Ratcheting up the trend across the country and in Chicago of expanded morning news shows, “WGN Morning News” said it will start at 4:30 a.m., a half hour earlier, beginning Aug. 16. It’s the first time in six years WGN Morning News has been expanded. Locally, WMAQ, also known as NBC 5, has already had a morning news program at 4:30 a.m.
WGN’s added half hour will be anchored by Val Warner and include news, traffic updates and weather. At 5 a.m., co-anchors co-anchors Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten will take over with the remainder of the morning news crew.
“There’s an increasing amount of evidence that viewers are looking for news earlier and earlier because their lives are busier,” Greg Caputo, WGN news director said in a statement today.
“The last time we expanded was for much the same reason, as the viewers lifestyles were changing. We had a successful expansion, growing our ratings and our viewer base, and we expect the same things now.”
WGN is owned by Tribune Co., which also owns the Chicago Tribune.