Published on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 08:24
Diann Burns, the former multi-million dollar news anchor for WBBM-TV and WLS-TV, has found new work. Beginning April 11th, Burns will be the new host of "nextTV." This is Burns' first television work since being forced out from her position at CBS2 News in April 2008 in a mass layoff.
"nextTV" is a weekly, 30 minute news and entertainment program aimed at Chicago's African-American community that airs Sundays at 8:00am on WFLD-TV, with a repeat airing at 12:30pm on WPWR-TV. The show is produced by the Chicago Urban League, who created and premiered it last year. The locally-produced program showcases economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, social justice, pop culture, and current events. In its first season last year, the show won two local Emmy Awards.
Diann Burns will be the program's second host, as the Chicago Urban League's then CEO and President, Cheryle Jackson was the host of the first season. After leaving the Urban League to make an unsuccessful run for the US Senate, Jackson is now leaving public life and returning to the private sector. Burns had a successful 18 year run as anchor & reporter for ABC7, before jumping to CBS2 for five years.