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Chicago Meteorologist Twitter Bullies Rival over Forecast

Apparently Jerry Taft, meteorologist for Chicago ABC owned station WLS, was on vacation when the region was hit by a snowstorm.

Taft noticed Brant Miller, meteorologist for cross town rival NBC owned station WMAQ, predicted a lot more snow than the three to six inches delivered. So he tweeted out a screen shot of Miller telling Chicago viewers about the snow dump that never came.

Like any good bullyfest going down behind the 7-Eleven after school, WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich got in a long distance shot from the Charlotte, NC NBC affiliate. So much for the brotherhood of the peacock. Read more

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

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Debra O’Connell Promoted to President of ABC National Sales for Owned Stations

oconnell_abcownedsalesDebra O’Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Sales, succeeding John Watkins who announced his retirement in November.

“Debra is a fantastic executive, a great collaborator, and the perfect choice to head NTVS,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group said in a statement. “Her many years with ABC and her excellent reputation within the advertising industry, as well as her vision for the future of the division, are a huge asset for our company.”

O’Connell will be responsible for national advertising sales for WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno. She will also oversee national sales for the “Live Well Network” and ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment. Read more

WLS Tease Mistake Stinks Up Fish Story

It only took two letters to turn a WLS tease about a fish story to crap.

Luckily the report for the Chicago ABC owned station was actually about Asian Carp and no one at the station was attempting to tell tales about the size.

The gaffe was spotted by a local viewer who tweeted about it:

WLS Sends Injured Anchor ‘Get Well Wishes’

WLS_01-09-2014_16.18.49During yesterday’s 4:00 p.m. news on Chicago’s WLS, Linda Yu‘s co-anchor Alan Krashesky updated viewers on Yu’s condition.

“We did talk to her this afternoon. She’s in good spirits,” said the anchor for the ABC owned station. “She’s actually grateful for all your good wishes, the messages you’ve been sending. We do hope to have her back as soon as she recovers from her surgery.”

Krashesky said Yu will soon undergo a second surgery after breaking her left leg in a traffic accident last weekend.

Kathy Brock, who was filling in for Yu at 4:00 p.m. added, “And the really good news about this if there is any good news, she broke her leg in Florida.”

Chicago Anchor Recovering from Accident

linda-yu-304WLS is giving anchor Linda Yu time to recover from surgery.

According to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, the anchor for the ABC owned station may have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Feder writes Yu “was out of town when the accident happened, according to colleagues at WLS-Channel 7.”

>UPDATE: Yu posted a message to viewers on her facebook page.

Yu anchors the station’s 4:00 p.m. newscast alongside Alan Krashesky.

Chicago ABC Station Adds to I-Team

wls_knowles_croppedWLS has moved general assignment reporter Jason Knowles to investigative reporter.

“Jason is no stranger to incisive investigative reporting,” Jennifer Graves, VP and news director of the Chicago ABC owned station, said in a statement. “Jason is a tenacious reporter and knows how to dig up a good story.  He’ll be a valuable asset to the I-Team and will undoubtedly work well with Chuck Goudie, whose reputation for investigative journalism is outstanding.”

Knowles joins the station’s I-Team, led by Goudie, January 20.

Before coming to WLS, Knowles worked at WTVG in Toledo and WKAG in Hopkinsville, KY. He started working at WLS in 2004 as a special projects producer and was named general assignment reporter in 2009.

WLS Surveys Viewers About Weather Team

jerry taft wlsWLS, the ABC owned station in Chicago, is enlisting a “select group of Chicago area viewers to aid in formulating a long-range weather plan” for after longtime meteorologist Jerry Taft (pictured) retires, media reporter Robert Feder reports:

One of the participants in the ongoing research study shared with me a copy of the online survey, which includes such questions as: “If Jerry Taft were no longer one of the weathercasters on ABC 7 News – WLS, how much more or less often would you watch the local news on ABC 7 News – WLS?”

Another question asks: “If Tracy Butler were no longer one of the weathercasters on ABC 7 News – WLS, how much more or less often would you watch the local news on ABC 7 News – WLS between 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.?”

[...] “We’re always looking for ways to improve our product and serve our viewers,” [WLS general manager John] Idler told me Monday. “It’s standard to ask multidimensional questions so we can fully understand our viewers’ affinity for the way we keep them informed.”

Gil Soffer Joins WLS as Legal Analyst

gil sofferGil Soffer is joining WLS, the ABC owned station in Chicago, as a legal analyst, the Chicago Business Journal reports.

Soffer, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, is the managing partner of Katten, Muchin and Rosenman’s Chicago office.

“Gil offers tremendous input and clarity on criminal law cases with his years of experience as both a defense attorney and federal prosecutor. He is smart, articulate, quick-witted and does an impressive job simplifying complex cases for our viewers,” news director Jennifer Graves said.

Tanja Babich Joins Chicago ABC Station

babich_croppedNow we know where Tanja Babich is heading after sweeps is over.

Chicago’s ABC owned station WLS has announced Babich will join the station as a reporter and substitute anchor.

The morning anchor for WSYR recently announced she was leaving the Syracuse, NY, ABC station at the end of November.

Babich told WSYR viewers about the move on her facebook page Tuesday, “After more than six years at NewsChannel 9, I will be leaving at the end of the month to pursue an exciting opportunity in a great new city. I will miss Central New York, our viewers, my co-workers and, especially, my family and friends.”

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