WBEZ | CBS 2 Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/cbs-2-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mayor Monday: How can we deal with corruption? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Zekman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To take a long, hard look at corruption <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to speak to a woman who's made a career exploring the city&rsquo;s underbelly for the last four decades. Pulitzer-prize winning reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/personality/pam-zekman/">Pam Zekman</a> has exposed frauds, corrupt city employees and wasteful spending for CBS 2 Chicago.&nbsp; She <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/01/12/is-treasurer-maria-pappas-wasting-your-tax-dollars/">recently</a> worked with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a> to audit parts of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/">Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas</a>&rsquo; budget.<br /><br />Zekman&rsquo;s investigations have resulted in governmental reforms and criminal indictments. Zekman joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for a <em>Mayor Monday</em> education in the art of Chicago corruption.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption When real news lost its ‘last, best hope’ in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/when-real-news-lost-its-last-best-hope-in-chicago/14547 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="370" height="278" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//caroloncbs2.jpg" title="caroloncbs2" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-14587" /></p><blockquote><em>&quot;This Channel 2 experiment serves as a referendum on straightforward, no-nonsense news, a genre that fell out of favor with the ad salesmen who run most TV stations, the consultants who advise them and the ratings-hungry news directors who do their bidding. If it works, as in all TV, it will be imitated. If it fails, our last, best hope for a return to real news will have been squandered, maybe forever.&quot;</em></blockquote><p>Those prescient words were written 10 years ago this week by <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-philrosenthal,0,3209586,bio.columnist">Phil Rosenthal,</a> then the television critic of the Sun-Times. The experiment to which he referred was what many of us purists wanted to believe would fulfill our vision of a &quot;dream newscast&quot; at WBBM-Channel 2, the CBS-owned station that seemed to be in a permanent ratings slump. </p><p>Just down the hall from the site of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate in 1960 at the old CBS cavern on McClurg Court, history of another kind was made 40 years later when <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/station/about-us/Carol_Marin.html">Carol Marin</a> solo-anchored a 35-minute report at 10 p.m. unlike anything we'd ever seen before.<!--break--> </p><p>It was a newscast devoid of all frills and hype. No celebrity puffery or promotional partnerships or water-skiing squirrels. Stories were reported in depth, followed by Marin's probing questioning. Commentary came from a stable of knowledgeable voices, led by the wise and revered John Callaway. On any given night, sports and weather got only the time they deserved --&nbsp; and not one second more. Above all, viewers were treated with intelligence and respect. </p><p>Launched amid high hopes and great fanfare on Feb. 7, 2000, the experiment lasted all of nine months. Despite repeated assurances of&sbquo;&nbsp;patience and time to develop an audience for such a radically different format, Marin's bosses flew the coop in fairly short order, and their successors pulled the plug before the start of the November sweeps. </p><p>Some said the effort failed because viewers missed all the bells and whistles they'd grown accustomed to seeing on local newscasts. Others&sbquo;&nbsp;blamed Marin's serious demeanor on camera, mistaking it for a lack of warmth. In an editorial titled &quot;Cod Liver Oil at 10 O'Clock,&quot; the Tribune condemned the newscast as &quot;dull&quot; and &quot;a bore,&quot; calling Marin &quot;somber to a fault.&quot; </p><p>In the end, the New York Times speculated that the failure &quot;could be taken as reaffirmation that a serious format cannot succeed -- that people need to be drawn in through celebrity gossip and miracle diets introduced by bubbly anchormen and anchorwomen.&quot; But I prefer to think that it really wasn't a failure at all. It simply wasn't given enough time to succeed. </p><p>Today --&nbsp; three general managers, three news directors and 10 years later --&nbsp; Channel 2 is back to a single anchor format at 10 p.m. But that (and last week's <a s-perspective="" ëœwalter="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/walters-perspective-returns-to-channel-2-tonight/14009">return of commentary,</a> at least temporarily, in the form of Walter Jacobson's &quot;Perspective&quot;) may be about the only similarities to the noble experiment of 2000. </p><p>By my count, there have been 10 changes in Channel 2's 10 p.m. anchor lineup in the past decade. Here's a trip down memory lane:</p><ul> <li><strong>Carol Marin</strong> (2000)</li> <li><strong>David Kerley</strong> and <strong>Linda MacLennan</strong> (2000 to 2001)</li> <li><strong>David Kerley </strong>and <strong>Tracy Townsend</strong> (2001 to 2002)</li> <li><strong>Antonio Mora</strong> and <strong>Tracy Townsend</strong> (2002)</li> <li><strong>Antonio Mora</strong> and <strong>Linda MacLennan</strong> (2002 to 2003)</li> <li><strong>Antonio Mora</strong> and <strong>Tracy Townsend</strong> (2003)</li> <li><strong>Antonio Mora</strong> and <strong>Diann Burns</strong> (2003 to 2007)</li> <li><strong>Rob Johnson</strong> and <strong>Diann Burns</strong> (2007 to 2008)</li> <li><strong>Rob Johnson</strong> and <strong>Anne State</strong> (2008 to 2009)</li> <li><strong>Rob Johnson</strong> (2009 to present)</li> </ul></p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/when-real-news-lost-its-last-best-hope-in-chicago/14547 CBS 2's new 'Monsters' fumble Sam Zell interview http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2s-new-monsters-fumble-sam-zell-interview <p><p>&nbsp;<span style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial,verdana,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 23px;" class="Apple-style-span">Robservations on the media beat:</span></span></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<sup><strong><em><img style="width: 475px; height: 309px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-14/samzell.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br />Sam Zell</em></strong></sup></p> <ul> <li>Scoring a live, in-studio interview with billionaire mogul <strong>Sam Zell</strong> seemed like quite a coup for WBBM-Channel 2's <a href="http://cbs2chicago.com/monstersandmoney">&quot;Monsters and Money in the Morning&quot;</a> last Friday. Unfortunately, the four hosts of the CBS-owned station's fledgling morning show --&nbsp; <strong>Mike North, Dan Jiggetts, Terry Savage</strong> and <strong>Mike Hegedus </strong> -- blew it. While Zell sat around the table with them for more than 40 minutes, none of the hosts asked a single question about his troubled stewardship of the bankrupt Tribune Co. or about how the Chicago Tribune has fared since he took over. Not one. Had Zell put the subject off limits? Absolutely not, insisted North, who took full blame for the lapse. &quot;It was my fault,&quot; he later told me. &quot;I was supposed to ask about the Cubs and Tribune, and I didn't. . . . I called an audible and screwed it up.&quot;<!--break--></li> <li>Speaking of media tycoons, <strong>Jim Tyree,</strong> the Mesirow CEO who rescued the Chicago Sun-Times and its parent company, remains optimistic despite the bad business model newspapers have been saddled with. &quot;We're not out of the woods,&quot; he told <a href="http://sxuinthenews.blogspot.com/2010/02/international-financierchicago-media.html">a group at Saint Xavier University</a> last week. &quot;It'll take a little time, but we're confident that the Sun-Times Media Group will be successful.&quot;</li> <li>What about Mark? Reader comments to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/low-voter-turnout-delivers-high-viewer-tune-out/13935">the postmortem here</a> on Tuesday night's primary coverage prompted a spirited rebuttal over the weekend from <strong>Mark Suppelsa,</strong> principal news anchor at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9. In case you missed it, here's part of what Suppelsa wrote:</li> </ul> <blockquote>&quot;In reading Mr. Feder's blog and the responses from his ardent blog followers, I feel many missed an opportunity to get what the above &quot;strut2k&quot; and others say they missed election night: The Big 9. In this day when you have to ask for a raise or ask people with a TV clicker in their hands to sample your product . . . I'm forced to ask, 'What about me?' If you had TIVO'd us you'd have watched more than 5&sbquo;&frac12; hours of coverage solely on the election with a pace and tone that wasn't scripted, nor rushed and more often than not, we heard insightful and on-the-mark with results, speeches and analysis. And during our prime hour of coverage from 9p to 10p, I believe the TV viewers responded in kind with better than a 6 rating as we competed against this season's unusually popular prime time programming. And I'm told there several hundred thousand hits on our election page at <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/">wgntv.com</a> including our record for time spent watching our coverage streaming online. So . . . next time Feder readers, what about me?&quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li><strong>Dick Lobo,</strong> who served as president and general manager of NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 from 1985 to 1988, may be headed for <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2010/02/tampa-pbs-chief-dick-lobo-appointed-to-a-post-in-the-obama-administration.html">a job in the Obama Administration</a> in Washington, D.C. His appointment to head the International Broadcasting Bureau (overseeing Voice of America and Radio/TV Marti) awaits U.S. Senate confirmation. Lobo, 73, most recently has been running WEDU-TV, the public television station in Tampa, Fla.</li> <li>Two Chicago natives who became notable figures in the media industry died last week: <strong>Frank N. Magid,</strong> the <a href="http://www.magid.com/">television research consultant</a> whose name was synonymous with the homogenization of local newscasts across the country, died of cancer Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif., at 78. <strong>Cecil Heftel,</strong> the <a href="http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?Dato=20100206&amp;Kategori=NEWS01&amp;Lopenr=2060349&amp;Ref=AR">former congressman from Hawaii</a> whose Heftel Broadcasting owned WLUP-FM (97.9) in its formative years from 1979 to 1986, died of natural causes Thursday in San Diego at 85.</li> <li><strong>Herb Kent,</strong> whose 65 years in Chicago radio landed him in <a href="http://www.clearchannel.com/LocalSpirit/PressRelease.aspx?PressReleaseID=2551">the Guinness Book of Records,</a> will be honored tonight at the annual membership meeting of Chicago chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. I can only hope &quot;The Cool Gent&quot; gets treated better than <a href="http://chicagoradiotv.com/2009/02/saunders-unloads-on-feder/">last year's AFTRA honoree.</a></li> </ul></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2s-new-monsters-fumble-sam-zell-interview