Ever since Bob Sirott walked away from the main anchor job at WMAQ-Channel 5 last year, there's been little doubt about whether he'd land at another station in town. The only real question has been where the Chicago broadcast veteran would turn up next.
While Sirott, 60, still may be the hottest free agent in town, signs are pointing to a return to WFLD-Channel 32, the Fox-owned station where he anchored its last worthwhile and relatively successful morning show, "Fox Thing in the Morning," from 1993 to 2000 (and where he met and married his co-anchor, Marianne Murciano). This time, insiders say, Fox bosses may be looking for Sirott to anchor a revamped version of their 9 p.m. weekday newscast.
It's not clear how the addition of Sirott would affect the show's current anchors, Robin Robinson, Jeff Goldblatt and the recently-hired Anna Davlantes. But such a move would coincide neatly with previously disclosed plans by Mike Renda, vice president and general manager, and Carol Fowler, vice president and news director, to overhaul the format into one emphasizing a few stories examined in some depth.