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Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell to the Vatican

Shortly after 11amET/8amPT, Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as Pope. Local stations in the top five markets broadcast special coverage of his departure and flight to Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican’s vacation retreat.

ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas broadcast national coverage from their affiliated networks of the Pope’s final farewell.

Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum anchored a special report that was broadcast on the Fox O&Os. KTTV in Los Angeles incorporated coverage of the farewell address into the morning newscast, anchored by Steve Edwards, instead of taking the national report.

Without national coverage to broadcast, CW affiliates produced their own special reports. Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera anchored on WPIX in New York City, Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira anchored on KTLA in Los Angeles, and Steve Sanders and Dina Bair anchored on WGN in Chicago.

Philly’s CW affiliate WPSG is owned by CBS and operated as a duopoly with KYW. KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas, had no special coverage of the Pope’s farewell.

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Local Chicago Stations Cover Politics, Protests at NATO Summit

Chicago stations were in overdrive this weekend covering the ongoing NATO Summit, which continues today at McCormick Place.

WFLD‘s Bob Sirrot and Robin Robinson co-anchored an hour-long newscast at 5 p.m. Sunday on the Fox O&O. Political editor Mike Flannery‘s regular Sunday morning newscast was expanded to an hour this weekend.

On NBC O&O WMAQ, weekday anchors Stefan Holt and Daniella Guzman anchored a special 11 a.m. newscast on Sunday. WMAQ also expanded its 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, anchored by Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, to an hour. Read more

Dina Bair Officially Named Mid-Day Anchor at WGN

WGN, the CW-affiliate in Chicago, has officially named Dina Bair the mid-day newscast anchor.

Bair has been filling in on the broadcast for Allison Payne, who suffers from problems with her vocal cords, for most of this year. Payne recently exited WGN, saying her health “had become a burden to the station.”

“Dina has been filling in on this broadcast for several months this year and last,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement. “During that time, she has shown her ability to be comfortable and engaging in both the hard news segments as well as the feature segments that are a hallmark of the broadcast.”

Bair, who has been with WGN since 1994, will continue as the station’s medical reporter.

Allison Payne Missing from WGN Due to Vocal Cord Problems

“Where’s Allison Payne?”

That’s what viewers in the Chicago area have been wondering this month after the veteran anchor went missing from WGN‘s 11 a.m. weekday newscast.

It turns out that Payne has been experiencing problems with her vocal cords.

“She was diagnosed a few months ago and tried to tough it out. But her doctor eventually ordered her to cut back using her voice,” WGN news director Greg Caputo told Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

In Payne’s absence, Dina Bair has been appearing alongside Steve Sanders for WGN’s midday newscast. Read more