Eye on Local Content, WMAQ Brings Back Sunday Newscast

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Tribune

Eighteen months ago, WMAQ-Ch. 5 scrapped its Sunday morning local newscasts in response to a budget crunch.

Now the NBC Universal-owned station not only is bringing back those newscasts, it plans to relaunch one of its digital subchannels as Chicago Nonstop with a lineup that includes a video simulcast of WLS-AM 890‘s afternoon program, “The Roe Conn Show with Richard Roeper.”


All told, WMAQ plans to add more than 30 hours of original local content each week–much of it live–between its primary channel, NBC 5, and Chicago Nonstop, the new iteration of Channel 5.2 More…