WGN-TV, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, announced plans Monday (July 7) to expand its local news coverage this September, adding an early newscast and lengthening its midday news.
WGN Evening News gives Chicagoans a local news alternative to the major affiliates, which air their network newscasts 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The newscast will be co-anchored by Mark Suppelsa, who is joining the station, and Allison Payne.
WGN Midday News will begin a half-hour earlier, airing 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. co-anchored by Steve Sanders and Micah Materre.
With the additional local news coverage, WGN News will produce 37 hours of local news each week, including WGN Morning News (5 a.m. to 9 a.m.), the top-rated morning news among the 18-49 and 25-54 demos; WGN Midday News, the No. 2-rated noon newscast; WGN Evening News; and WGN News at Nine (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.), ranked No. 1.
“More local news programming throughout the day has been our objective for some time now. Our current newscasts are well-established with viewers, all ranking No. 1 in the ratings in the morning, at noon and at nine. This truly allows us to expand from a position of strength,” said Tom Ehlmann, vp and general manager of WGN-TV.
Mark Suppelsa will also begin co-anchoring WGN News at Nine with Allison Payne later this month. He will continue as news anchor of Eric & Kathy’s morning show on WTMX-FM, Bonneville International’s Hot Adult Contemporary station in the market.