ST. LOUIS • Longtime reporter and weekend show host Charles Jaco is leaving KTVI (Channel 2), according to the station.
“After 11 years of journalistic service to St. Louis, Fox 2 and reporter Charles Jaco have mutually agreed to part ways,” the station’s general manager, Spencer Koch, said in a statement. “We thank Charles for his service and wish him all the best in his future plans and pursuits.”
KTVI’s news director, Audrey Prywitch, emailed the statement to the Post-Dispatch but declined to comment further.
Jaco addressed his departure on Twitter, saying: “From Iraq in ’03 to Todd Akin in ’12, a great time. Thanks, guys! Now working on new book. Stay tuned!”
Jaco, 63, gave no details and could not be reached for comment.
Before joining KTVI in 2003, Jaco worked for KMOX-AM for seven years. He worked at CNN before that, reporting on the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo.
The interview during Akin’s run for the U.S. Senate became controversial when Jaco asked Akin about his opposition to abortion in instances of rape. Akin answered that pregnancies caused by rape were rare, adding “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
KTVI is owned by the Tribune Co., which closed on a deal last year to buy KTVI and 15 other television stations from Local TV Holdings for $2.7 billion.
A very sad day for St. Louis and integrity in STL media. Charles Jaco was a great truth-teller who kept Todd Akin out of office.
This is the 2nd stupid blunder that Fox2/KPLR11 has been made in the past 2 months. First, the infamous scheduling swap that got Angie Mock ejected off the morning shift (thus putting Kim Hudson in Mock’s old slot, and Anthony Kiekow in Hudson’s old slot), now this.
When we talk about topping Billboard charts, names like Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, The Beatles and Madonna usually come to mind. Now, relative newcomers Imagine Dragons are breathing some fire into the conversation.
The group’s Grammy-winning smash “Radioactive” has broken the record for the longest streak on the Hot 100 chart. Currently in its 77th week on the rankings, the song joins a list of hits that mostly hail from the 2000s. The previous record holder was Jason Mraz, whose 2008 release “I’m Yours” saw a 76-week run on the countdown.
But don’t get too comfortable, Imagine Dragons. Both songs are currently threatened by AWOLNATION’s "Sail," which is tied with Mraz as the second-longest chart entry. Like “Radioactive,” “Sail” is still a Hot 100 fixture. The Imagine Dragons tune currently sits at No. 26, while AWOLNATION rose to No. 40 this week.
Tom Skilling still may be America’s weatherman, but his unparalleled nightly forecasts aren’t reaching viewers from coast to coast anymore.
After more than 35 years as a staple of Tribune Broadcasting’s cable superstation, WGN-Channel 9’s 9 p.m. newscast has been dropped from the nightly schedule of WGN America.
Thursday morning update: A spokesperson for WGN America said: “Chicago’s very own WGN News has many loyal fans and we are committed to continue making these news programs available to our viewers. In recent months, WGN America has been evolving its programming direction to best serve the interests of our national audience. ‘WGN News at Nine’ continues to be available nationally at WGNTV.com,where all WGN Chicago newscasts are streamed live. Further, an hour of Chicago’s very own ‘WGN Morning News’ has been added to the WGNA schedule for viewers to enjoy weekdays, and ‘WGN Midday News’ will continue to air as scheduled.”
Artists Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert brought down the house at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. While performing their song “Same Love”, Queen Latifah joined the stage to officially marry 33 couples in the audience, both gay and straight. As soon as the vows were finished, Madonna, a longtime LGBT activist, made an appearance to sing “Open Your Heart” with Mary Lambert. See the heart-touching performances and ceremony here: