A WBBM-Channel 2 spokeswoman has confirmed that weatherman and technology reporter Ed Curran will sit out the remainder of his contract at the station. No decision has been made about whether Curran will be replaced.
WBBM, like almost every TV outlet in the market, has been busy paring staff and cutting overhead the past year -- part of an effort to improve bottom line performance as advertising revenue has declined -- significantly in some instances. In recent months, Curran had been appearing on the station's early evening newscasts and occasionally filling in for lead WBBM weatherman Steve Baskerville on the flagship 10 p.m. news.
Prior to the launch of "Monsters & Money in the Morning," Curran had been the weatherman on the station's early morning show. Mary Kay Kleist has been doing weather reporting for the "Monsters" show. With Curran gone, WBBM will still have three meteorologists on staff: Don Schwenneker, Kleist and Baskerville.