WTTW, WBEZ news operations join forces

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Phil Ponce hosts “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW-Channel 11.

WTTW-Channel 11 and WBEZ 91.5FM today confirmed the news operations of the media outlets are joining forces. Channel 11’s popular nightly news series “Chicago Tonight” hosted by veteran Chicago newsman Phil Ponce, and WBEZ’s news room will now be able to share reporters and correspondents.

According to the official announcement: “A newly installed robotic camera in the WBEZ newsroom at Navy Pier enables WBEZ reporters to report live on Chicago Tonight during its 7 p.m. program. In addition, a new high-speed fiber line allows WTTW hosts and correspondents to join the conversation live on WBEZ’s news and talk programs. The partnership, which officially kicks off this week, facilitates guest appearances and reporter debriefs, as well as cross-promotion of stories.”

The statement went on to say: “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 Mary Field, executive producer of “Chicago Tonight.”

Posted March 28, 2016

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