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1 hour ago, NBC 5 Chicago said:

CBS 2 Hired Laura Bannon as the weekday morning meteorologist. She comes from WSMV in Nashville. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/LBannonWX/posts/5769627929717866

 

And Feder just posted.

 

https://www.robertfeder.com/2021/03/16/napervilles-laura-bannon-headed-home-morning-weather-job-cbs-2/

 

Big slap in the face to Robb Ellis. He may not be the greatest to ever do it, but he's been an able fill-in since Glaros was dumped. In that position for the better part of a year, viewers of weekday morning have surely warmed up to him by now, only for more turnover.

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26 minutes ago, 24994J said:

 

Big slap in the face to Robb Ellis. He may not be the greatest to ever do it, but he's been an able fill-in since Glaros was dumped. In that position for the better part of a year, viewers of weekday morning have surely warmed up to him by now, only for more turnover.

Unless Mary Kay Kleist is leaving since her husband has a job in Florida. If that's the case, he will take her spot. 

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I agree that this is a slap in the face to Robb; it seems like they they felt they needed a Megan for mornings...but just not Megan herself. Way too much turnover still. Will they ever learn to just stop touching their lineup? They still have too many freelancers taking up various spots when actual teams would be much better for cohesion for the station but nothing tells me they're establishing anything solid. 

 

As an aside, a small part of me actually thought CBS might have tried to lure Bill Bellis, but I figure he probably would've been too expensive and then they'd only have one woman full-time in a team of 4.

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3 minutes ago, Roadrunner said:

I agree that this is a slap in the face to Robb; it seems like they they felt they needed a Megan for mornings...but just not Megan herself. Way too much turnover still. Will they ever learn to just stop touching their lineup? They still have too many freelancers taking up various spots when actual teams would be much better for cohesion for the station but nothing tells me they're establishing anything solid. 

 

As an aside, a small part of me actually thought CBS might have tried to lure Bill Bellis, but I figure he probably would've been too expensive and then they'd only have one woman full-time in a team of 4.


They may make a play for Bill if Mary Kay decides to leave. Conventional wisdom would suggest she and/or her husband are not going to want to continue to split their time between Chicago and Florida.

 

Next year will mark 20 years at WBBM for Mary Kay, so it may be an ideal time to leave than get pushed out in the next 2-3 years.

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1 hour ago, Roadrunner said:

I agree that this is a slap in the face to Robb; it seems like they they felt they needed a Megan for mornings...but just not Megan herself. Way too much turnover still. Will they ever learn to just stop touching their lineup? They still have too many freelancers taking up various spots when actual teams would be much better for cohesion for the station but nothing tells me they're establishing anything solid. 

 

As an aside, a small part of me actually thought CBS might have tried to lure Bill Bellis, but I figure he probably would've been too expensive and then they'd only have one woman full-time in a team of 4.

Well, when Mary Kay is off, like this week, Robb fills in for her. Not Ed, Not Tim. So maybe within the next month, Mary Kay might announce she's leaving to move down to Florida permanently.  And she's been doing her forecasts from the studio for the last couple weeks, though, she could have gotten the vaccine. So maybe when/if she leaves, Robb will replace her. Who knows. 

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37 minutes ago, Chicago News Boy said:

Erin Kennedy is leaving CBS2 

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Erin Kennedy was laid off last May just 3 months after she came back from Maternity leave.

 

Thats why Audrina Bigos has been anchoring the past year.

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3 hours ago, Chicago News Boy said:

Just goes to show how out of touch I’ve become with CBS 2’s constant musical chairs 😂

Yeah...it's a joke. Its impossible to compete with WGN, WLS and WMAQ with nonsense decision making like this. Constantly changing your anchors is not a good idea...

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Looks like Yasmeen Hassan is out from CBS 2.  I took a look at the station site and her bio is no longer there nor is her username on the morning news ticker tape (Bottom Of Screen) is shown.

 

(Screenshot taken, 3/13/2020 during NonStop News Block)

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Update: Hassan confirmed it herself. Says she thought about life outside of work in an Instagram post.

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