WGN Radio cut ties with Crain’s Chicago Business after the latter published a story suggesting that new owner Nexstar Media Group could sell the radio property.
The two outlets had a working relationship that included a podcast and having Crain’s reporters popping up on WGN Radio.
Nexstar acquired WGN Radio as part of its purchase of Tribune’s broadcast assets in 2019.
While executives have denied any plans to sell WGN Radio, a Crain’s story reported that quoted industry analysts suggesting Nexstar could be “potentially positioning the 95-year-old Chicago station for another sale.”
The “Crain’s Daily Gist” podcast will be shuttered, though anchor Amy Guth will continue to contribute to it, reports Robert Feder.
Meanwhile, Feder’s sources say that a WGN microphone in the Crain’s newsroom has been removed.