It's official. Mike Leiderman has been named executive producer of Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32's hour-long 9 p.m. newscast, which despite more than 18 months of revamping, remains in last place in the late news ratings race in the Chicago market.
Most recently Leiderman ran his own production company Leiderman Productions. Prior to that he held positions with Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Leiderman also was the executive producer of WTTW-Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight," during the time when WFLD late news co-anchor Bob Sirott was a host of that news and features show.
Sources say Leiderman was Sirott's choice to oversee WFLD's late newscast. But it remains to be seen whether Leiderman will push the WFLD newscast in the direction of longer, more in-depth segments or opt to quicken the pace of the show. Leiderman comes on board on March 14th.
Also, WFLD is bringing on board Phil Landeros as executive producer of its weekend evening newscast. Landeros comes to WFLD from the CBS station in Tampa, Fla. His first day in the new job will be March 21st.