WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” ends contract for 18-year correspondent

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Rich Samuels, longtime reporter on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, did not have his contract renewed due to a “seven-figure shortfall” in the station’s budget, according to blogger Robert Feder on Vocalo. The 68-year-old Samuels spent a total of 35 years in Chicago broadcast media, the last 18 at Channel 11. It’s the latest blow for the pubaffairs show; host John Callaway died last June. A station spokeswoman declined to detail any financial troubles at the station in the Chicago Sun-Times. She did confirm that Samuels would not be replaced.

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