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Julie Unruh Announces Departure From WGN-TV After 20 Years

Unruh’s last day with the Nexstar-owned company will be Nov 24. 

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WGN-TV’s Emmy award-winning anchor Julie Unruh is leaving the television business to spend more time with her family. 

According to media writer Roger Feder, Unruh’s last day with the Nexstar-owned company will be Nov 24. 

“I’ve been proud to work alongside you as I’ve watched Channel 9 grow from a few small, local newscasts each day to broadcasting nearly non-stop, earning our rightful place in a competitive news market,” Unruh wrote in an email to coworkers. 

Unruh first joined WGN-TV in 2001. In her time with the station, she has covered everything from human interest stories to political corruption. 

Before joining the WGN news team, Julie spent two years as an anchor and reporter on Chicagoland TV (CLTV). Previously, Julie spent a year as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas.

I’m looking forward to stepping aside and spending more time with my family. The time is right,” she said. 

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Former TV Executive John Severino Dies At 85

He served as the Vice President and General Manager of WLS-TV in Chicago, as well as with ABC in Los Angeles and New York.

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Former television news executive John Severino has died. He was 85.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Severino died at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday.
Credited with creating the “Eyewitness News” format, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of WLS-TV in Chicago, as well as with ABC in Los Angeles and New York.

Later, he was the President of the television station division of CBS, where he had oversight of each of the network’s owned and operated stations.

He also worked with Prime Ticket — the cable outlet created by Lakers owner Jerry Buss in the mid-1980s — which aired Los Angeles Lakers and Kings games.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sally, his sons Mark and David, eight grandchildren, and brother Larry.

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Eric Bolling: Fox News Turned Their Back on Donald Trump

Bolling raised the possibility on his show that Fox News has turned its back on former President Donald Trump.

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Even though the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election is more than two years away, some cable news channels seem to align themselves with their favorite candidate.

On Tuesday, Newsmax TV host Eric Bolling raised the possibility that Fox News has turned its back on former President Donald Trump. His statement came after a picture surfaced showing FNC host Tucker Carlson enjoying a laugh with Trump at his golf course in New Jersey.

“The Balance” host asked his viewers to caption the photo while surmising what Trump and Carlson were laughing over.

“We’ve all seen the trend,” Bolling stated. “Remember that highly produced Fox News package clearly showing only pro-Ron DeSantis supporters while highlighting anti-Trumpers?”

Bolling suggested “something” is going on at Fox News and said that the anti-Trump sentiment is easy to detect.

“In other words, folks, things are not always what they seem to be.” 

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NBC Launching Daily Daytime News Show Starting in September

NBC News anchors Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen, and Morgan Radford will lead the new daily hour-long program this fall.

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NBC is transitioning its 57-year daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” as it moves over permanently to Peacock and filling the time slot on the channel will be more news. 

TV Newser relayed the information on Wednesday that the soap will be replaced by a new midday news show named NBC News Daily beginning on Sep. 12. 

“This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement with viewers,” NBCU TV and streaming chairman Mark Lazarus said in a statement. 

“With a large percentage of the ‘Days of Our Lives’ audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC News anchors Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen, and Morgan Radford will lead the new daily hour-long program this fall. NBC Daily News promises to deliver viewers up-to-the-minute national and international news.

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