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WGN-Channel 9 announces major newscast expansion

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Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9 on Wednesday announced a major expansion of its newscasts. Starting Oct.5, the "WGN Midday News" will add 30 minutes and air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Allison Payne and Steve Sanders fronting the expanded newscast. The new assignment reunites Payne and Sanders, who previously anchored together on WGN's 9 p.m. newscast. WGN's early evening news also will expand from 30 minutes to an hour and air 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mark Suppelsa and Lourdes Duarte will co-anchor the early evening newscast. WGN's flagship hour-long "News at Nine" will continue as is, with Micah Materre and Suppelsa as co-anchors.

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Lourdes Duarte is such a great choice
for the 5:00 news. She is certainly
a bright and shining star.

Allison is doing great in the midday news.
Micah has done well in the 9:00 slot.

Good job whoever put these teams together.

Interesting story you got here. It would be great to read more about this topic.

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