WLS is bringing back their 11:00 a.m. midday newscast that was cancelled in 2013.

WLS-TV 7 / Chicago (“ABC 7 Chicago”)

Look who’s coming back to do a midday newscast at 11:00am? Yep. That’s right! The news leader is Chicago is ready to do it once again.

Starting Monday June 27th, WLS 7 is going to, once again, air an hour-long midday newscast at 11:00am. This time under ABC 7 Eyewitness News Midday, I have no word as to who will anchor the news this time but expect ABC 7 First Alert Weather AMS & NWA/Sealed Meteorologist Tracy Butler to resume her weather duties for the midday broadcast, as she has done during most of the station’s late initial run at midday.

Regarding to the rejoin of the midday newscast, WLS 7 will, once again, compete against WBBM 2 (CBS; half-hour), WMAQ 5 (NBC; hour-long) and WGN 9 (The CW; two hours – one at 11:00am and another one at 12:00 Noon) for local news at that block in the market.

WLS 7’s Vice President and News Director, Jennifer Graves:

“We’re always thrilled to seize an opportunity to produce more news and information for our viewers. An 11:00am newscast will be a great addition to our daytime lineup.”

By the way, this will cause Windy City LIVE to move, once again for the third time and this time, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, now going on after The Chew from ABC. That will also begin on Monday June 27th and it will replace The FAB Life in which (no surprise) it has been cancelled. This becomes the third timeslot for WLS 7’s lifestyle/talk show as it initially debuted at 9:00am to replace Oprah (which was produced in Chicago), then moved to 11:00am once it acquired LIVE with Kelly from WGN 9 and now being moved to 1:00pm to replace a failed and cancelled syndicated show. The show will keep the hosts it has now, Valerie Warner and Ryan Chiaverini with Ji Suk Yi as contributing host.

WLS 7’s Vice President of Creative Services and Programming, Curtis Miles:

Windy City LIVE, a one-of-a kind Chicago gem that in its 5th year, has not only entertained local audiences, but has forged so many fantastic connections in the community. We’re looking forward to the show doing well at 1:00pm.”

This means that this is what the new weekday schedule would look like for WLS 7, starting Monday June 27th. ABC programming in regular, ABC News in italics and underlined, local news and programming in italics and syndicated programming in underlined with the newest changes in bold:

  • 4:00-4:30 AM: ABC America This Morning
  • 4:30-7:00 AM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News This Morning
  • 7:00-9:00 AM: Good Morning America
  • 9:00-10:00 AM: LIVE with Kelly
  • 10:00-11:00 AM: The View
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News Midday
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: The Chew
  • 1:00-2:00 PM: Windy City LIVE
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: General Hospital
  • 3:00-3:30 PM: Inside Edition
  • 3:30-4:00 PM: Jeopardy!
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 4:00
  • 5:00-5:30 PM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 5:00
  • 5:30-6:00 PM: ABC World News TONIGHT with David Muir
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 6:00
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: Wheel Of Fortune
  • 7:00-10:00 PM: ABC Primetime
  • 10:00-10:35 PM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 10:00
  • 10:35-11:37 PM: Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
  • 11:37 PM-12:05 AM: Nightline
  • 12:05-1:05 AM: The FAB Life (will air until 9/9; Windy City LIVE rebroadcast will return on 9/12)
  • 1:05-1:35 AM: ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 10:00 (repeat)
  • 1:35-2:35 AM: Rachael Ray
  • 2:35-4:00 AM: ABC World News Now

So there you have it. WLS 7 will be going back to a much comfortable spot that has been until 2013: a local midday hour-long newscast at 11:00am. Something that WLS 7 knows how to do best and it knows its returning to its roots so good for WLS 7.

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7 thoughts on “WLS is bringing back their 11:00 a.m. midday newscast that was cancelled in 2013.

    • I know but at 11:00am, its an hour-long. I know they also have another hour at 12:00 Noon but that competes against WFLD 32 and WLS 7 is not on at that hour, the reason why I only mentioned the 11:00am hour.

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  1. I don’t know where you’re getting the idea it’ll be branded “ABC 7 Eyewitness News Midday”. Maybe you think it’s a good name, but it really isn’t, and if history’s correct, it won’t be the final branding. For the 21 years before its cancellation, it was the news “at 11/11:30”. There’s absolutely no reason to think they wouldn’t just go back to that. Heck, each hour of the station’s morning newscasts are branded in the opens as 4:30, 5 and 6, despite the two and half hours being blanketed at “Eyewitness News This Morning”.

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      • First, you’re reporting it’s going to be called Eyewitness News Midday, and then you comment it’s not official but rather your preferred name. Do you see a problem with that? You’re reporting something as fact when it is just really your opinion. Secondly, I will agree with the previous poster that WGN’s news should say two hours even though only one of those hours is in 11am hour.

        I already can predict your response. You will find some convoluted reason to justify your response, or you will claim it’s too late to change your post.

        You’re pretty good at getting some of the various scoop you get, however, you’re sloppy in your presentation and sometimes come off a bit cocky.

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  2. Other than WLS bringing back midday newscast, the ABC O&O is making anchor changes, including Alan Krashesky being named as Ron Magers’ successor. I believe Linda Yu, who still anchors 4PM, and recently stepped down from the 7PM newscast (seen on WCIU) anchored previous incarnation of WLS 11AM newscast. I’m not sure of the chances of her anchoring 11AM again, or whether WLS/ABC brass are looking to pick a different name.

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