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Chicago Station Invests in Investigative Unit

wls_304Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Chicago ABC owned station WLS‘ investment in its investigative unit is good news for local television.

Feder says WLS chief investigative reporter Chuck Goudie “heads a franchise that has expanded its brand, doubled its personnel and elevated local TV to a new competitive level in recent months.”

“Our investigative team has been a hallmark of ABC 7 Eyewitness News, working incredibly hard to find stories important to our viewers,” Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director, said in a statement. “By expanding resources and adding a consumer focus, we are building on the I-Team’s strength of enterprise reporting.  I’m very proud of the quality work our I-Team contributes to our news product on a daily basis.” Read more

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Chicago Media Writer Questions WBBM Coverage of Reporter’s DUI

savini_mugshotRobert Feder has set his sights on what he’s saying is a lack of transparency in WBBM‘s handling of Dave Savini‘s recent arrest for DUI.

The Chicago media writer takes the the CBS owned station to task for not reporting or commenting about the arrest of its own investigative reporter on its website or on-air.

Feder said he did get an email message from a WBBM spokesperson after asking GM Marty Wilke for comment, “At this time, we have declined all requests for comment and are referring all press inquiries to Dave’s attorney.” Feder wrote that Savini’s attorney has also refused to comment.

It strikes me as the height of hypocrisy for a station that demands answers from everyone else not to respond to legitimate inquiries about one of its own employees.

Remember that the next time you see Savini, in all his self-righteous arrogance, chasing after some unwitting target who doesn’t want to talk to him. Or the next time CBS 2 makes a big deal about a minor celebrity who gets in trouble.

“Original Reporting” my ass.

TVSpy was referred to Savini’s attorney by a CBS spokesperson when we asked about Feder’s column.

Chicago Anchor Recovering from Accident

linda-yu-304WLS is giving anchor Linda Yu time to recover from surgery.

According to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, the anchor for the ABC owned station may have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Feder writes Yu “was out of town when the accident happened, according to colleagues at WLS-Channel 7.”

>UPDATE: Yu posted a message to viewers on her facebook page.

Yu anchors the station’s 4:00 p.m. newscast alongside Alan Krashesky.

WBBM Reporter Facing Multiple Charges After Weekend Accident

savini_cropped_WbbmDave Savini, investigative reporter for CBS owned Chicago station WBBM, is facing multiple charges after being arrested Saturday.

The Daily Herald is reporting Savini faces charges of DUI, endangering the life of a child and battery after a minor accident in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, IL.

The driver of the other vehicle told police that he wanted to report the collision to police, but Savini refused, Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said. The driver said Savini pushed him when he took a photograph of Savini’s license plate with his phone, Cammiso said. Read more

Questions Raised About Ethics of WFLD Contributor

wfld_tiffanySusanna Negovan, the Chicago Sun-Times editor of Splash who appears on FOX owned station WFLD‘s “Good Day Chicago,” is being called out by Chicago media writer Robert Feder.

On last Monday’s “Good Day” while reporting about a party put on by Tiffany & Co., Negovan told viewers about a crystal vase and a Tiffany book she was given by the high end jeweler before she attended the party.

Feder quotes one WFLD staffer as saying,

“You do a commercial for Tiffany and then show the free gifts you received at the end?” Calling it “a blatant ethical lapse no one else at any real news station would tolerate,”

Negovan also said her husband, WGN reporter Tom Negovan, attended the party. There was no word whether he received any gifts. “We probably each had about a thousand dollars in wine and champagne,” Negovan told viewers. Read more

Jake Hamilton Joins ‘Good Day Chicago’ from FOX’s Houston Station

WFLD has added another piece to its newly reworked “Good Day Chicago” puzzle. Jake Hamilton is joining the FOX owned Chicago station’s morning show as a feature reporter.

Hamilton is staying in the FOX family. He comes from the Houston FOX owned station KRIV where he was an entertainment reporter.

Though TVSpy hears he won’t be doing the same sort of work he did in Houston, he seems to have pushed some buttons in Chicago already. After taking a look at Hamilton’s goodbye on KRIV, Chicago media writer Robert Feder asked, “Is it too late to send him back to Houston?”

Chicago Station Plans Return to ‘Eyewitness News’ Brand

wls_304Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports ABC owned Chicago station WLS will once again brand itself as “Eyewitness News.”

Feder said the “Eyewitness News” name ran from 1969 until 1996 on WLS. Today, WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KTRK in Houston and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham use the brand.

WLS general manager John Idler told Feder, “The reality is ['Eyewitness News'] still has a very strong identity with this station — even though it was dropped a number of years ago. It’s still very important to our viewers, and they associate it with ABC 7. That’s principally why we’re bringing it back.”

Idler emphasized that the goal isn’t to go retro. “The execution of this is going to be very contemporary,” he said. “It is not going to be a look back to ‘Eyewitness News.’ It is going to be a look forward to what ‘Eyewitness News’ means to viewers today.” Read more

Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling Marks 35 Years with WGN

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for Chicago CW affiliate WGN, celebrated 35 years with the station this week.

The station marked the occasion yesterday after his 9:00 p.m. forecast with a low-key mention from anchor Micah Materre, “35 years on the air here,” said Materre. “35 years, isn’t that something?” replied Skilling. “Congratulations!” said Materre. They then showed footage of Skilling in the early years doing his forecast wearing the yellow team blazer with the nine on the breast pocket. “That was burlap,” Skilling said of his blazer.

Last year, Skilling signed a new 10 year multimillion dollar contract. Shortly after signing he told Chicago media writer Robert Feder, “I have marveled at the support I’ve received from my viewers all these years — at their loyalty and kindness. We are nothing in our line of work without those who offer us the gift of taking time out of their busy days to grace us with the honor of checking out what we do and what we have to say. I’m beyond words over the whole thing.”

As part of the celebration of his 35 year tenure, Skilling, along with the some of the WGN weather team, sang “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch at yesterday’s Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds. As a side note, listen to the Cubs announcer put the wrong em-PHA-sis on the wrong sy-LLAB-le when pronouncing meteorologist. For the record, the Reds blanked the Cubbies 5 to zip.

You can watch video of Materre wishing Skilling happy anniversary and Skilling singing at the Cubs game after the jump. Read more

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

After Three Decades with ABC, Chris Bury Shifts Focus to Local News

After more than thirty years with ABC News – much of it based out of Chicago for Nightline and World News — correspondent Chris Bury is looking to the future. Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports that after leaving the network last year, Bury has been “waiting out” his contract, finally making him an official free agent today.

First up is hosting a weekly public affairs show, In the Loop, for City Colleges of Chicago public station WYCC.  Interestingly, he’ll rotate anchor duties with another former ABC’er, reporter Barbara Pinto.

Also on the horizon: producing content via the newly-lunched Burcat Media Group, established with his wife Catherine Catalane, an anchor at Chicago’s WBBM-AM.

Another possibility is anchoring for a Windy City station. “That would be great,” Bury says. “Chicago is a great city where people still care about news. Most of the stations here are at least trying to do a solid job. It’s not the crap you see in Los Angeles or New York.”

Bury is a South Side native who worked in local news at KPRC in Houston, WTMJ in Milwaukee, and at St. Louis’ KTVI.

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