Tribune staffers call for 24-hour strike Thursday

Call for fair wages, equal pay ignored by hedge fund The Chicago Tribune Guild, the union who oversees the journalists working at the Alden-owned newspaper, is going on a 24-hour strike beginning Thursday at 5 a.m. This is our open letter to Alden Global Capital explaining why we are going on strike tomorrow @chicagotribune pic.twitter.com/HDkutMeWlc — Gregory Royal Pratt (@royalpratt) […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: The month of August was so on-brand for Chicago

  White Sox debacles, news crews getting robbed spotlight tremendous failure of city institutions If you were a kid in the 1970s or 1980s perhaps you remember a commercial for Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups when someone got peanut butter into their chocolate, and vice versa.  So what happens when the problems of sports’ worst-run franchise mashes up with a problems […]

AM Radio in trouble? Car makers looking to boot frequency

AM radio still matters in Chicago as local media rallies around medium  A lot of electronic ink has been written in recent years about the demise of linear TV, but there’s a communications medium in even more dire straits whose fate isn’t being helped by the auto industry.  Numerous carmakers – especially those who produce electric vehicles, are looking to […]

WGN-TV at 75

Station’s rich history celebrated. But what about the next 75 years?  It was on April 5, 1948 when Col. Robert McCormick fired up the transmitter to join the herd in taking advantage of a then-brand new medium to reach the masses – television.  People stood outside of Tribune Tower in Chicago to see what the hubbub was about. It was […]

“Dilbert” dropped by Chicago Tribune, other papers after creator’s racist comments (updated)

Comments hateful toward Black people were made on his YouTube show  [Editor’s Note: This story was updated on February 27 with new information. – T.H.] The Chicago Tribune – among numerous other newspapers – have pulled the plug on the “Dilbert” comic strip after the creator made racist remarks. As a result, syndicator Andrews McMeel Universal has severed ties with […]

The Media Notepad: “Family Feud” renewed through 2026

Also: Sling adds ABC 7 to its lineup – at a cost; MLB possibly looking at reclaiming local rights as RSNs creater; Chicago media comings and goings  Joining a trend of veteran series handing out multi-year renewals, the latest came this week when Debmar-Mercury announced it has re-upped Family Feud through 2026, taking the show to its 27th consecutive season […]

Crain’s to stop political endorsements

Business publication joins a growing list of media outlets halting them You can add Crain’s Chicago Business to the list of local publications bowing out of the political endorsement game. Saying times have changed, Crain’s said Monday it is ending political endorsements from its publication after 44 years as such tools are really no longer effective. In a letter to […]

Chicago stations cover Highland Park shooting tragedy

Local stations pre-empt programming on holiday For a city used to the horrors of gun violence, even this was too much to take. On a sparkly clear day, a Fourth Of July parade in the north suburban community of Highland Park was interrupted by a gunman who opened fire from a roof of a commercial building, hitting spectators below. As […]

2021: So how did we do?

A year ago, T Dog Media laid out the predictions on what to look for in the media business for 2021. So how did we do? Well, we got the answers right here: 1. MeTV’s Toon In With Me. So far, the new Bill Leff-hosted retro cartoon show on MeTV – reminiscent of such fare in the 1960s and 1970s, has gotten […]

The Media Notepad: Journalists and columnists exit Chicago Tribune en masse

Also: The Score’s Danny Parkins raises money for a neighborhood grocery; ESPN 1000 comes to HD Radio; Lauren Lake signs on with Entertainment Studios for new show   As the website was under construction for the last two weeks, here were some stories that made news, and as you can imagine, this first item was the biggest. With Alden Global Capital […]

It’s official: Alden takes over the Chicago Tribune

Alden takes control, ending local ownership after more than 150 years  In a move everyone saw coming, New York City-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital last Friday got the green light to take full ownership of Tribune Publishing.  The Chicago Tribune – one of the papers involving in the Alden transaction, reported the deal officially closed late Monday night. This […]

Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune under fire for controversial column on Adam Toledo shooting

Eric Zorn’s column on police shooting highlights latest clash between the local media and minority communities In the latest example of how the Chicago media often bump heads with minority communities, Chicago Tribune opinion writer Eric Zorn published an article last Tuesday that generated a lot of heat. The subject matter was the fatal police shooting of thirteen-year-old Adam Toledo […]

“Chicago Tonight” in turmoil: Executive Producer out after social media post violations

              Now-departed exec producer threatened show’s journalistic legacy  If the decision to sell the Chicago Tribune – a local institution dating back to 1847 to out-of-town hedge fund interests who are known as newsroom gutters weren’t enough, now another headache as emerged at another of the city’s top news organizations.  WTTW’s Chicago Tonight – […]

What to look for and who to watch in 2021

New year, new administration brings changes When 2021 started, we had hope in a new year. But it looks like we’re going to spending a lot of time cleaning up the messes of 2020.  For one, we had an insurrection in Washington D.C.  just six days in the new year, as white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups descended on the Capitol […]