WLS is ready to go primetime for local news on WCIU.

WLS-TV 7 / Chicago (“ABC 7 Chicago”)
WCIU-TV 26 / Chicago (“WCIU, The U”)

It all started in 2006 when WTVD started producing news for WLFL. Since then, KGO on KOFY, WPVI on WPHL, KFSN on KAIL (now canceled) and KABC on KDOC and you’re thinking to yourself, “ABC O&Os love producing more news under a different station, huh?” Yeah, they do and they are doing it again. This time in Chicago.

WLS 7 has announced earlier today that starting January 12th, 2015, it will air a LIVE 1-hour primetime weeknight newscast at 7:00 p.m. called ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 7:00 on WCIU, The U. The broadcast will be the ONLY ones in the Chicago area (unless if you also count CLTV on Cable or WBBM (AM) 780/105.9 WCFS-FM on the Radio). Chicago’s top Independent station will feature all the resources and content from the #1 news station in the market.

Linda Yu (longtime WLS 7 veteran who does the 4:00 p.m.), Hosea Sanders (another longtime WLS 7 veteran who does the morning), Jim Rose (another longtime WLS 7 veteran who does the sports at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.) and newly hired meteorologist (and total hottie) Cheryl Scott, who just started at the station and moved from WMAQ 5. Terrell Brown will replace Hosea on the station’s #1 ABC 7 Eyewitness News This Morning starting January 12th.

John Idler, WLS 7’s President and GM:

“We are very excited about our partnership with WCIU, The U. It gives viewers a chance to watch Chicago’s No. #1 news at a new time and is a convenient option for those who want live, local news earlier in the evening.”

Bob Ramsey, Executive Vice President of Weigel Local Media:

“Adding local news to the schedule was a goal of ours. We are thrilled to partner with ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the market’s news leader, to provide this service to WCIU, The U’s viewers.”

So there you go… Chicago’s #1 News is heading towards The U. No, not The University of Miami. Its heading towards The U as in WCIU 26.

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