The CBS Chicago O&O announces a new weekend fall lineup that includes three more hours of news.
Beginning Sept. 13, CBS-owned WBBM Chicago (DMA 3) will expand its Saturday and Sunday morning and evening newscasts by a total of three hours each weekend. In addition, the station will begin airing syndicated classic episodes of The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, two of the CBS Television Network’s most popular dramas, following its weekend 10 p.m. newscasts.
The CBS 2 News at 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays will expand to a full hour, from 10 to 11. On Saturdays, back-to-back episodes of The Good Wife will air from 11 to midnight to 1 a.m., while on Sundays back-to-back episodes of Blue Bloods will be broadcast from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Marty Wilke, WBBM president-GM, also announced that the station is expanding its commitment to weekend morning news by adding an additional hour of local news from 5 to 6 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The station’s new schedule will feature four hours of local and network news on Saturday mornings and five-and-a-half hours of news on Sunday mornings.
“Local news is becoming more important on the weekends,” Wilke explained. “By adding three additional hours of news, we will have more time to tell our viewers what’s happening in and around Chicago.”
Jim Williams and Mai Martinez will anchor the expanded CBS 2 News on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 p.m. and Marissa Bailey will anchor the expanded Saturday and Sunday morning newscast alongside weather anchor Ed Curran.