The Media Notepad: Chicago Sun-Times drops out of Marquee’s “The Reporters” due to editing controversy

Also: Chicago news ratings continue to decline; The Bob’s Burgers Movie does OK business at box office in spite of competition from Top Gun: Maverick The Chicago Sun-Times has dropped out the suddenly controversial Sunday morning sports roundtable series The Reporters on Marquee, after an revelation of producers apparently editing out criticism of Chicago Cubs management from a discussion of […]

Richard Milne exits WXRT

Longtime WXRT personality steps aside to care for ailing wife As first reported by Robert Feder earlier this week, morning personality Richard Milne is exiting Triple A station WXRT-FM June 10 to care for his wife Charlene, who is suffering from frontotemporal dementia. She’s currently in hospice care where she’s been since April.  For Milne, this marks an end of […]

Dan Roan calls it a career after 38 years at WGN-TV

Ellen DeGeneres’ show also ends today [Editor’s Note: There is an update on Ellen’s show below.]  One of Chicago’s longest-tenured sports anchors is ending his run today.  Dan Roan quietly announced his retirement several months ago and made his plans to depart May 26. WGN-TV paid homage to him during their newscasts and on GN Sports half-hour show in a […]

Chicago Police searching for suspect who pointed a gun at TV news crew

Comes after Chicago is obliterated on the national stage again for gun violence after Texas tragedy Chicago TV news crews have mostly avoided getting attacked during live shots, which has been the case in several cities – that is until now. During a live shot Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Clark and Hubbard in the River […]

“Bob’s Burgers” heads to the movies

  The Belcher family faces far more obstacles than the Simpsons did in order to achieve box-office success  When The Simpsons hit the big screen in 2007, the movie was a rousing success, earning more than $536 million at the box office aided by a huge marketing tie-in campaign, which saw several 7-Elevens temporarily converted into Kwik-E-Marts and sold several […]

What’s new in primetime this fall (if you care)

  The upfronts isn’t about network fall schedules anymore. It’s about what major media companies can offer When I started writing this blog in 2006, radio was the dying medium and television was the strong suit. Shows were still drawing 20 million viewers a week and had buzzworthy properties such as The Sopranos and American Idol. In 2022, the narrative […]

Nexstar and The CW: Where things stand now

  CW cancellations fuel speculation of deal forthcoming Five months ago, The CW – the joint venture between Warner Media (now Discovery Warner Bros.) and ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global), created by the merger of UPN and The  WB in 2006 was up for sale, with Irving, Tex.-based Nexstar the leading suitor.  So where does things stand now?  A glimpse of […]

Digital divide could hamper streaming growth

  Low-income Chicago neighborhoods, suburbs lag behind [Editor’s Note: This story was updated on July 19th with a response from AT&T over accusations of digital redling.]  With Dancing With The Stars and Thursday Night Football – two long-time broadcast programs moving to streaming this fall, it signaled something we knew for years – television is shifting to a streaming model […]

“The Profit” and host Marcus Lemonis slapped with lawsuit

  The perils of reality TV resurface as show faces legal trouble amid backlash from angry businesses  If you own a struggling business, it’s probably best you don’t take the reality TV show route to improve your fortunes. In a story published in the Los Angeles Times this week, an Allentown, Pa.-based designed firm is suing The Profit, for $30 […]

Senators target LGBTQ content in children’s programming

  LGBTQ battle shifts to the tube   It would be only a matter of time before politicians would set their sight on television in their war with Disney over LGBTQ rights. In a stunt no doubt timed to curry over favor with their constituents with an election around the corner, five Republican senators are demanding the TV Guidelines Ratings Board […]

Marquee signs deal to carry Chicago Sky games

  New Multi-year deal keeps some games on local over-the-air TV and also includes streaming There was no doubt the Chicago Sky’s first-ever WNBA Championship would send the value of their media rights soaring, by achieving something no other pro Chicago team (with the possible exception of the White Sox) is in the position to do for the foreseeable future.  […]