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  1. There is likely more to this. Whether it was the last straw for Burton, or others in the newsroom have come forward, who knows, but that comment alone does not seem like enough to warrant a 5-week+ suspension and possible termination.
  2. Now we know: Giangreco is suspended indefinitely after Cheryl Burton complained to management about a remark he made on air. Feder suggests that his exit may be imminent. https://www.robertfeder.com/2021/03/03/abc-7s-mark-giangreco-fire-ditzy-remark-cheryl-burton/
  3. First time I’ve seen them play with the colors of the L3. It looks kinda sloppy with the different shades of red though. There were rumors on here of a NewsNation package rolling out - maybe a refresh is coming soon at WGN-9?
  4. John Ourand of Sports Business Daily says that none of the networks are interested in a deal for TNF after 2022 because of the lack of exclusivity. When anyone who has an Amazon Prime membership can stream the game (in addition to NFL network airing games), Fox is not inclined to pay $660 million+ per year for the package in the future. https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2020/12/14/Media/Sports-media.aspx
  5. The graphics and music are absolutely beautiful. The only odd thing to me is how the bug is lower on the screen than L3. It almost looks like there should be a ticker down there. The “Your Vote: Your Nation” branding is perfect for them. Loved that talent open!
  6. There has definitely been a lot of buzz on social media the past few days, and maybe some attention they weren't necessarily looking for.
  7. That was Adam Amin calling Cubs-Brewers, in his Fox debut. They used the old MLB theme in this video too, so here’s hoping it’s permanent.
  8. Pretty cool to see the progress on the studio and newsroom. Nexstar is making an impressive investment here.
  9. I think this new role will be a better fit for Donlon. Hopefully they go with “homegrown” talent to replace him on the evening newscasts moving forward... I’d really like to see Ben and Lourdes at the helm at 9pm. With all these departures, WGN should pick up some of the recently laid off CBS2 staffers.
  10. Gaynor Hall was basically assaulted during a live shot tonight at 10 by a guy shouting FHRITP (that’s still a thing in 2020?) Hopefully the police were called, WGN should press charges against this creep.
  11. Julie Unruh to join Midday. She should fit in well there.
  12. Nexstar has released a new website with more info on "News Nation" for advertisers, including some extended promos and renderings of the set, weather center, and newsroom. Looks quite impressive. Hope everything is still on track for a summer launch, but there is no start date given. Also no on-air talent identified yet. https://wgnamericaupfront.com/
  13. Nexstar graphics are here...
  14. Over two years later, the old news set lives again.
  15. A really nice upgrade to the score bug this year. Boxes are shaded for the team colors and logos added too, kinda reminiscent of CBS. Amazing how much better this looks than last year.
  16. The Chicago Sun Times reports that 2019 will be their last season on NBCSCH. The network will be called "Marquee" (seriously) and will be a partnership with (here's the best part)..... Sinclair Broadcast Group! Maybe they'll air Bottom Line with Boris during the pre-game shows. Glad I'm a White Sox fan. https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/while-cubs-prepare-to-launch-marquis-hawks-bulls-sox-return-to-nbcsch/
  17. Larry is hosting a new weekend show on WGN, “Backstory,” which will delve into Chicago-related historical, cultural, and religious topics. It premieres Sunday, October 28th and runs for the subsequent 4 weeks, and new episodes will be produced periodically throughout the year. Good to see more original local programming on GN.
  18. A historic night on WGN. [MEDIA=twitter]1005576187274506240[/MEDIA]
  19. Mike Janssen is the successor to Jim Ramsey: [MEDIA=twitter]998662163483983872[/MEDIA]
  20. So have they dropped the weather-in-the-first-five-minutes thing at 10? Watching for the first time in a while tonight and Tom@Ten didn’t come on until after the first commercial break. He even joked that they should call it Tom at 10:15 now.
  21. So WGN is already part of a vast right wing conspiracy now? C'mon. Heaven forbid they run any story which showcases a different viewpoint, since people will flip out on social media. Sinclair's executive board is not watching WGN's every move. They do not own the station. Of course WGN management is going to try to downplay the impending merger. While I agree with the sentiment of Hoover's tweet, and I could not see any anchor at WGN reading such a canned and inauthentic statement, it's probably not the best idea to talk about future bosses like that in public. I think Paul Rennie, Jen Lyons, etc. are trying to protect their people by telling them to keep their (legitimate) concerns on the DL. At least don't tweet them out. On the other hand, if they start to embrace Sinclair with open arms, Twitter will demand an immediate boycott of the station and all of its advertisers. So the play is to stay quiet and continue with business as usual. I've seen a lot of calls to preemptively boycott WGN because of this deal, because people have read some hot takes about Sinclair online, but are unwilling to wait and see how much their news product actually changes, and make their own judgement. I might be the only one, but I'm starting to get tired of the constant speculation and fear-mongering regarding this deal. Feder brings it up every other week it seems, but really only offers "what-ifs" and ominous predictions. Is that really helpful?
  22. Here's a short clip of the new sports graphics in action
  23. They’re running a promo for the Cubs game Thursday featuring the new graphics, logo, and music! [MEDIA=imgur]a/C5g44[/MEDIA]
  24. I miss Suppelsa on election night. But Ben Bradley has been outstanding in the anchor chair tonight.
  25. It seems like there might be something in the works at WGN’s graphics department, too. [MEDIA=twitter]966373877134909440[/MEDIA]
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