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Boston Stations Cover Explosions at Marathon Finish Line

Boston TV stations broke in to regular programming to report on the two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions were reported shortly before 3:00 p.m.

WBZ, the Boston CBS owned station, first reported the news at 2:57:29. The station cut in to “The Talk” with anchors Paula Ebben and Bobby Sisk in the studio. They quickly went to a shot from their helicopter on its way to the finish line before going to a live phoner with Lisa Hughes who was on the scene.

WHDH, the Boston NBC affiliate, broke in at 2:59:42.  With an anchor in studio talking under a wide shot of the city skyline, WHDH tossed to a live phoner with Janet Wu. Wu reported the explosions happened inside a building in between Exeter and Dartmouth less than hundred feet from the finish line.

WCVB, the Boston ABC affiliate, cut in to “Katie” at at 3:00:38 with anchor Liz Brunner in the studio.  Brunner then tossed to Sean Kelly who was live by phone.

WFXT, the FOX affiliate, was next to break in, interrupting “Anderson Live” at 3:03:04.  The station began with a helicopter shot of the scene at the finish line.  They quickly went to a live phoner with WFXT news photographer Matt Tomlin. Tomlin said he was on the photo bridge at the finish line when the explosions happened.

An influx of people trying to access Boston’s TV and newspaper websites have caused the sites to either go offline or slow considerably.

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