on March 28 just in case he was allowed to do the skit. He was. Though he said he was warned it was a fight he wasn’t going to win.
Former WNYW consumer reporter Arnold Diaz is joining rival WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. Diaz will join Mary Murphy and Howard Thompson to round out a newly-formed investigative unit at WPIX.
The news comes on the heels of Fox-owned WNYW shuttering its consumer investigative unit — and getting rid of Diaz — in January.
“Howard and Mary have built their reputations on helping right wrongs. Now with the addition of Arnold Diaz, who has a storied career as an investigative consumer reporter, we strengthen PIX11’s goal of keeping our viewers informed,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.
The investigative unit will be overseen by producer Noreen Lark. Diaz’s first official day at the station will be March 31.
More from WPIX after the jump. Read more
“Has anything interesting happened in the last 24 hours?” Schauble asked at the top of the Los Angeles CW affiliate’s 5:00 a.m. show.
The station filled the morning show with the latest tweets, memes and videos lampooning the anchor’s emergency response.
Here’s a meme with him as one of The Supremes.
His co-anchors pointed out the existence of #EarthquakeFace on twitter and a dance remix of his reaction. You can watch the remix after the jump. Read more
Los Angeles stations were on-air when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the region.
Other than a whole lot of anchors grabbing their desks and saying “Whoa!” there were no reports of injuries or damage.
The anchors at CW affiliate KTLA had the most dramatic reaction to the jolt. Though, having been in a studio during an earthquake, TVSpy can attest to the fear of hoping the safety chains on the hot lights rattling above your head were put on correctly. See the video after the jump.