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Cheryl Scott Joins WLS

scott wls croppedCheryl Scott has joined Chicago ABC owned station WLS as meteorologist.

Scott will work alongside current WLS meteorologists Jerry Taft, Tracy Butler, Mike Caplan and Phil Schwarz as a fill-in on various newscasts.

“I’m excited to join ABC 7 Eyewitness News and their respected and dedicated weather team,” said Scott. “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in Chicago, a city I have come to know and love, and now call home!”

The news was first reported by Robert Feder. Scott started as the morning and evening weekend meteorologist at Chicago NBC owned station WMAQ in September 2011.

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Kris Gutierrez Out as WBBM Morning Anchor

Kris-GutierrezChicago media writer Robert Feder reports Kris Gutierrez, morning anchor at CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, is leaving the station. Gutierrez has been at WBBM since 2012, anchoring most recently alongside Erin Kennedy. Of the departure, a CBS spokesperson told Feder simply “we wish him well.”

Gutierrez is moving back to Texas, where he was a Dallas-based correspondent for Fox News before joining CBS 2 in March 2012. Gutierrez did not respond to a request for comment.

His hiring here culminated an eight-month search to replace Steve Bartelstein, who left as morning news anchor in July 2011. It took the station a full year to hire Kennedy as successor to Susan Carlson, who exited in May 2013.

Ex-Reporter Loses Appeal in CBS Lawsuit

amy jacobsonAmy Jacobson, a former reporter at NBC-owned station WMAQ in Chicago, has lost an appeal in her lawsuit against CBS, reports Robert Feder. An Illinois appeals court ruled against Jacobson in her defamation suit against CBS-owned station WBBM, in a case involving video shot of Jacobson that led to her firing from WMAQ:

As a reporter for NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 in July 2007, Jacobson was covering the disappearance of Lisa Stebic, a suburban wife and mother. A camera from CBS 2 captured Jacobson wearing a bikini in the presence of the missing woman’s husband, Craig Stebic, identified as a person of interest in the case. Jacobson was there on her day off with her two children.

Soon after CBS 2 aired the videotape, NBC 5 fired Jacobson, who was a 10-year veteran of the station. Jacobson sued CBS for defamation, invasion of privacy and other claims.

The court found Jacobson was a public figure, and that CBS had no malice in airing the video.

Chicago Anchor Sues Telemundo Over Firing

schmidt_telemundo1Edna Schmidt, a former news anchor at two Spanish-language stations in Chicago, is suing one of them, Telemundo-owned WSNS, for firing the anchor after she appeared to anchor a newscast while drunk. Robert Feder reports Schmidt’s lawyers filed a lawsuit in federal court last week, accusing the station and NBC Universal with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide the anchor with “reasonable accommodation” for her alcoholism:

After two months on the air, Schmidt was suspended as co-anchor of “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago” when she showed up intoxicated on the 10 p.m. newscast September 30, 2013. Within weeks her suspension turned into termination from her $200,000-a-year job. Management at the time said only that Schmidt was no longer with the station, adding: “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Seeking unspecified damages for wrongful termination, Schmidt’s lawsuit alleges that her bosses made no attempt to get her treatment.

Chris McDonnell, president and general manager of Telemundo Chicago, declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday.

WTTW’s Phil Ponce to Return After Illness

Phil-Ponce-112012-263wChicago PBS affiliate WTTW says anchor Phil Ponce will likely be back on the air Monday after an illness forced him into the hospital for several days. As Robert Feder reports, Ponce was treated for chest pain and a cyst in his liver:

“Phil is grateful for everyone’s good wishes and asks that the public not send cards or letters,” according to a statement from WTTW-Channel 11, where Ponce hosts the flagship nightly news program “Chicago Tonight.” “He emphasizes that he is perfectly fine and is looking forward to getting back to work.”

Ponce, 65, had been “feeling some discomfort” Wednesday before he moderated a live U.S. Senate forum between Democratic incumbent Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, a spokeswoman for the Window to the World Communications station said.

Still feeling pain in his side and chest that radiated to his right shoulder, Ponce called his doctor, who sent him to the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the spokeswoman said. Tests showed a benign cyst in his liver, which was drained.

Former WFLD Anchor Anna Davlantes Returns, on the Radio

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.52.36 AMAnna Davlantes, who left Fox-owned WFLD in Chicago last October, is joining the radio news team at Chicago’s WGN AM. As the Chicago Tribune reports, the station is beefing up its staff to compete with rival news station WBBM:

Davlantes talked about the new role with Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

“They understand that I have contacts and sources in the community, and I’m going to use those to try to uncover the stories that people aren’t covering,” Davlantes says. “They’re playing to my strengths.”

After leaving Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 in October 2013, Davlantes fielded offers for television jobs, but all were out of town. “I made the decision to stay in Chicago,” she says.

Horrors! Could Local Emmy Awards Really Be ‘Little More Than a Moneymaking Enterprise’?

Jeff-Hoover-2006-1024x677Sure, those statues are lovely to look at, and the phrase “Emmy Award winning…” does roll off the tongue, doesn’t it? But Jeff Hoover, producer at Chicago CW affiliate WGN, has had enough. “I’m done. No more. That’s it,” he writes on Facebook.

Hoover, an Emmy winner, concluded the categories are bizarre, the costs are high, and the significance of the award is questionable. And Chicago media writer Robert Feder clearly agrees, giving the illustrious “Academy” one of the strongest body checks in recent memory:

Local Emmy Awards have always been an exercise in self-congratulations, to be sure, but somewhere along the way they lost their luster — and their relevance.

Today they’re little more than a moneymaking enterprise for the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which rakes in thousands in membership fees, entry fees, dinner ticket fees, program book fees and additional statuette fees under the dubious claim of recognizing “excellence in our industry.”

It’s nice to win one, I suppose, but don’t forget that Larry Mendte won 27 during just four years in Chicago. (Altogether he claims to have 90 regional Emmys.)

Zing! Do you still enter the Emmypalooza every year? Is it truly all about honoring excellence, or more of a wine-soaked and high-priced back-slapping party?

WGN’s Robert Jordan Named ‘Journalist in Residence’ at University of Chicago

Robert-JordanRobert Jordan, the veteran news anchor and reporter at Chicago CW affilate WGN, has been named the first journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media program, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

While continuing his full-time anchoring and reporting duties for the Tribune Media station, Jordan will spend much of the fall quarter on campus, where he’ll conduct a series of workshops, lead panels with other Chicago producers, editors and news directors, and meet with students who hope to pursue journalism and media careers. He also plans to work with staffers on the Chicago Maroon, the university’s student newspaper.

WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does

We turn our spyglass this morning to Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Every year the Tribune owned station celebrates September 19 with a visit from Long John Johnny Johnson. For those landlubbers among us, September 19 is also known as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

This morning’s pun filled segment featured, who we’ve been told is, morning producer Jeff Hoover doing his best pirate schtick. After a nod to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hoover left because, as he said, “There’s a big sale at the farmer’s market. All the corn is a buck an ear.”

In case you want to see how far the bit has come, click here to see Hoover in 2012.

Katie Kim Leaving KRQE for Chicago’s WMAQ

Picture 4Reporter Katie Kim will join NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago next month, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Kim heads to Chicago from CBS affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, where she’s been a “special assignment” and investigative reporter since 2010:

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to live and work in such an amazing city!” Kim posted on Facebook, as she moves up from the No. 47 market to No. 3. On Twitter, she wrote: “After 4 incredible yrs in NM, I’m leaving humbled & grateful for a new job in Chicago. I’ll cherish my time here. Thank you for your trust.”

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