Channel 2 whacks anchor Mary Ann Childers, 17 others in cost-cu...

Long-time Chicago anchor Mary Ann Childers, reporter Katie McCall and morning show executive producer Vicki Zwart are said to be among around 18 WBBM-Ch. 2 staffers today either laid off or being told their ... Full Story
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Darkwater

United States

#1 Mar 31, 2008
Cost Cutting? I don't think so, more like cleaning house to bring in new blood that hopefully make Channel 2 news what it was when Bill Kurtis was there.
Grabbimom

Dyersville, IA

#2 Mar 31, 2008
Apparently some proofreaders were also let go...
7 Fan

New York, NY

#3 Mar 31, 2008
By getting rid of Childers, they are assured her husband, Jay Levine, will leave as well. Two birds...
Ahzroc

United States

#4 Mar 31, 2008
Oh YEAH! Cut PEOPLE! YEAH, THAT'S RESPONSIBLE!
MOSHMAN IS A 1ST RATE GUY AND A TOP PROFESSIONAL...Childers NEVER got enough credit and was too claasy to demand it... really like her... COME ON CHANNEL 2 !!!! NOT GOOD!!!!
kara

Elk Grove Village, IL

#5 Mar 31, 2008
Mary Ann Childers - my idol since childhood. sigh
mee

Toronto, Canada

#6 Mar 31, 2008
Mary Ann Childers is a great news anchor. Its too bad, they are losing one of the best.
eddie shore

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 31, 2008
hello mark suppelsa
Mark

Girard, OH

#8 Mar 31, 2008
Yeah she's getting too old -- like Kathy Brock
Ahzroc

United States

#9 Mar 31, 2008
Typo - Classy - (of all words..)
Stephanie

Aurora, IL

#10 Mar 31, 2008
I'm sorry for Ms. Childers. It must be painful to lose a job after so many years. However, I rarely watch the news on ANY of the stations anymore as it is generally 15-20 minutes of fluff, followed by 10 minutes of sports and no hard news reporting. When Bill Kurtis moved to A&E it started to be a wonderful station, UNTIL Dog the Bounty Hunter and some other mindless programs that have mercifully be blotted out of my memory banks
JKS

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 31, 2008
Childers is the best. She should be that last one cut!
Tannerman

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 31, 2008
I would have started with Diane Burns
STEVE

Seymour, CT

#13 Mar 31, 2008
I HOPE MR. AHERN HIMSELF, WILL NOT BE WRITING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE NEWS.
HIS COMMENTS, IF QUOTED CORRECTLY, absolutely PROVE,
He's ILLITERATE!
Mully

Newington, CT

#15 Mar 31, 2008
There is a new person starting. Can't remember her name, but she is young and pretty.
da worker

AOL

#16 Mar 31, 2008
I never heard of any of these people. Tell them to get real jobs.
Kimmy

Warrenville, IL

#17 Mar 31, 2008
Listen, this is happening everywhere! Companies have been letting people go and asking others to step up for YEARS now. 100 people offices are cut down to 40, with extra clients, extra duties, and usually the same pay! Although I find it sad because I grew up with May Ann Childers, I can't say what CBS is doing is any worse than any one else!
Vinnie from Chicago

Melrose Park, IL

#18 Mar 31, 2008
Why not save a ton of money by not renewing the contract
on the station's one dimensional and grossly overpaid principal news reader -Dian Burns?
Larry

United States

#19 Mar 31, 2008
Lots of changes coming to Chicago TV stations, with Mark Suppelsa and now Mary Anne Childers being free agents. I see a musical chairs game just beginning with Warner Saunders probably retiring this summer, Alison Payne still out due to illness (get well soon), Diann Burns likely exiting Ch. 2 shortly and David Novarro still only temporarily anchoring the 9pm news on Ch. 32. Fun times ahead for the talent agents.
Katie fan

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Mar 31, 2008
Katie McCall was the best looking face on the Chicago dial. As much as I HATE Diane Bums, it made waiting through Diane's smarmy racist crap worth it when Katie came on. Hope she stays in town.

“<insert witty comment here>”

Since: Jul 07

United States

#22 Mar 31, 2008
Is he any relation to Mary Ann Ahern (channel 5)? Pretty interesting if she suddenly shows up in the anchor chair...

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