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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.

WBBM Reporter to Fight Suspension of Driving Privilege after DUI Arrest

savini_mugshotThe Chicago Tribune is reporting Dave Savini, the investigative reporter for Chicago CBS owned station WBBM plans to fight the automatic suspension of his license after his DUI arrest last weekend.

Savini’s attorney is fighting Illinois’ Statutory Summary Suspension. According to a FAQ page on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, the Statutory Summary Suspension “will result in a 6 or 12-month suspension” after a blood alcohol level more than a .08 in a chemical test.

The Tribune reports Savini’s lawyer filed a petition Wednesday in DuPage County:

The petition says Naperville police did not have probable cause to charge Savini with driving under the influence. The petition also says police did not follow proper procedures during Savini’s arrest and blood-alcohol test.

According to DuPage County court files, Savini’s blood-alcohol level registered .134 in the early-morning hours of Jan. 4, following his arrest by Naperville police on misdemeanor charges of DUI, battery, child endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

TV Stations Use Hot Water to Show What the Cold Can Do…to Hot Water


With this week’s cold snap, TV stations are looking for ways to show just how cold it is outside. More than a few stations are showing the trick where hot water turns to snow when it’s thrown into the freezing air.

Jim Romenesko points out this is quickly becoming the winter equivalent of frying an egg on the sidewalk in summer.

Yesterday in Chicago, both WBBM meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist and WGN morning show reporter Marcus Leshock added to the Windy City’s snow totals with the demo. Leshock also showed how quickly the cold turned a wet t-shirt into what looked like cardboard.

Gannett stations are KTHV in Little Rock is sharing a video of Des Moines, IA, CBS affiliate KCCI reporter Kim St. Onge demonstrating the trick.

If you notice any stations throwing hot water into cold air or using the “see what happens to a wet t-shirt” trick feel free to post them in the comments section.

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

Confusion on Chicago Stations as Jesse Jackson Jr. is Turned Away From Prison

The big story in Chicago today is former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who reported to federal prison in North Carolina Monday afternoon. In a strange twist, Jackson — who was four days early to start serving his 30 month sentence — was turned away from the prison yesterday before he was officially admitted this morning.

On Monday’s late newscasts, only WLS reporter Ben Bradley correctly reported that “a paperwork problem means he’s not technically in custody.” NBC owned WMAQ, Fox owned WFLD and CBS owned WBBM all reported Jackson had begun his sentence.

“He was given his sheets, he was given his clothes, he was searched, and he was forced to do a body cavity search, which is the most demeaning thing that could happen to an individual,” WBBM legal analyst Irv Miller told reporter Jay Levine (watch after the jump).

The stations walked back the accounts of Jackson’s surrender on the morning newscasts this morning, after The Chicago Tribune reported that prison officials said he was not in custody. Read more

WBBM Expands Sunday Morning Newscast

WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago, is adding an hour to its Sunday morning newscast beginning next month.

“September 22 marks one year since our return to weekend morning news and viewers have responded,” news director Jeff Kiernan said in a statement. “Adding an hour to our Sunday morning broadcast underscores our commitment to serving our community.”

The expanded newscast will begin one hour earlier, at 6 a.m., and will continue to be anchored by Marissa Bailey with reporter Courtney Gousman and meteorologist Ed Curran. The newscast, which airs immediately before ratings powerhouse “CBS Sunday Morning,” has given the station its best ratings on Sunday morning since the advent of Nielsen’s Local People Meters, according to WBBM.

Former WFOR Anchor Antonio Mora Joins Al Jazeera America

Former WFOR anchor Antonio Mora is joining Al Jazeera America to host a nightly current affairs talk show.

Mora left the Miami CBS O&O in December after his contract was not renewed. He has also previously worked at ABC News and WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that’s committed to in-depth coverage of stories important to all Americans,” Mora said in a statement. “I’m truly looking forward to tackling important issues with our guests and bringing forth the voices of everyday Americans affected by the topics we’ll discuss on the show.”

TVNewser has more details on the hire.

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

Former WBBM Anchor Susan Carlson to Report For Rival WMAQ

Susan Carlson is joining WMAQ in Chicago as a freelance reporter, a spokesperson for the NBC owned station confirmed to TVSpy. Carlson is a former anchor at rival WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago.

According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, which first reported the news, Carlson will be a reporter for WMAQ’s newly-expanded weekend morning newscasts.

Carlson worked at WBBM for 10 years before she was released from her contract in March. She began her television career at Chicago CW affiliate WGN, where she was a traffic reporter, in 1995. She went on to work as a reporter at ABC O&O WLS before she joined WBBM, where she would work in a variety of roles before eventually taking over at the morning anchor desk.

Judge Throws Out Former WMAQ Reporter’s Libel Lawsuit Against Rival WBBM

An Illinois judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed by Amy Jacobson, a former reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ, against rival WBBM and its parent company, CBS.

Jacobson sued the station for $1 million in 2008 after WBBM aired a report that showed her at the house of Craig Stebic, a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. The report showed Jacobson, who is now a radio talk show host in Chicago, at an “apparent pool party” at Stebic’s home, according to the Chicago Tribune. Stebic was never charged in his wife’s disappearance.

The Tribune has details on the ruling:

In a nine-page ruling filed Tuesday, Judge Jeffrey Lawrence stated that Jacobson failed to show that CBS fabricated unfavorable content about her. He also stated that critical comments and other material in the CBS piece were “constitutionally protected expressions of opinion,” or based on facts.

Jacobson’s attorney said they will appeal.

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