Tag Archives: ABC 7

The state of syndication in 2021 (three months early)

  Pandemic, shifting audiences makes it challenging for stations and syndicators Generally, I write these state of syndication articles in January before the NATPE gathering in Miami. But [..]

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Retired WLS-TV anchor Joel Daly dies at 86

Helped usher in station’s ratings dominance Months after meteorologist Jerry Taft died, another former well-liked personality from WLS-TV has passed.  Anchor Joel Daly, who spent 38 years at [..]

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Fall syndication preview: It’s all Drew

Drew Barrymore show set to debut Monday – on TWO local stations [Editor’s Note: An earlier draft listed incomplete time period information for Law & Crime Daily and [..]

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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 [..]

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Chicagoans stunned by a new round of looting, vandalism (updated)

Local stations right in the thick of it [Editor’s Note: This is a new version of a story posted earlier Monday.] Just like on Survivor when an unsuspecting [..]

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Jerry Taft dies

Longtime Chicago meteorologist was at ABC 7, WMAQ-TV and WMAQ-AM After the sudden death of WMAQ-TV anchor Dick Johnson over a month ago, Chicago television viewers are yet [..]

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Chicago stations collaborate on celebrating 2020 grads

Oprah Winfrey to speak to local grads The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out graduation ceremonies all over the Chicago area, but they get to celebrate virtually – with [..]

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NBC 5 anchor Dick Johnson dies

Anchor/reporter for NBC5 had 38-year journalism career in Chicago Journalists and anchors were stunned at the sudden death of NBC 5 (NBC-owned WMAQ-TV) anchor Dick Johnson, who passed [..]

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Update: Chicago, nation remains on edge after night of rioting, looting

Riots hit downtown; spread to city neighborhoods and suburbs Sunday National Guard called up [Updated at 8:06 p.m.]  The last 24 hours have been truly hellish for Chicagoans, [..]

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Coronavirus update: Local shows shut down production

CW 26’s The Jam, ABC 7’s Windy City Live enter production hiatus The coronavirus epidemic has not only crippled the economy and changed the way we live, but [..]

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Coronavirus sacks “Jeopardy”, “Wheel” live studio audiences

Decision made after epidemic spreads across globe; Chicago film studio also affected Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 4 p.m. on March 10.  The coronavirus epidemic has [..]

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The Media Notepad: Four ABC 7 emloyees told to stay home due to coronavirus

Also: Steve Wilkos and Maury Povich renewed; Kids in the Hall returns; Divorce Court gets a new judge The coronavirus epidemic has now hit Chicago’s media community. As [..]

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The state of syndication in 2020

With Tamron Hall and Kelly Clarkson hits, syndication’s doing well thank you very much If you’ve read this blog over the years, I usually write a “state of [..]

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ABC wins ratings war in tamer New Year’s Eve derby

Ratings down nationally but “Rockin’ Eve” still tops New Year’s 2020 didn’t have Mariah Carey being confused on stage or Don Lemon hitting a bong, but viewers still [..]

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Rewinding 2019 in media

  Disney Plus made the biggest splash of the year 2019 saw the end of several institutions, big media battles, and disappointing sports teams. Let’s start with the [..]

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