Management at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 has axed several of the station's on-air talent over the past eight months, but WFLD is actually re-signing some people too. A spokeswoman for the station said Tuesday that WFLD has re-signed morning show "Good Day Chicago" anchor/reporter Kori Chambers and "Good Day Chicago" general assignment reporter Anita Padilla to multi-year contracts. Padilla has been with the station since May, 2007, and Chambers came on board at WFLD in June, 2008.
WFLD general manager Michael Renda and news director Carol Fowler have focused most of their attention in recent months on revamping the station's hour-long 9 p.m. late newscast, but "Good Day Chicago" isn't being ignored. WFLD's five-hour-long morning show has shown some small ratings erosion in recent months, but not enough to cause major panic yet.
Meanwhile, political reporter Mike Flannery is now expected to make his debut on the WFLD late news on June 28. To the surprise of many observers, Flannery recently opted to jump to low-rated WFLD from CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2, where he was a well-liked mainstay in the station's talent roster. Flannery reportedly was attracted to WFLD, at least in part, by the promise of more air time to cover politics.