Press: More Programs, Less News

Are the networks offsetting budget woes by stinting on coverage?

Chicago, City of the Big Shoulders, has always had to shoulder a big share of the network news load. A few years ago, each of the three broadcast networks had thriving bureaus there -- nearly a dozen reporters among them, all scrambling to cover most of mid-America between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.

If it was a hard job then, it is all but impossible now. Two weeks ago, CBS confirmed that it was shutting down its Chicago bureau, leaving a single reporter to handle the entire region from an office at the network's local affiliate. ABC is cutting its Chicago...

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