Channel 5 ends Sunday-morning news, adds new Marion Brooks talkshow

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In Reply to: Ellee Pai Hong fired from NBC5?!?! posted by Whaaa on May 06, 2009 at 18:36:12:

WMAQ-TV to eliminate local Sunday-morning news, add 'The Talk'

NBC-owned WMAQ-Ch. 5 is eliminating its local Sunday-morning newscasts later this month in favor of "The Talk," a taped local program that will look back at the week's most-discussed topics.

Marion Brooks, anchor of Channel 5's 4:30 p.m. weekday newscast, will host "The Talk" which will air 7:30 a.m. Sundays. Ellee Pai Hong, who has fronted WMAQ's 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday newscasts, is leaving the station.

"In this tough business climate, we must redirect our energies and resources to areas of highest impact and growth," Frank Whittaker, Channel 5 vice president and station manager, said in a statement. "While doing that, I'm pleased we will still be able to maintain a local presence on Sunday mornings with 'The Talk.'"

CBS-owned WBBM-Ch. 2 announced last week it was eliminating its weekend morning newscasts and let go a number of staffers, including sportscaster Howard Sudberry, film critic Bill Zwecker and reporter Joanie Lum.
Fox-owned WFLD-Ch. 32 reduced its newsroom staff by six full-time positions on Wednesday and also eliminated 12 vacation-relief news and operations jobs, three of which were seasonal. None of those let go was an on-air employee.

Three positions were cut from Chicago NBC/Telemundo outlet WSNS-Ch. 44, including on-air talent Vicente Serrano and Enrique Fuentes.

Channel 5's new Sunday lineup will be introduced on May 24th, with "The Talk" set to make its debut on May 31st. A tribute to retiring anchor Warner Saunders is scheduled to air May 24th at 7:30 a.m.

Channel 5's new Sunday-morning lineup, as of May 24th:
6 a.m. "Our World"
6:30 a.m. "The Wall Street Journal Report"
7 a.m. "The Chris Mathews Show"
7:30 a.m. "The Talk" (beginning May 31st)
8 a.m. "Sunday Today
9 a.m. "Meet the Press"
10 a.m. "House Smarts"
10:30 a.m. "LX-TV Open House
11 a.m. "LX-TV First Look"

(Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune)

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