Marin to give latenight Chi news femme touch

Anchor first latenight female

CBS is placing its faith in Carol Marin to boost the dismal local news ratings at its owned-and-operated station in Chicago.

Marin will anchor WBBM-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning in February, making her the first woman to solo anchor a late-night newscast in Chicago.

Marin replaces the team of Lester Holt and Linda MacLennan, who will continue to anchor the station’s 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts. She’s also been named senior editor of the 10 p.m. newscast.

WBBM, which dominated the Chicago news ratings through the mid-’80s, has been in a free-fall ever since then. The station’s 10 p.m. newscast has averaged a 6.0 Nielsen rating and 10 share through the November sweeps, far behind ABC-owned WLS’ 12.5/21 and NBC-owned WMAQ’s 11.1/19.

Marin, who anchored WMAQ’s 10 p.m. newscast for 12 years, made headlines in 1997 when she refused to share a desk with talkmeister Jerry Springer, who the station signed to do a series of commentaries. Marin left WMAQ soon after and moved to CBS, where she will continue to serve as a correspondent for “60 Minutes II.”

“We believe there is an opportunity to create a smart and engaging newscast reported by a single anchor,” said WBBM general manager Hank Price.

More TV

  • Rihanna France Concert Canceled

    Rihanna to Perform at Grammys With DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller

    CBS is placing its faith in Carol Marin to boost the dismal local news ratings at its owned-and-operated station in Chicago. Marin will anchor WBBM-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning in February, making her the first woman to solo anchor a late-night newscast in Chicago. Marin replaces the team of Lester Holt and Linda MacLennan, who […]

  • Lori Mccreary and Gary Lucchesi PGA

    How Harvey Weinstein Drove the PGA to Combat Sexual Harassment on Set

    CBS is placing its faith in Carol Marin to boost the dismal local news ratings at its owned-and-operated station in Chicago. Marin will anchor WBBM-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning in February, making her the first woman to solo anchor a late-night newscast in Chicago. Marin replaces the team of Lester Holt and Linda MacLennan, who […]

  • ABC Logo

    ABC Orders Tim Doyle Comedy Pilot

    CBS is placing its faith in Carol Marin to boost the dismal local news ratings at its owned-and-operated station in Chicago. Marin will anchor WBBM-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning in February, making her the first woman to solo anchor a late-night newscast in Chicago. Marin replaces the team of Lester Holt and Linda MacLennan, who […]

  • TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet

    TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ on BBC America

    CBS is placing its faith in Carol Marin to boost the dismal local news ratings at its owned-and-operated station in Chicago. Marin will anchor WBBM-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning in February, making her the first woman to solo anchor a late-night newscast in Chicago. Marin replaces the team of Lester Holt and Linda MacLennan, who […]

  • Jeff Zucker

    Jeff Zucker Has 'No Interest' In ESPN Job

    CBS is placing its faith in Carol Marin to boost the dismal local news ratings at its owned-and-operated station in Chicago. Marin will anchor WBBM-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning in February, making her the first woman to solo anchor a late-night newscast in Chicago. Marin replaces the team of Lester Holt and Linda MacLennan, who […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content