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Former WSAZ News Anchor Bos Johnson Dies

johnson wsazFormer WSAZ news director and anchor Bos Johnson died Sunday, according to the Charleston-Huntington, NBC affiliate.

Johnson was a much-loved figure in local broadcasting. Jim Casto, retired associate editor of The Herald-Disptach compared him to a local version of Walter Cronkite. “The authoritative Cronkite covered the big stories of the day – the Vietnam War, Watergate, the slayings of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In much the same reassuring fashion, Johnson detailed for WSAZ’s viewers the region’s big stories,”

Johnson started at WSAZ in 1952. He was named news director in 1960. He left the station in 1976 and served as an associate professor of broadcast journalism at Marshall University. He also worked as a consultants for the Charles Ryan Associates. later becoming VP for the company.

“For a quarter century, WSAZ viewers got to know Bos Johnson,” WSAZ wrote on its website. “He was an anchor and reporter for the station during a time in which several major news stories took place. Bos covered the Marshall University plane crash and the collapse of the Silver Bridge.”

“He was my mentor and my friend,” former WSAZ reporter Tom Jacobs wrote in an email to TVSpy. “His family embraced me as one of their own, so much so I slept on their couch when I couldn’t find an apartment after arriving in Huntington all those many years ago!”

Johnson is survived by his wife Dotty, his five children including Rob Johnson, a morning news anchor at WSAZ.

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Anchor Rob Johnson Re-Ups with WBBM

TVSpy has confirmed WBBM evening anchor Rob Johnson has signed a multi year contract renewal with the Chicago CBS owned station.

“My philosophy is to not make my personal business public,” Johnson told media blogger Robert Feder who broke the news. “But given the multiple inaccuracies that have been reported, I am happy to report that I’m going to sign a multi-year contract with CBS to continue the great work we’re doing. And I couldn’t be happier.”

Several media web sites had been reporting Johnson was on his way out due to poor ratings at the station. But Johnson told Feder no one contacted him before the news of his impending doom was published. Read more

Legendary Chicago Anchor Team to Step Down Thursday

Anchor legends Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson will sign off from the Chicago CBS owned station WBBM for the final time Thursday.

“I think we’ve benefited more than CBS,” Kurtis told Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder. “What fun to relive the best years of your life. Walter and I started co-anchoring in 1973. I was 33. He was 36 or 37, I think. Now we’re over 70.”

In their first run with WBBM, the two anchored the 10:00 pm. news from 1973 until 1982. They then returned to the Chicago station in 2010. They announced their most recent departure in August last year, handing the reins of their 6:00 p.m. newscast to Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan. Read more

Bill Kurtis, Walter Jacobson Stepping Down From WBBM Anchor Desk Next Year

WBBM evening anchor team Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson announced today that they will leave the 6 p.m. newscast in March of next year.

The pair, who gathered with colleagues to celebrate the second anniversary of their return to the Chicago CBS O&O, will hand the 6 p.m. newscast over to Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan, who currently anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. newscast.

Kurtis and Jacobson anchored at 10 p.m. from 1973-82. It is not clear whether the pair will retire; Kurtis said he plans to focus on his other businesses.  Read more

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

Bill Kurtis, Tom Skilling Reflect as Chicago Newsers Gather at Broadcast Museum

WMAQ's Paula Faris and Dick Johnson attend the gala opening of the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Chicago’s TV news anchors and reporters were out in force for a sneak preview open house at the city’s new Museum of Broadcast Communications Thursday night. Joined by Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Museum President Bruce DuMont, the event officially marks the end of major construction of the 62,000 square foot, stand-alone facility.

Phil Donahue, Oprah Winfrey, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Dave Garroway, Paul Harvey - the broadcast history of this city is just amazing,”  legendary WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling tells TVSpy. “We really have a story to tell here.  I think [the museum] is going to be of great interest. Bringing together the stories of these amazing broadcasters who have influenced broadcasting on a national scale is well worth telling.”

Local journos on hand included WBBM’s Bill Kurtis and Rob Johnson, former WBBMer Donna LaPietra, WMAQ’s Dick Johnson and Paula Faris, WLS’s Valerie Warner, former WLSer Andy Shaw, and former WMAQer Chet Coppock.

Mayor Emanuel noted that the museum is fitting for a city that hosted the nation’s first televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

Party attendees got a glimpse at historic TV artifacts, including one of the cameras used during the JFK-Nixon matchup, an original Charlie McCarthy puppet, and the doorway that Oprah

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Chicago Anchors Scrubbed from Controversial Video for Departing Mayor

After Chicago media reporter Robert Feder blasted a handful of local news personalities for appearing in a farewell video dedicated to longtime mayor  Richard M. Daley, WBBM, whose veteran anchor duo of Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis appeared in the video, is defending its staffers, saying that the producers of the video, an area furniture retailer, did not seek appropriate permission to use footage of the station’s on-air talent.

“The station did consent to having a few of its employees participate in what was described to us as a farewell video that would be given directly to Mayor Daley when he steps down after 22 years in office next week,” said Bruno Cohen, president and general manager of WBBM, in a statement.

Along with Jacobson and Kurtis, WBBM’s Rob Johnson and Ryan Baker appeared in the video, much of which was filmed in conjunction with a farewell party for the departing mayor and featured a handful of local celebrities.

After initially defending its inclusion of local anchors in the video, Walter E. Smithe, a major local advertiser, apologized and has since edited the WBBM staffers out of the video, as well as anchor Bob Sirott of WFLD. Read more