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Sylvia Perez No Longer with WLS

TVSpy has confirmed 11:00am anchor Sylvia Perez is no longer with WLS.

Perez had been with the ABC owned Chicago station for 24 years.  She was the co-anchor of the 11:00am news and the station’s medical reporter.

Last week, the station announced it was dropping the 11:00am show and replacing it with “Windy City LIVE,” a locally produced show. The move was spurred by WLS’ acquisition of “Live with Michael and Kelly,” which will air at 9:00am.

According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, Perez was not going to have her contract renewed in September. She has not been on-air since Thursday. Her former 11:00am co-anchor, Linda Yu, will continue to anchor the 4:00pm news.

Perez started at WLS in 1989.  Before coming to WLS, she worked in Houston and Amarillo, TX, Denver, and Lawton, OK.

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WLS Adds ‘Live With Kelly and Michael,’ Drops 11 a.m. Newscast

WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, is dropping its 11 a.m. newscast after more than 20 years this fall, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

The cancellation is because WLS has acquired the syndicated “Live With Kelly and Michael,” which has previously aired in Chicago on CW affiliate WGN. Beginning in the fall, WLS will air “Live” at 9 a.m. The locally produced “Windy City Live” will shift to 11 a.m., displacing the newscast, which has been anchored by Linda Yu and Sylvia Perez since its 1992 debut.

WLS will launch a web-only newscast that will air at noon, “ABC 7 to Go,” WLS president and general manager John Idler said.

“ABC 7 News is one of our greatest strengths and we’re parlaying that resource to meet the changing needs of our audience with ‘ABC 7 to Go,’ ” Idler said in a statement. “There’s no question ‘Windy City Live’ has also become a dynamic part of Chicago – creating a buzz, attracting a loyal following and keeping morning viewers entertained. By incorporating the resources and reach of ABC 7 News, ‘Windy City Live’ will give viewers another reason to watch.”

Feder reports that the Tribune Broadcasting-owned WGN will replace “Live” with a sixth hour of the morning newscast.