Former news anchor Bill Kurtis is back at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 in at least a couple of capacities -- but not as a news anchor. The station said Wednesday it has picked up syndicated episodes of Kurtis' "Cold Case Files" series that originally aired on the A & E cable channel. The syndicated episodes will air Monday through Friday at 1 a.m. on WBBM, beginning Sept. 21.
Kurtis also will begin contributing a series of syndicated reports called "The Cold Case Minutes," which will debut on Sept. 22, on WBBM's flagship 10 p.m. newscast. The brief segments will be a regular feature on WBBM's late newscast. Kurtis' newscast segments reportedly will provide up-to-date information about unsolved local and national homicides and reach out to viewers for help in solving these crimes. Kurtis also will tell current stories about the work of local and national detectives who are crime detection experts.
"After more than 40 years in broadcasting, it's a wonderful feeling to come back home to WBBM-TV and bring the 'Cold Case' franchise with me," said Kurtis. "We are thrilled to have Bill contribute to our newscast much in the same way he did years ago," added WBBM News Director Jeff Kiernan.