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“Dancing With The Stars” heads to Disney Plus

Move of longtime ABC competition show is due to the return of Monday Night Football  In an announcement that raised eyebrows, Disney announced Friday the move of Dancing With The Stars from broadcast network ABC to its streaming service, Disney Plus.  The move means the long-running series – airing on ABC since 2005, will now have season 31 and 32 […]

CBS 2 announces Joe Donlon as new co-anchor

Teams with Irika Sargent for newscasts Former WGN-TV and NewsNation executive Jennifer Lyons has landed another Nexstar alum to join her at CBS-owned WBBM-TV (CBS 2). As first reported by Robert Feder, Joe Donlon is joining Irika Sargent as co-anchor of the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts starting May 2. This is the second NewsNation alum to join […]

“Drew” returning for third season as CBS stations expands local news

  Show will have new format to accommodate local news expansion The struggling Drew Barrymore Show has been renewed for a third season. Making it official, CBS Media Ventures announced Friday that the show is returning for the 2022-23 season, but with a twist – Drew is being split into two half-hours stations can run separately or together as an […]

The Media Notepad: WTTW technicians’ strike continues

Also: WBEZ ties for 1st in PPMs; WTMX has a new afternoon show; Black News Channel update It looks like the technician strike at Chicago’s WTTW isn’t going to end anytime soon. IBEW 1220, who represents technicians and electricians at the North Side public television station, went on strike on March 16 demanding better pay, working conditions, and against shifting […]

NBC Sports Chicago to debut new “Unfiltered With David Kaplan” Monday

Live, daily sports talk programming returns to NBC Sports Chicago For the first time since the cancellation of Sports Talk Live, NBC Sports Chicago is launching new local half-hour nightly sports program Unfiltered With David Kaplan beginning Monday, coinciding with the start of baseball season later in the week. According to a press release, Kaplan “will bring the entertainment to […]

The 2022 Academy Awards slaps up higher ratings (UPDATED)

  The “slap seen around the world” takes dominates on night where it should have been about historic wins  [Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 29 to add final Nielsen ratings and to make some minor corrections.] Ratings for this year’s Academy Awards telecast increased from last year but as we know, this isn’t the biggest story if the […]

Black News Channel shuts down

  Closure displays challenges of operating a cable network in streaming era In a move coming seemingly out of nowhere, the Black News Channel announced Friday it was suspending operations.  Targeted to black viewers and others of color, BNC launched on February 10, 2020 – just a month before the pandemic took a hold of the U.S. Based in Tallahassee, […]

Radio stations punt on gas promotions leaving Willie Wilson to fill the void

  Dr. Willie Wilson takes over a promotion radio stations have abandoned  Here’s something you should think about this morning when you go to the free gas giveaway at your local Chicago-area filling station. Didn’t radio used to do these type of promotions back in the day? Before businessman and perennial political candidate Dr. Willie Wilson and others started doing […]

Leah Rahimi joins NBC 5 full-time as sports anchor

Gives up full-time position as 670 The Score co-host but remains to co-host on Wednesdays Appearing on NBC 5/WMAQ-TV’s Sports Sunday has now led Leah Rahimi to a full-time position handling sports anchor duties, beginning next month, becoming the first full-time female sports anchor in the history of the station.  She’ll appear on the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. […]

Block Club Chicago comes to TV

  On The Block to cover neighborhood news One of the Chicago area’s newest non-profit journalism start-up is expanding into the linear TV realm. Block Club Chicago and Weigel Broadcasting are teaming up to launch a new half-hour weekly newsmagazine show featuring stories from the city and suburbs. Titled On The Block and hosted by Brandon Pope, the show aims […]

Merri Dee dies at 85

Trailblazing woman worked at WGN-TV, WCIU, and WSNS Longtime media personality Merri Dee – one of the first Black television personalities in Chicago, passed away at the age of 85 Wednesday. This is a tweet from her official account, posted the same day: Merri loved connecting with people anywhere, everywhere — in-person, on-air, often in the airport, & always online. […]