Newsy Ramps Up For 24/7 News
While all news media are practicing social distancing and adapting to working outside the office, WBBM Chicago went a step further Tuesday. The CBS-owned station originated its entire 5 p.m. newscast away from its Loop newsroom, studio and control room.
Weigel Broadcasting’s MeTV FM in Chicago, the increasingly popular soft-rock oldies station at WRME 87.7 FM, has teamed up with CBS-owned WBBM on news and weather updates.
As expected, the ongoing impasse between CBS and AT&T is wreaking havoc on WBBM’s already low ratings. The blackout of CBS 2 on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse cable systems appears to have cost the CBS-owned station more than a quarter of its viewership.
When you’re last in the ratings and still declining, someone has to take the fall for it. That looks like the case at CBS-owned WBBM Chicago, where David Parrish is out as executive producer of the 10 p.m. newscast. The move signals more changes under Jeff Harris, who’s been vice president and news director of CBS 2 since July.
CBS picks the former GM of WHEC Rochester, N.Y., to succeed the retired Marty Wilke as head of its Chicago O&O.
She has led the CBS O&O in Chicago since October 2012. Her last day will be March 23 and a successor has not yet been named.