Marion Brooks to anchor new NBC 5 newscast at noon

0

Comments

Add +

Twenty years after WMAQ-Channel 5 got out of the noon news business, it’s about to get back in.


Nothing is official yet, but the NBC-owned station is expected to name Marion Brooks solo anchor of a new newscast to air at noon Monday through Friday, starting soon after Labor Day. Brooks, a 13-year veteran of the station, will continue to anchor the 4:30pm weekday newscast and host The Talk at 7pm weekdays for the NBC Chicago Nonstop digital subchannel, insiders said.


NBC 5 officials declined to comment on their plans.


With news replacing The Real Housewives of New Jersey at noon, the station will be competing for local news viewers with Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9 and Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. WGN bosses said last week they’re in no rush to name a permanent replacement for Allison Payne, who accepted a buyout as Midday News co-anchor alongside Steve Sanders.


Exactly 20 years ago this week — in August 1991 — NBC 5 announced the cancellation of its long-running noon newscast, which was anchored at the time by Warner Saunders and Joan Esposito. The station was running fourth in the time period with one-third as many viewers as WGN’s noon news.


 



Users say

0 comments

Follow us

Time Out Chicago on Facebook   Time Out Chicago on Twitter   Time Out Chicago on Instagram   Time Out Chicago on Pinterest   Time Out Chicago on Google Plus   Time Out Chicago on Foursquare   Time Out Chicago on Spotify

Send tips to:

Laura Baginski, Editor (@TimeOutChicago)

laura.baginski@timeout.com