WYCC viewers across Chicago are disappointed with the sudden ‘delay’ of the season premier of In The Loop. The program was ready (and promoted) for tonight’s 7pm time slot, with the entire show devoted to the financial meltdown and educational policy debate at Chicago Public Schools. An extensive interview I sat down for with Robin Robinson is prominently featured in the segment, along with numerous others representing varying views on the current state and direction of the city’s public school system. A panel discussion was also planned, including newly appointed CPS Board Member Frank Clark and Sun Times Columnist Mary Mitchell.
The program is now “on hold” for reasons not being publicly disclosed, but sources say there is some sort of procedural dispute between the station and the City Colleges of Chicago. WYCC is a PBS affiliate, with the license held by City Colleges. City Colleges does not have editorial control of the station (per FCC rules), but does administer the budget.
Canceling a show on the eve before it is scheduled to broadcast is a very unusual and drastic move. With the content tied to the opening of the school year, it’s uncertain if this program will air at all if the delay extends beyond next week. Stay tuned.
WYCC statement on social media platforms;
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the premiere of season 6 of In The Loop will be delayed. We apologize to everyone who was eagerly anticipating the launch. We are working hard to remedy the situation and will share updated news as soon as it’s available. Thank you for your support”.