CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is suing Chicago for malicious prosecution and says the city should not seek payment from him to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack because it accepted his $10,000 bail “as payment in full.” […]
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the “Empire” actor for money spent investigating what officials say was a phony racist, anti-gay attack that Smollett staged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent Smollett a March 28 letter demanding he […]
A city that is synonymous with violence hopes to rebrand itself via primetime TV production.
It was busy to start the holiday season but since ad spending has cooled and there are deals to be had across dayparts. Conditions may tighten next year, though, if the mayoral recall happens.
With NBC’s Dick Wolf procedurals and Fox’s music mega-hit Empire, the Windy City’s long-term TV future looks bright Chicago is rapidly becoming a major television production hub, with four network dramas currently calling the Illinois city home.
The law allows newsgathering and amateur drone operations within existing federal rules.
Seeking a second term in the Feb. 24 election, Democratic incumbent Rahm Emanuel’s campaign spending has helped prop up a TV market that is flat to down slightly compared to last year.
Chicago TV broadcasters saw their evening and late news audience decline 21% in the May sweeps compared with the same month a year ago, with only one newscast — Tribune WGN at 5 — posting a gain (+18%). The No. 3 DMA was one of six top 10 markets that were down, according to a […]
A boost in retail spending is helping keep the Chicago media market healthy in 2014, while political spending is also contributing to tightening inventory and rising prices. Overall TV spending is up slightly versus a year ago, with auto spending strong and retail coming in as one of the biggest growth categories so far this year.
Chicago’s media economy is flat to last year in terms of spending and pricing. And that’s actually pretty impressive, since the market was very strong in 2012 with political and Olympics spending. TV is expected to remain flat to last year or rise slightly as the year progresses, as most dayparts are starting to tighten for summer.
Chicago is an active, healthy market heading into 2013, but it’s not sold out and there are deals available on both television and radio. Pricing for 2013 is generally flat year-to-year, and buyers are locking in favorable rates with annual buys.
National advertisers jump in, pushing up pricing for both, with radio facing sell-out conditions. Big spenders: Automotive, financial, retail and hospitals.
CHICAGO (AP) – Oprah has made way for Rosie. Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O’Donnell unveiled a sign Thursday in front of Chicago’s Harpo Studios. It reads: “Harpo Studios. The Rosie Show. Former Home of The Oprah Winfrey Show.” O’Donnell has started work in the same studio where Winfrey taped her talk show until it ended […]
CHICAGO (AP) – Oprah Winfrey now has a street to call her own. On Wednesday, Mayor Richard Daley, in one of his last official acts before he leaves office next week, stopped by her studio to rename a street outside Harpo Studios where Winfrey tapes her show “Oprah Winfrey Way.” Winfrey is widely credited with […]
Chicago is the nation’s third-largest market when it comes to local online advertising, and the Tribune Co.’s Web outlets dominate (its WGNTV.com boasts that it’s the city’s No. 1 local news site), but sports giant ESPN is muscling in and stealing some of the Trib’s home court advantage with its own local play.
ABC O&O WLS Chicago (DMA 3) recently took delivery of 33 lenses from FujiFilm North America Corp.’s Optical Devices Division for use on Panasonic P2 HD cameras. Thirty-two of the ENG lenses are ZA17X7.6BERM HD zoom lenses with 2X extenders, and one is a ZA22X7.6BERM telephoto lens. This purchase marks the first Fujinon lens sale […]
Tammie Souza returns to WFLD as the Fox Chicago O&O’s weekend meteorologist. Scheduled to make her first on-air appearance Saturday, Jan. 29, Souza will initially contribute to Fox Chicago News at 9 p.m. Weekend. Most recently, Souza has been the chief meteorologist at WTSP Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., a position she held for nearly three years. […]
Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WGN Chicago (DMA 3) and Chicago Home + Garden magazine have teamed up to offer Bring it Home, a new print, television and online home design brand. Originating from a current editorial section in Chicago Home + Garden, this multiplatform brand now includes a recurring print feature in the magazine, a […]