Miller told Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder, “I am excited to embark upon this wonderful opportunity with IDOT. The agency continues to move forward with cutting-edge ideas and initiatives. I am thrilled to be able to apply the skills I obtained during my tenure in television news to this challenging role.”
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Shortly after 11amET/8amPT, Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as Pope. Local stations in the top five markets broadcast special coverage of his departure and flight to Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican’s vacation retreat.
ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas broadcast national coverage from their affiliated networks of the Pope’s final farewell.
Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum anchored a special report that was broadcast on the Fox O&Os. KTTV in Los Angeles incorporated coverage of the farewell address into the morning newscast, anchored by Steve Edwards, instead of taking the national report.
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Without national coverage to broadcast, CW affiliates produced their own special reports. Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera anchored on WPIX in New York City, Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira anchored on KTLA in Los Angeles, and Steve Sanders and Dina Bair anchored on WGN in Chicago.
Cortney Hall will be the new morning anchor at CLTV, Tribune’s regional cable news channel in Chicago.
Hall joins CLTV from WKMG in Orlando, where she was the morning reporter. She has previously worked for WCIA in Champaign, Ill. and as a producer at Bloomberg News in New York.
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
WGN news director Greg Caputo has some explaining to do after the CW affiliate’s Friday morning newscast, when anchors Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash spent several minutes reporting on a staged plane crash as if it were breaking news. Caputo talks about the incident with the Chicago Tribune, which like WGN is owned by Tribune Co.:
Channel 9 news director Greg Caputo said the station’s helicopter “was close by and was the first news helicopter to arrive on the scene. Based on police radio traffic, several officers in the area were similarly alarmed that there was a plane crash. We contacted Chicago police, Chicago fire, and the FAA seeking information. All of those public agencies said they had no knowledge of a plane crash. But none of them said that it was a scene from a movie.
“Our previous experience with movies and TV shows filming in Chicago is that they inform the community that something is happening,” he added. “Since we had no such advisory, our news team began to describe the scene they could see from our helicopter shot. Other major stations in Chicago were on network news at that time.” Read more
Chicago CW affiliate WGN spent a few minutes during Friday’s morning newscast in breaking news mode, reporting on a small plane that had crashed on King Drive in Chicago. The only problem: the plane crash was actually being staged for the filming of a television show and was not breaking news at all.
After spending a few minutes ad-libbing the aerial shot of the crash — “can you imagine, you’re driving down King Drive and a plane just comes down in the middle of the road?” Robin Baumgarten said — the two anchors paused briefly as they were informed via IFB that the station had been fooled (video above).
WITI won 12 awards, including for outstanding achievement in for news gathering in the hard news single feature and hard news series categories. The station was also honored for outstanding achievement for a news specialty report in the human interest category.
WMAQ won the night’s top honor, the Emmy for outstanding news gathering in the spot news category, for its coverage of the NATO conference in Chicago last year. The station also won an Emmy for outstanding achievement for news gathering in the soft news category. WMAQ led the Chicago stations with nine Emmys; Tribune-owned CW affiliate WGN won eight.
A full list of winners is after the jump. Read more
Thanks to WGN‘s plans to simulcast ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”, Chicago Bears fans without cable or satellite, who live in the Chicago market, will be able to watch the Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys.
The Chicago CW affiliate plans to begin the football broadcast with their own pregame show called “Monday Night Pregame”. The show airs live from Dallas starting at 7 p.m. The simulcast of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Chicago pregame show will feature WGN’s sports anchor Dan Roan and former NFL player Matt Bowen, with David Haugh from the Chicago Tribune and ESPN’s game announcer, Mike Tirico, giving fans a preview of the game.
In a blockbuster deal that was expected to be signed Wednesday, Skilling, 60, agreed to continue as chief meteorologist for the Tribune Co. flagships here through 2022. Terms were not disclosed, but Skilling is believed to be the highest paid local weatherman in the country, with a million-dollar salary and 12-person staff.
Skilling has been chief meteorologist at WGN since 1978, appearing on the station’s newscasts at 11 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Shiver me timbers! Jeff Hoover, WGN’s morning producer, kicked off International Talk Like a Pirate Day by dressing up like a buccaneer named “Long John Johnny Johnson” and regaling viewers with his version of pirate lingo.
Wearing a fake hook for a hand, goatee and pirate outfit, Hoover or “Johnson” told a couple of pirate-themed jokes complete with a laugh track then had a mini melt down before walking off set. Watch the video after the jump.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day, for the uninitiated, is a day where everyone is invited to…well…talk like a pirate.