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Q2 Earnings: Tribune Broadcasting Revenue Falls 20%

Tribune Co. reported $260 million in broadcast revenues for the second quarter of 2013, down -20% from $327 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline includes $41 million in one-time copyright royalties paid to WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, in 2012.

Advertising revenue also declined $17 million in the quarter, primarily at WGN and WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. Tribune says WPIX continues to be impacted by the Cablevision blackout last year and WGN’s performance has been impacted by lower sports revenue. Retransmission and carriage fees were up 15% for the quarter.

“While our second quarter financial results reflect many of the same challenges faced by the other companies in our sector, we have made substantial progress strategically repositioning Tribune for long term growth,” Tribune president and CEO Peter Liguori said in a statement.

WGN Announces Morning Show Expansion and Changes to On-Air Lineup

Chicago CW affiliate WGN has announced changes to its on-air lineup and an expanded morning news.

Starting September 3, Dan Ponce will join Erin McElroy as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News at 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. Before coming to WGN in 2010, Ponce was a reporter at the Chicago ABC owned station WLS.

“News, music and humor – there’s only one newscast in the city where I can do all three,” said Ponce in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be joining Chicago’s most popular morning TV team.  It’s going to be a big adjustment waking up that early, but anchoring with Erin McElroy every day will make it well worth it.” 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

WGN Anchor Squirms as Man Hammers Nail into His Nose During Live Shot

When WGN anchors Robin Baumgarten and Frank Holland tossed to feature reporter Ana Belaval for her “Around Town” segment, they probably had little idea they would leave viewers of the Chicago CW affiliate morning show wondering which was more entertaining, seeing a man hammer a nail into his nose or listening to Baumgarten freaking out about it. Watch the video after the jump.

The segment started out with Belaval saying, “I’m holding a nail and he’s holding a hammer. This never turns out good,” while standing next to Joe Diamond, a local magician.

Viewers watched Diamond at work while hearing things like, “It’s on TV!” or “Oh God! Come on,” and “Gross! Stop!” from Baumgarten back in the studio. By the time he pulled the nail out, Baumgarten had turned around with her back to camera and even Belaval had checked out. See the video inside. Read more

Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory Joining WGN

Demetrius Ivory will be joining Chicago CW affiliate WGN as a morning meteorologist.

“As we expand our WGN Morning News to 10am, we look forward to Demetrius joining our ‘must watch’ Morning News,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement. “Demetrius brings a real enthusiasm for meteorology to his work.  His on-air personality and warmth will fit well with our Morning News team.”

Ivory, who will anchor the weather from 4:00 to 6:00 am on WGN, comes from WTAE in Pittsburgh where he was also the morning meteorologist. He’s also worked at WYTV in Youngstown, OH, and WOHL in Lima, OH.

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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.

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.

VIDEO: Chicago Sports Anchor Hands Out Blackhawks Towels in Boston

WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo ventured into enemy territory Monday, reporting from Boston ahead of game three of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Like any good guest, Tomasulo did not arrive empty-handed. As a result, Tomasulo made some new friends … and some new enemies. (Video after the jump.)

For those keeping score, Boston leads the best of seven series 2-1. [h/t CBS Sports] Read more

Antwan Lewis to Co-Anchor Weekend Evening Newscasts at WNYW

Antwan Lewis has been named weekend evening co-anchor at New York City Fox O&O WNYW. Beginning May 18, Lewis will co-anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts alongside Christina Park.

Lewis joined WNYW in 2010 as a general assignment reporter. Since January, he has anchored the station’s early morning newscast alongside Juliet Huddy. Lewis has also worked at WGN in Chicago and KTVK in Phoenix.

WNYW will rotate reporters and anchors to fill in on the early morning newscast until a new co-anchor is named.

Happy National Hug an Anchor Day!

It’s National Hug an Anchor Day, and anchors across the country are getting a little love from colleagues, fans, random people in parking lots and people in tomato costumes. Here’s a sample of how a few stations are celebrating.

KXRM in Colorado Springs enlisted the Fazoli’s mascot to help them celebrate:

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