WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News

1+ WGN America has hired longtime journalist Ashleigh Banfield for a new nightly news talk show. Banfield leaves Court TV where she hosted Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield. She had only been with Court TV for a year. Called Banfield, will air weeknights at 10 p.m. beginning March 1. The host will interview newsmakers, politicians and celebrities, and will … Continue reading “WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News”

Nexstar’s NewsNation debuts on WGN America

1+ WGN NewsNation debuts tonight, representing the return of traditional, trusted, fact-based news reporting to cable television. The live daily three hour prime-time national newscast features 150 dedicated reporters and staff, and will leverage the knowledge of 5,400 local journalists from Nexstar’s 110 award-winning newsrooms. The newscast, will air seven days a week on WGN … Continue reading “Nexstar’s NewsNation debuts on WGN America”

WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team

4+ WGN America, Nexstar’s cable network, has announced the official weekday and weekend anchor lineup for its live newscast, News Nation. The three-hour nightly news show will debut Sept. 1 and will be led by a team of journalists from WGN-TV, the Nexstar station in Chicago and across the country. The team will be led … Continue reading “WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team”

WGN America to launch prime-time ‘News Nation’

8+ Nexstar Media Group, Inc. announced today that its wholly-owned cable network, WGN America, which reaches approximately 75 million U.S. TV households, will begin airing a live daily three-hour national newscast called News Nation this summer. News Nation will air in prime-time, from 8 pm ET to 11 pm ET, and will draw on the … Continue reading “WGN America to launch prime-time ‘News Nation’”

WGN weather anchor signs off social media until 2021

0 To say 2020 has been a hard year feels like a woeful understatement. Being forced to spend so much time alone has had deeply affected many Americans, but it may also provide an opportunity to reexamine our relationship with social media. Paul Konrad, the charismatic WGN weather anchor with over 38 thousand followers on … Continue reading “WGN weather anchor signs off social media until 2021”

WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation

3+ Chicago-based NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon will conduct the first comprehensive prime-time sit-down interview with President Trump since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The exclusive one-on-one interview will be conducted at the White House by NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon, and will air on Tuesday night’s NewsNation broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET … Continue reading “WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation”

WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago

0 In Chicago, your birthplace often determines your destiny. Children born in one West Side census tract between 1978 and 1983 grew up to have a median annual household income of $16,000, according to Opportunity Insights. WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago in a documentary series, reported stories, expert talks, and community discussions. In FIRSTHAND: Living … Continue reading “WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago”

IATSE to join #RedAlertRESTART movement tonight

2+ Chicago’s Allstate Arena will be lit up bright red tonight at 9PM in solidarity with 1500 live event venues around America for the #RedAlertRESTART movement.  #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA represent a major call to action, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the … Continue reading “IATSE to join #RedAlertRESTART movement tonight”

Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green

2+ HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, debuts on August 16. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago … Continue reading “Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green”

Tribune Co. puts Ch. 5’s Wert into top broadcast job

It’s happened.  After more than a week of intense media speculation — both locally and nationally — Larry Wert made it official Wednesday afternoon.

Wert is leaving his post as general manager of NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 and joining the Tribune Co., where he will have the title president of local broadcasting.

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

1+ Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II

1+ A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO, narrated by legendary journalist Bill Kurtis, is a comprehensive telling of nearly everything that happened in Chicagoland during World War II.  This one-hour documentary won the 2018 Chicago International Television Festival Gold Plaque Award for best nonfiction program, and is currently airing on more than 130 public television stations … Continue reading “A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II”

Kanye West buys childhood South Shore home

3+ Yeezy is coming back to his South Shore neighborhood. Or at least he has his old house. Kanye West, also known as the Louis Vuitton Don, has recently purchased his childhood home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood for $225,000. West’s mother, Donda West, purchased the 1,600 square foot home located at 7815 S. South … Continue reading “Kanye West buys childhood South Shore home”

Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video

6+ The 12-minute film showcases one of the theatre’s greatest resources, its audience   Filmmaker Curtis Matzke shot a lot of interviews while helping to make the Music Box Theatre’s 90th Anniversary tribute video, and in doing so he captured one of the greatest things about the place: its audience. Since opening nearly a hundred … Continue reading “Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

5+ Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

3+ The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Oscar-winner Friedkin to host Facets Film Summit

3+ Chicago Public School students get a free master class from the director of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist” (Chicago — 4 October 2018) Facets will present their second Chicago Film Summit on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL … Continue reading “Oscar-winner Friedkin to host Facets Film Summit”

New doc helps brewery say “F*** Your Hair” to Trump

6+ After taking offense at President Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants, a Chicago beer maker brews up a protest Chicago production company One City Films has bottled the essence of American politics into a new film about cultural dignity, First Amendment rights, and beer. F*** Your Hair: The Latin-Owned Brewery that Dumped Trump tells the … Continue reading “New doc helps brewery say “F*** Your Hair” to Trump”