News anchor Harry Porterfield dies at 95

One of the first African-American news anchors in Chicago, Porterfield had a 51-year career in journalism Harry Porterfield, one of Chicago’s first Black anchors and reporters, died peacefully from natural causes in his Munster, Ind. home Monday at the age of 95. Porterfield was a trailblazer in Chicago media circles, joining local TV news at a time when there were […]

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 […]

Bill Kurtis, Walter Jacobson reunite at WBBM-TV for 6 p.m. newscast

The boys are back in town. The duo who are synonymous with serious, professional journalism are back for another run. CBS-owned WBBM-TV announced today it was reuniting the anchor duo of Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson for its 6 p.m. newscast, effective Sept. 1. The reunification of Kurtis and Jacobson has been rumored for several months. Kurtis and Jacobson were […]

Harry Porterfield returns to Channel 2

One of Chicago’s most recognizable faces is coming home after… wait for it… 24 years! That’s right. Harry Porterfield – who was an anchor at WBBM-TV for 21 years before moving over to WLS-TV in 1985, is returning to the CBS-owned station on August 10, anchoring the 11 a.m. newscast. The 81 year-old Porterfield is also bringing the Someone You […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: We are pissed

The FCC came to Chicago last Thursday, for public hearings on media consolidation and diversity. The whole thing was webcast for the world to hear on the FCC’s website, and yours truly hooked it up to listen for eight hours. Eight loooong hours… The FCC was there at Operation PUSH, and if you listed to the webcast- hell, you’d think […]

Live blogging the FCC hearings

12:30am It’s finally over. Thanks for hanging in with us.12:05 am A Korean television station (WOCH) is now being talked about.12:01 am (now 9/21) Just a thought: Where was Mancow? Too busy filing another lawsuit? 11:46pm Did the author of that book just swear? The FCC will fine him personally. That $8 million for you.11:43pm The corporate shills and charity […]

FCC hearings set for Chicago Thursday

Tomorrow’s Federal Communications Commission hearing on media ownership at Operation Push is going to be a spectacle, no doubt it. It’s an endless debate that will no doubt be exhaustive. As you know, the FCC has been traveling the country gauging public opinion on media ownership. Chicago will no doubt be the agency’s toughest test, since it is home to […]

FCC to hold Chicago hearings – at Operation PUSH

In a surprise move, the planned media-ownership hearings in Chicago won’t be held in the Loop at Columbia College or Roosevelt University – but at Operation PUSH here on the South Side. The hearings will start at 4 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. Operation PUSH’s headquarters are located in the Kenwood neighborhood at 930 East 50th Street near Washington […]

Chicago next stop for FCC public hearings

The FCC will hold its fifth public hearing on media-ownership issues right here in Chicago on September 20. The meetings are being held to get input from the public regarding media-ownership issues. No word yet on where the hearing will be held, so stay tuned here to the T Dog Media Blog for more information as it comes available. And […]

Burns lawsuit nearing end

WBBM-TV anchor Diann Burns’ lawsuit against an contractor may be nearing an end. The anchor and her husband, Marc Watts, sued the contractor for shoddy work done to their $3 million home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood – and because they were African-American. The contractor contersued for the racism allegations. The parties will meet with a Cook County judge on […]