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 […]

CBS New York makes history with GM promotion

Johnny Green Jr. becomes first African-American in position in WCBS’s history ViacomCBS announced Wednesday the promotion of interim news director Johnny Green Jr. to president and general manager of WCBS-TV, the CBS flagship station in New York City, becoming the first Black executive to hold the title at the CBS-owned station.  “Since returning to CBS nine weeks ago, I have […]

Texas bans reality TV cop ride-a-longs

Legislation passed in the wake of Javier Ambler, who died after a police chase filmed by Live PD Everything’s bigger in Texas, but reality TV cop shows have gotten too big for the state.  Texas passed a law this week banning law enforcement from working with reality TV shows such as Live PD and Cops, according to the Austin-American Statesman. […]

The Think Tank: Lightfoot’s decision on journalists forces discussion on racial diversity

Lightfoot’s decision to exclude white journalists sets off firestorm. But it’s a conversation long overdue The latest dustup between the Chicago media and minority communities is unusual because the person behind it happens to be the Mayor of Chicago. On Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot – the first Black woman to be elected to the position in the city’s history, decided […]

Kevin Cross named NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago GM

Takes over role June 1 In a masterful stroke of corporate synergy, current NBC Sports Chicago senior vice president and general manager Kevin Cross will assume the same responsibilities (as president and GM) for NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) and Spanish-language Telemundo Chicago (WSNS-TV) effective June 1, succeeding a retiring David Doebler, who is exiting after eight years. The news was first […]

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 […]

Documentary “Chicago at the Crossroad” to feature how the end of public hosuing re-shaped the Chicago area

WTTW to air latest Chicago-based documentary Thursday night   Fresh off the critical success of City So Real comes another documentary about urban life in Chicago – only this time, it deals with even gritter subject matter. Thursday night, PBS station WTTW is premiering the Emmy-nominated Chicago at the Crossroad, a one-hour documentary about the demolition of public housing in […]

FCC Chairman to lawmaker on racist TV show: Not our problem, ma’am

FCC punts on racism allegations In a marked departure from the last time the FCC dealt with this issue, the agency has rejected a complaint regarding racial and homophobic content on a TV show. The content in question comes from a Puerto Rico TV show called La Comay, where as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai rejected a complaint from New York […]

Chicago media criticized for looting, vandalism coverage

Chicago’s news media under fire for coverage of African-American communities Even though a Tribune article published Friday fell short in describing the tense relationship between the local news media and the Black community, it did bring up valid points needing to be addressed.  In a sub-headline titled “Black Chicagoans, white media at odds”, writer Christen Johnson reported on the frail […]

iHeartMedia’s new Black Information Network launches

Replaces fifteen terrestrial radio stations including Atlanta conservative talk outlet In the aftermath of the George Floyd police murder and protests for racial justice nationwide under the Black Lives Matter movement, there have been calls for more diversity in every faucet of life – especially in the media business, particularly when it comes to news and information. On Tuesday, iHeartMedia […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: Diversity matters

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s untimely death, the world is calling for reform – and the media business must follow the lead [Editor’s Note: This post was updated on July 1 and on December 1.] As one of the few African-Americans who writes a media blog, for years I’ve been pushing for more diversity in the media business, whether […]

Chicago news media fails in protest coverage

No live coverage of Saturday morning mayhem, ignores violence downtown for most part Saturday afternoon and early evening  Local news media needs to explain the lack of coverage When Chicago’s local news media signed off last night around 10:30 p.m., all seemed good: Chicago protests were tame compared to other places around the country where police clashed with protesters days […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: “Survivor” stumbles again on social issues with #MeToo controversy

Latest controversy tells us the show’s producers aren’t willing to learn their lesson on social issues When a contestant named Colton Cumbie exhibited racist behavior on Survivor: One World, this blog called out the show, Hollywood, and the media business in general for failing hard on diversity in a business that’s overwhelmingly white and male. Nearly eight years later, the […]