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Confusion on Chicago Stations as Jesse Jackson Jr. is Turned Away From Prison

The big story in Chicago today is former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who reported to federal prison in North Carolina Monday afternoon. In a strange twist, Jackson — who was four days early to start serving his 30 month sentence — was turned away from the prison yesterday before he was officially admitted this morning.

On Monday’s late newscasts, only WLS reporter Ben Bradley correctly reported that “a paperwork problem means he’s not technically in custody.” NBC owned WMAQ, Fox owned WFLD and CBS owned WBBM all reported Jackson had begun his sentence.

“He was given his sheets, he was given his clothes, he was searched, and he was forced to do a body cavity search, which is the most demeaning thing that could happen to an individual,” WBBM legal analyst Irv Miller told reporter Jay Levine (watch after the jump).

The stations walked back the accounts of Jackson’s surrender on the morning newscasts this morning, after The Chicago Tribune reported that prison officials said he was not in custody. Read more

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WLS Expands Weekend Morning News

wls_304Starting November 2, WLS viewers who are early risers will get to see an extra hour of weekend morning news.

The ABC owned station in Chicago will start its weekend morning news at 5:00 a.m. making two, two hour blocks of news bookending Good Morning America on the Weekends.

The first block will air from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m., followed by GMA from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Then WLS airs its second block of news from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

In a statement, WLS vice president and news director Jennifer Graves said, “I’m pleased we can serve our community with expanded news and weather coverage and give viewers the information they need to kick off their weekend.”

Ben Bradley will join his Sunday morning co-anchor Stacey Baca on Saturday’s morning news.

WLS Anchor Kathy Brock Takes Christmas Morning Shift For Colleague With Young Children

The Christmas spirit was strong this weekend in Chicago, where WLS evening anchor Kathy Brock volunteered to fill in on the Christmas morning newscast for Ben Bradley, who has small children.

“She didn’t just volunteer,” Bradley told Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder. “She insisted that she work because she said her kids are in college and will still be asleep by the time the show is over, and mine are so young and still believe in Santa. Now so do I!”

Brock anchored the WLS morning newscast solo on Sunday. Bradley’s co-anchor, Stacey Baca, had previously scheduled the day off.

“I remember when my boys (now young men) were little, and how special Christmas morning is,” Brock said.