WBEZ, WTTW-TV/Chicago Link Newsrooms
March 29, 2016 at 4:08 AM (PT)
CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA News-Talk WBEZ/CHICAGO and crosstown WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS PBS affiliate WTTW (TV) are linking their newsrooms, allowing WTTW's nightly news show "CHICAGO TONIGHT" and WBEZ to "seamlessly access each other’s reporters and correspondents," according to a joint release. A robotic camera at WBEZ's NAVY PIER studios will allow WBEZ reporters to appear on "CHICAGO TONIGHT," and a fiber line between the stations will let WTTW reporters come on the air live on WBEZ.
“We hope this technology is just the first step in a creative and organic collaboration between our two newsrooms that will benefit both audiences,” said "CHICAGO TONIGHT" Executive Producer MARY FIELD. “This partnership is about extending the reach, breadth and depth of the high quality journalism and programming being produced by both institutions.”
“There’s so much shared genetics. Our audiences and our organizations are all mission driven. Everything about this makes so much sense,” said WBEZ VP/Content and Programming BEN CALHOUN. “We’re incredibly excited to be teaming up this way– it feels like such a natural win-win for everyone. Bottom line, we’ll both be able to serve our audiences and the public good even more forcefully, and that’s the core of who we are.”