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Outside Prosecutor Sought in DUI Case of WBBM Reporter Dave Savini

savini_304DuPage County prosecutors will seek the appointment of a special prosecutor for the DUI case of WBBM reporter Dave Savini because of a potential conflict of interest, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“A member of our supervisory staff is a family relative of Mr. Savini,” a spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office told the Sun-Times. He said if the judge agrees, a special prosecutor from outside the county will be named.

Savini was arrested earlier this month after an accident in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, Ill. He faces charges of DUI, endangering the life of a child and battery.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

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.”

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