Bill Kurtis Returns to Chicago’s WBBM, Sort Of

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Tribune

Bill Kurtis is coming back to WBBM-Ch. 2, sort of.

The long-struggling CBS-owned station, where Kurtis had three tours of duty as an anchor and became synonymous with its long-ago glory days, has picked up syndicated reruns of “Cold Case Files,” a crime show from Kurtis’ production company that debuted on cable’s A&E a decade ago.

Kurtis, who has parlayed his post-WBBM national profile into work as an advertising pitchman for AT&T, also will contribute a series of “Cold Case Minute” reports that will air during Channel 2’s 10 p.m. newscasts, beginning Sept. 22. The reports also will be syndicated, but some will be produced specifically for Channel 2, the station said.

“CBS2 is honored to be back in business with Bill Kurtis both as a program host and as a contributor to our news,” Bruno Cohen, WBBM’s president and general manager, said in Wednesday’s announcement. More…