Chicago Anchor Making Move to Plan "B"


As FTVLive has told you, WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago looking at their options to bring the station's 9PM newscast out of the ratings basement. 

Word is the station is exploring the hiring of new anchors for the newscast. 

It looks like one of WFLD's main anchors is hedging his bets for the future. 

Bob Sirott who anchors the 9PM newscast alongside Robin Robinson has taken a job at WGN radio in Chicago.

Our man Robert Feder reports that Sirott is headed to a Monday-through-Friday air shift at WGN AM 720 with his wife, Marianne Murciano. They're expected to co-host a midday or afternoon show on the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station, starting in the next few weeks.

Sirott continues to anchor the 9 p.m. weekday newscast for the Fox-owned station under an extension of his contract, which was to have expired Saturday (July 6). While talks proceed between Sirott's agent, Steve Mandell, and management, Sirott remains onboard with co-anchor Robin Robinson, whose contract expires in August. Fox Chicago bosses did not respond to inquiries about reported plans to alter their anchor lineup.

If Sirott does leave Fox 32, his agreement with Tribune Broadcasting likely would be expanded to include television work. But sources emphasized that he was not being considered for the 9 p.m. news anchor position at WGN-Channel 9 currently held by Mark Suppelsa. 

It appears that Sirott may have made a very wise move. FTVLive is betting you will not see Sirott on WFLD for much longer.

Stay tuned...