More weeknight news is coming to WGN in the form of 6:00 p.m.

WGN-TV 9 / Chicago (
WGN-TV 9 / Chicago (“WGN”)

WGN is now taking advantage of being an Independent station. How? By airing more news. Yes, if you think WGN has enough, they’ll say not enough and now… they’ll have more.

Starting Tuesday April 4th (Yes, on a Tuesday mainly because WGN 9 will more likely be carrying a sports event on Monday April 3rd), WGN 9 will be adding yet another hour-long newscast with the WGN Evening News at 6:00. It will compete against the big three in the market: WBBM 2 (CBS), WMAQ 5 (NBC), WLS 7 (ABC) for local news in the first half-hour while WGN 9 will become home to the ONLY local newscast on at 6:30pm in the market as others air syndicated programming (Entertainment TONIGHT on WBBM 2, Access Hollywood on WMAQ 5 and Wheel of Fortune on WLS 7).

This will give WGN 9 with the market’s first-ever three-hour continuous local news block aired on one station from 4:00-7:00pm. This will give WGN 9 with 70-and-a-half hours of local news a week and combine that with the amount of news it airs on its sister cable channel, CLTV – Chicagoland Television, the amount of news will be much more staggering. Anchor teams will change vastly from morning to early evenings as a result…

Starting Tuesday April 4th, Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre will shift from anchoring 4:00-6:00pm to instead anchor 5:00-7:00pm, including the new hour-long 6:00pm newscast. WGN WeatherCenter Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling and WGN Sports director Dan Roan will also be a part of this news block and they’ll remain the same from 9:00-10:30pm. And instead of them doing the news at 4:00pm, Ben Bradley (who came from WLS 7 earlier this year after working there for 14 years) and Lourdes Duarte (a 10-year veteran of WGN 9) will replace them. Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory and sports from Jarrett Payton (who’s making his TV sports anchor debut) will be a part of their team. No word as to who’ll replace Ivory or Duarte on the WGN Morning News, in which they currently do weather and news respectively from 4:00-6:00am.

WGN 9’s News Director, Jennifer Lyons:

“We look forward to offering Chicagoland viewers a fresh new choice for news at 6 p.m. and the only local news in the market at 6:30 p.m. The debut of Ben Bradley and Lourdes Duarte at 4 p.m. will make a great addition to ‘Evening News’ with their news judgement, knowledge of Chicago and investigative story telling.”

Not only that, Suppelsa, Duarte and Bradley also serve on “WGN Investigates,” the station’s recently new investigative reporting team with producer Marsha Bartel.

This new newscast will replace two episodes of the syndicated comedy show, Two and a Half Men. And according to CRM – Chicagoland Radio and Media, out of 168 hours of WGN 9’s programming every week, 42% of WGN 9’s schedule will be made up by LIVE newscasts (weekdays: 4:00-10:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm, 4:00-7:00 and 9:00-10:30pm + weekends: 7:00-9:00am, 5:00-6:00 and 9:00-10:00pm).

So yes, local news is alive and WGN 9 will be doing more. If you thought WGN 9 expanding news was dead, think again.

DISCLAIMERSome of the information that was used, especially the quote, was taken from Robert Feder, an independent media columnist/blogger out of Chicago whose website is at RobertFeder.com

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8 thoughts on “More weeknight news is coming to WGN in the form of 6:00 p.m.

  1. In a WMFL universe WWGN-TV would be a WMFL owned TV station would have a very identical newscast schedule. This is what the newscast schedule on WWGN-TV on a WMFL universe would look like. The real life WGN news schedule and WWGN-TV news schedule mimic each other.

    WWGN-TV is a TV station in Chicago, Illinois, broadcasting as a independent station on DT ch. 9. It’s transmitter is located at the top of Willis Tower in Downtown Chicago. The station is currently owned by WMFL Corporation.

    WWGN-TV is a pioneering superstation & programs an alternate feed for cable & satellite subscribers throughout the United States & Canada, known as WWGN America (formerly Superstation WWGN). Ironically, the “superstation” feed is unavailable to Chicago-area cable subscribers, despite vastly different programming offerings. However, WWGN America is available in the Chicago area on both DirecTV & DISH Network

    Real Life WGN news schedule:
    Weekdays
    WGN Morning News Block 4:00a-10:00a
    WGN Midday News 1 Block 1:00a-1:00p
    WGN Evening News Block 4:00p-7:00p
    WGN Primetime News Block 9:00p-10:30p

    WWGN-TV news schedule WMFL universe
    Weekdays:
    WWGN 9 Morning News NOW Weekdays from 4:00-10:00 AM
    WWGN 9 Midday News NOW Weekdays from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    WWGN 9 News NOW at 4:00 Weekdays from 4:00-5:00 PM
    WWGN 9 News NOW at 5:00 Weekdays from 5:00-6:00 PM
    WWGN 9 News NOW at 6:00 Weeknights from 6:00-7:00 PM
    WWGN 9 News NOW at 9:00 Weeknights from 9:00-10:00 PM
    WWGN 9 News NOW at 10:00 Weeknights from 10:00-11:00 PM

    Only difference in WMFL universe WGN 10:00p newscast would be an hour long newscast. In real life WGN 10:00p newscast half hour.

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  2. Right now I am guessing WGN has outdone WLS in news ratings since WGN now expanding to 6:00pm, One advantage WGN new 6:00p newscast will be hour long. WLS 6:00pm newscast still 30 minutes.

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  3. True KOAT in my city of Albuquerque is numero one at 6:00pm even though KOB-TV has a 6:30pm newscast and KOAT has been king at 6 for a long time.

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  4. Since KTLA is owned by Tribune the same company that owns WGN I wonder if KTLA will get a 3 hour afternoon newsblock from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to fill the void for the cancelled 2:00pm newscast KCAL use to have. Since WGN now has a 3 hour evening newsblock I wonder if KTLA in the future will have a 3 hour afternoon newsblock form 1:00pm to 4:00pm or if KTLA will have a 3 hour evening news the from 4:00pm to 7:00pm like WGN has since KTLA already has an hour long 6:00pm newscast.

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    • My bet is on KTLA going from 1:00-4:00pm but remember… it has The CW and airs The CW Daytime at 2:00pm. It can move to 4:00pm but then your stuck with Maury and CWD with Chris Hansen (5:00pm). If KTLA goes 1:00-4:00pm, it would need to have The CW Daytime at 4:00 or 5:00pm or even go on at 12 noon since Daytime goes live at 3:00pm ET.

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