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WGN Adding 5 p.m. Weekend Newscast

wgn-logoWGN has announced another expansion of its news operation: the Chicago CW affiliate will launch an hourlong newscast at 5 p.m. on weekends, Robert Feder reports.

“Over the past year we’ve seen more and more major newsworthy events happening on weekends from serious weather to major construction projects,” interim news director Jennifer Lyons wrote in a memo obtained by Feder. “It will be a good thing to be in the Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slot.”

Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange, who currently anchor the 9 p.m. weekend newscasts, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscasts starting July 12. Jim Ramsey will handle weather and Rich King will report on sports.

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WGN Anchor Calls German Holiday Market ‘Kristallnacht’

Robert Jordan, anchor for Chicago’s WGN 9 p.m. news, mistakenly referred to the Windy City’s German holiday market as ‘Kristallnacht’ during his Sunday night broadcast.

Kristallnacht was a series of Nazi pogroms, or attacks against Jews, that took place in early November 1938, while the current Chicago holiday market is known as Christkindlmarket.

Tossing to the newscast’s first weather report, Jordan and co-anchor Jackie Bange were talking about the unseasonably warm weather with Jordan saying, “and Chicagoans took advantage of the rare weather today,” he then stumbled as if trying to remember the name of the market viewers were seeing on screen.  “Shopping at the…uhm…is that the Kristallnacht center there in Dailey Plaza?”

A number of tweets popped up after the anchor’s flub with viewers asking if they heard what they thought they heard.  One such tweet was answered by the station saying, “we reviewed the tape..sounds like a jumble of both. Bob is a student of history, certainly knows the difference. Just a mistake”  You can see the screen grab of the tweet after the jump. 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

Lester Holt’s Son Set to Join NBC O&O

Stefan Holt, the son of NBC’s Lester Holt, is returning to the city where he grew up and joining Chicago’s WMAQ, an NBC O&O.

The junior Holt has been a reporter-anchor for WPBF in West Palm Beach, FL since 2009. He is set to join WMAQ as a reporter and weekend morning anchor beginning in June.

“We are happy to bring Stefan home,” Frank Whittaker, WMAQ’s station manager and vice president, said in announcing the move. “He spent most of his childhood growing up in Lincoln Park.”

Lester Holt worked in Chicago for 14 years as an anchor for CBS O&O WBBM in the 80s and 90s.

The Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal points out that Stefan is joining other WMAQ staffers with Chicago broadcasting lineage, including Anthony Ponce (the son of Phil Ponce), Lauren Jiggetts (the daughter of Dan Jiggetts), and Christian Farr (the son-in-law of WGN’s Robert Jordan). Read more