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WFLD GM Mike Renda: ‘If You Don’t Evolve, You Die’

The May ratings book told a similar story as sweeps past for Chicago’s WFLD: the Fox O&O’s morning show increased viewership while its 9 p.m. newscast continued to struggle.

The challenges facing WFLD are certainly not lost on vice president and general manager Mike Renda, who has been with the station since 2009.

Renda spoke with TVSpy recently about the job status of news director Carol Fowler, how he plans to turn around the 9 p.m. newscast, and what Oprah’s departure means for the market… Read more

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WFLD’s Assistant ND Set to Leave as Newscast Gets New Leadership

It looks like more personnel changes are underway at Chicago’s WFLD.

Roughly a month after the station hired Mike Leiderman to revamp its struggling 9 p.m. newscast, assistant news director Geoff Dankert, who had been overseeing the newscast, is reportedly on his way out the door.

Sources have informed the Chicago Tribune that Dankert will be leaving the Fox O&O in June, after 12 years with the station.

Dankert, who worked as a managing editor before being named assistant news director in 2008, took the reins of WFLD’s nighttime newscast after Tony Statz, its executive producer, left for Miami’s WFOR.

Leiderman was named executive producer last month.

Mike Leiderman to Oversee WFLD’s Struggling 9 p.m. Newscast

It’s official: Mike Leiderman is joining Chicago’s WFLD as an executive producer. Leiderman, who previously served as the EP of WTTW news magazine show “Chicago Tonight,” will oversee WFLD’s 9 p.m. newscast, anchored by Robin Robinson and Bob Sirott.

In last month’s sweeps period, the newscast was down more than a full rating point from the previous year.

The move was first rumored by Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago, who pointed out that Sirott was the host of “Chicago Tonight” during Leiderman’s tenure.

Assistant news director Geoff Dankert has been overseeing the Fox-affiliate’s nighttime newscast since Tony Statz, the previous EP, left for Miami’s WFOR.

“Mike brings a fresh eye to Fox Chicago at a key time, as we look to distinguish our product in both what we say and how we say it,” Carol Fowler, WFLD’s vice president and news director, said in announcing the hiring to staff.

Report: WFLD Close to Signing New Executive Producer to Save 9 p.m. Newscast

Despite its revised format and revamped news team, WFLD‘s 9 p.m. newscast continues to struggle in the Chicago ratings race.

Now the Fox-affiliate is reportedly close to naming a new executive producer to breath life into the newscast, which is anchored by veterans Bob Sirott and Robin Robinson.

Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago writes:

Nothing is official yet, but Mike Leiderman, former executive producer of “Chicago Tonight” at WTTW-Channel 11, is expected to be named executive producer of the flagship Fox newscast at 9pm. If all goes as planned, insiders said, he could start within the next few weeks.

The potential move would reunite Leiderman with Sirott, who was a host of the newsmagazine-style “Chicago Tonight.” Feder speculates that the addition of Leiderman would nudge WFLD’s newscast in the direction of a nightly newsmagazine.

Leiderman is a veteran of Chicago market with a diverse list of credits, including a stint as sports anchor at NBC-affiliate WMAQ.

He’s also a pretty funny guy. Here’s a video of Leiderman telling a joke… Read more