No surprise: Ch. 7 still leads late news ratings race

THE COMPLETE JUNE NIELSEN TV ratings book is out today. But with one day remaining in the book, top-ranked ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 sat comfortably atop the pack in the hotly-contested late news ratings competition Monday through Friday.

NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 was solidly in second place, with a resurgent Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9’s hour-long 9 p.m. newscast holding down third place.  CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2’s late news is fourth, with Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 a distant last.  Perhaps to provide a needed boost, the WFLD news set is being repainted in shades of blue and bright yellow.

Meanwhile, WFLD’s “Good Day,Chicago,” also remains a ratings disappointment in the morning, even as WLS-TV’s “Windy City Live” and WGN-TV’s “Live! With Regis & Kelly”  and WMAQ-TV’s “Today”  battle each other at 9 a.m.  In June, “Windy City Live” beat out both “Today” and “Live! With Regis & Kelly,” but by slim margins.

A WFLD spokeswoman said there are no plans to make any anchor changes on “Good Day, Chicago,” where Anna Davlantes and Corey McPherrin host the last three hours of the five-hour show.

Ch. 11’s new COO Greg CameronGREG CAMERON has been promoted to chief operating officer of  Window to the World Communications, the parent of public television station WTTW-Channel 11 and fine arts classical radio station WFMT-FM (98.7) effective July 1. 

Cameron arrived at Window to the World Communications in 2008 as chief development officer, a role he will continue to have in addition to his new responsibilities.  Cameron previously served as chief development officer and deputy director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. 

UPSHOT/CHICAGO has gotten a big shot of new business from the huge Subway Restaurants sandwich chain.  Upshot has won responsibility for handling merchandising and promotions for the Subway chain and will work on a range of projects, including signage, menu boards, product launches and the overall consumer in-store experience.

Yes, big brands do still bring business to Chicago ad agencies, which is reassuring.

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