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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.

Legendary Chicago Anchor Team to Step Down Thursday

Anchor legends Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson will sign off from the Chicago CBS owned station WBBM for the final time Thursday.

“I think we’ve benefited more than CBS,” Kurtis told Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder. “What fun to relive the best years of your life. Walter and I started co-anchoring in 1973. I was 33. He was 36 or 37, I think. Now we’re over 70.”

In their first run with WBBM, the two anchored the 10:00 pm. news from 1973 until 1982. They then returned to the Chicago station in 2010. They announced their most recent departure in August last year, handing the reins of their 6:00 p.m. newscast to Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan. Read more

WBBM Anchor’s Manti Te’o Interview in the Spotlight After Girlfriend Hoax Revealed

After an extensively-reported Deadspin article revealed that Manti Te’o‘s dead girlfriend never existed, a November interview the Notre Dame football star did with WBBM anchor and Notre Dame alumnus Kate Sullivan has made its way into the national spotlight.

Te’o talked extensively about his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, in an interview that was conducted by Notre Dame and featured on the university’s website. Te’o recounted sleeping on the phone with her as she was in the hospital and told Sullivan that Kekua had written him a letter for every game before she died (video above, beginning at the 2:40 mark). Read more

WBBM’s Steve Baskerville Nearly Forgets 25 Year Anniversary: ‘It slipped by me’

Veteran WBBM meteorologist Steve Baskerville may have forgotten his 25th year anniversary at the Chicago CBS O&O if it wasn’t for a gentle reminder, according to Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder.

It wasn’t until I showed him a clip of my Sun-Times column reporting his arrival in 1987 that Baskerville realized he’d reached that milestone. “It slipped by me,” he said. “I’m really fortunate to stay employed so long. I made my Uncle B.C. proud. He thought the real security was learning how to fix TVs — not be on TV!”

Before joining WBBM as meteorologist, Baskerville was the weather anchor for “CBS This Morning” from 1984 to 1987.  Before that he worked at KYW in Philadelphia as weather anchor and co-host of a morning talk show with Maury Povich.

After the jump, you can watch a short video of Baskerville talking about how he got his start.

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Chris Martinez Set to Join WBBM in Chicago

Chris Martinez is the newest general assignment reporter at WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago.

“WBBM is a legendary television station that’s experiencing a renaissance,” Martinez said in a statement. “Joining this news team is a dream come true: I’m able to practice journalism in the part of the country where I’ve always wanted to live and be a part of a news organization that I’ve always admired.”

Martinez moves to Chicago from Tampa, where he has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at WFTS since 2003. He began his career as an associate producer for WCTV in Tallahassee and went on to work for Central Florida News 13. He begins at WBBM on October 15.

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