Dan Miller to step in as host of ‘Beyond the Beltway’ on TV

Dan Miller

Dan Miller

“Beyond the Beltway,” Bruce DuMont’s long-running political talk show, temporarily will split into two versions — one for radio and one for television — with veteran Chicago journalist Dan Miller hosting the TV edition.

DuMont, who launched the show in 1980, will continue to host “Beyond the Beltway” on radio. It airs live from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays on Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 and 35 other stations across the country. Continue reading

WTTW’s Ponce welcomes 7 p.m. rival: ‘We wish the new program well’

Phil Ponce

Phil Ponce

How big is the audience for local news at 7 p.m. in Chicago? We’re about to find out.

It’s been more than 25 years since a commercial station here courted news viewers on the cusp of prime time. In 1987, Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 inaugurated its news operation with a newscast at 7 p.m. (promoted as “the news that doesn’t get home before you do”). By 1989, Fox 32 News had shuffled off to 9 p.m. Continue reading

ABC 7′s Mark Giangreco apologizes for ‘cut your wrists’ graphic

Mark Giangreco

Mark Giangreco

Mark Giangreco, veteran sports anchor at WLS-Channel 7, apologized Wednesday for the wording of a graphic that offended some viewers for its facetious allusion to suicide.

Under a picture of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, the graphic over Giangreco’s shoulder said: “Cut him or cut your wrists.” It aired during the ABC-owned station’s 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday and touched off a firestorm on social media. Continue reading

ABC 7 to produce 7 p.m. newscast for The U

Linda Yu and Hosea Sanders

Linda Yu and Hosea Sanders

In a groundbreaking partnership between two Chicago television powerhouses, Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU-Channel 26 will air a one-hour Monday-through-Friday newscast in prime time, to be produced by ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7.

Starting January 12, “ABC 7 Eyewitness News on WCIU, The U,” will air from 7 to 8 p.m. weeknights, with veteran news anchors Linda Yu and Hosea Sanders, sports anchor Jim Rose and ABC 7’s newest hire, meteorologist Cheryl Scott. The newscast will originate from ABC 7 studios at 190 North State Street. Continue reading

Cheryl Scott ‘truly thankful’ for ABC 7 weather role

Cheryl Scott

Cheryl Scott

As expected, meteorologist Cheryl Scott has officially joined the weather team at WLS-Channel 7, where she’ll initially be filling in during various newscasts.

Her hiring, effective immediately, was announced Monday by Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of the ABC-owned station. Terms of her three-year deal were not disclosed.

Scott steps in as ABC 7’s fifth full-time weather personality along with chief meteorologist Jerry Taft and Tracy Butler, Mike Caplan and Phil Schwarz.

“I’m excited to join ABC 7 Eyewitness News and their respected and dedicated weather team,” Scott said in a statement. “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in Chicago, a city I have come to know and love, and now call home!” Continue reading

WGN America comes home to Chicago

"Salem"

“Salem”

For the first time ever, Chicago area cable viewers will be able to watch the national cable channel WGN America in addition to local Tribune Media flagship station WGN-Channel 9.

Starting Tuesday, Comcast Cable systems here will begin carrying WGN America as part of their basic cable tier, including such first-run original programming as “Salem” and “Manhattan” and upcoming reality series “Wrestling with Death” and “Outlaw Country.” Continue reading

CBS 2 anchor Kate Sullivan ‘happy and grateful’ for delivery

Kate Sullivan and newborn Jack

Kate Sullivan and newborn Jack

Weekend news anchors Mai Martinez and Marissa Bailey are expected to alternate filling in alongside Rob Johnson on WBBM-Channel 2 newscasts for the next three months while Kate Sullivan is on maternity leave.

Sullivan, who co-anchors at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekdays on the CBS-owned station, last Thursday delivered a boy, John Michael Tillman. It’s a first child for Sullivan and Michael Tillman, who were married in December 2013. Continue reading