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Chicagoland Television, better known as CLTV, is a 24-hour cable news station based in Chicago. CLTV broadcasts from the WGN-TV studios on the Northwest side of Chicago. CLTV closed its Oak Brook office on 8/27/2009 where it was launched on New Year's Day 1993. CLTV is owned by the Tribune Company and is seen on Comcast Cable. CLTV will be available on RCN Cable in Chicago in October, 2009. According to the CLTV website it reaches 1.8 million households, making it one of the largest local news networks in the United States.

Tribune Broadcasting announced on February 5 that it would combine WGN-TVmarker and CLTV, into one operation based out of WGN's North Bradley Place facility in Chicago's North Centermarker neighborhood. According to the Tribune Company, it is the largest and most powerful news room in the Chicago marketmarker. This officially took place on August 28, 2009. Upon the merger, CLTV received a new logo and launched its news in HD with new graphics similar to those of WGN-TVmarker. Previous to that, all of the Tribune weather operations, including CLTV's and WGN Radio 720marker's, were merged into those of Channel 9.

The channel had always been an exclusive channel to customers of Comcast (and earlier forerunner companies AT&T Broadband, Media One and TCI) until October 2009, when RCN began to also carry the channel after Tribune's renegotiation with Comcast to remove the exclusivity agreement .

Programming

CLTV focuses primarily on 24-hour rolling news coverage. The CLTV broadcast is structured into a traditional wheel of news, traffic/transit, weather, sports, and features/entertainment, though the wheel is easily interrupted during breaking news events within the city or extraordinary national events.

  • Weekday live news broadcasts begin at 5:00am, on Saturdays and Sunday at 7:00am.
  • CLTV re-broadcasts the WGN Midday News at 1:00pm on weekdays and the WGN News at Nine at 11:00pm weekdays.
  • Metromix, the Chicago Tribune branding for local arts and cultural coverage and a section in that paper, has a program which airs several times on Thursday and Friday nights; it had been a night program until 2008.
  • Other programs seen on CLTV are Garrard McClendon Live, Homes Plus, Living Healthy Chicago, Sports Page, and Midwest Outdoors.
  • The station airs limited paid programming during early overnight periods.
  • The channel has been used as the Comcast SportsNet Chicago overflow feed, branded technically as CSN2 in order to alleviate sports overflows with CSN Chicago's properties. It was also used in the Fox Sports Net Chicago days for their overflow feeds before the launch of CSN Chicago. By the second quarter of 2010 however Comcast's Chicago systems will be all-digital (where a digital cable box or CableCard-compliant receiver is required for all subscribers), thus on all but non Comcast systems, the CSN2 feed may have its own dedicated channel by then. A gametime-only CSN2 high definition feed is also used on Comcast systems.


Personalities

Anchors

  • Anchor Tonya Francisco - weekdays 5AM-11AM Since 2002
  • Anchor Gaynor Hall - weekends 6PM-6AM (also reporter) Since 2006
  • Anchor Sean Lewis - weekdays 5PM-5AM Since 2007
  • Anchor Monica Schneider - weekdays 11AM-5PM (also reporter) Since 1992
  • Anchor Judy Wang - weekends 6AM-6PM Since 1995


Reporters

  • Carlos Hernandez Gomez - political reporter
  • Jae Miller - field reporter/substitute anchor
  • Judy Wang - field reporter/substitute anchor


Traffic reporters

  • Rebecca Grazier - Sunday mornings (6-10AM) (also fill-in traffic anchor)
  • Kim Kelly - Saturday mornings (6-10AM) {also fill-in anchor}
  • Kye Martin - weekday afternoons
  • Mike Paine - weekday mornings
  • Zelda Robinson - Sunday afternoons (2:30-6:30PM) (also fill-in traffic anchor)
Saturday Afternoon Rotation 2:30pm-6:30pm:
  • Gabe Salgado {Also fill-in anchor}
  • Tom Gaines
  • Travis Creley {Also fill-in anchor}
Other fill-in anchors
  • Amanda Czernecki
  • Bill West
  • Jim Ryan
  • Jennifer Roberts


Weather staff

  • Duffy Atkins (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - weekdays (4PM-5AM)
  • Mike Hamernik (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekends (6AM-6PM)
  • Tim McGill (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - weekdays (5AM-4PM)
  • Jim Ramsey (NWA Seal of Approval) - weekends (6PM-6AM)
  • Cindy Clawson (AMS Seal of Approval) - fill-in meteorologist


Metromix

  • Jackie Tranchida - Host


Garrard McClendon Live

  • Garrard McClendon - host


Tribune Company Partnerships

CLTV is owned by the Tribune Company, therefore it receives a lot of content and reporting from other news divisions of the Tribune Company. News video is shared extensively between CLTV and WGN-TV. All of CLTV's weather coverage is produced by WGN-TV. Chicago Tribune newspaper columnists provide in-depth reporting for many feature stories aired on CLTV.

The Metromix TV staff produces the Metromix Weekend program which airs in primetime on Thursdays and Fridays on CLTV. The program repeats over the weekend.

The Homes Plus program airs Saturday and Sunday morning and focuses on buying new homes in the Chicago area.

Living Healthy Chicago runs weekends and on Mondays at 8pm. This program focuses on how to live a healthy life in Chicago.

References

  1. Tribune Co. combining operations of WGN-TV and cable outlet CLTV, Chicago Tribune, February 5, 2009
  2. http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2009/10/rcn-adds-cltv-to-channel-lineup.html


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