WBBM-TV Chicago named Craig Hume news director. Hume has been general manager at Time Warner-owned Central Florida News 13 in Orlando since 1997 and will begin in Chicago Oct. 16. Before that, he was news director at KTLA(TV) Los Angeles. He replaces Pat Costello, who left to run A.H. Belo's KING-TV and KONG-TV news departments in Seattle.
Neither Hume nor WBBM-TV General Manager Walt DeHaven returned calls, but clearly one of Hume's challenges will be determining the future of Carol Marin's much heralded but ratings-troubled late newscast. Marin's hope of keeping CBS News VP Joel Cheatwood-with whom she clashed at WMAQ-TV-out of WBBM-TV's business has apparently fallen by the wayside, since Cheatwood was involved in recruiting candidates for Costello's replacement and will be involved with the station.
Only a week before, many attendees at the Radio-Television News Directors Association convention in Minneapolis were sending out positive vibes for Marin's newscast, including keynoter Christiane Amanpour of CNN.