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Boston Stations Cover First Anniversary of Marathon Bombing

Boston stations had expanded local morning newscasts this morning to cover the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

WBZ preempted “CBS This Morning” for special coverage of the anniversary, anchored by David Wade and Paula Ebben from a rooftop. “This morning, on this day of remembrance, we stand on a rooftop overlooking Boylston Street here in the city of Boston to reflect that our city was tested one year ago, the day that we proved to the world that we are indeed Boston Strong,” Wade said. The CBS-owned station had Sera Congi, Bill Shields and Beth Germano reporting from various locations around the city.

ABC affiliate WCVB also aired local programming in place of “Good Morning America.” Bianca de la Garza and Randy Price anchored the station’s coverage from Copley Square, just blocks away from the marathon finish line. Jim Lokay and Antoinette Antonio were live from the marathon’s starting line and Erika Tarantal and Cindy Fitzgibbon were live from Boylston Street.

Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire anchored on Fox-owned WFXT, with Catherine Parrotta reporting live from Copley Square.

NBC affiliate WHDH aired the “Today” show at its normal time, with Christa Delcamp and Kayna Whitworth anchoring cut-ins live from Copley Square.

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Boston’s WBZ Shuffles Morning Anchors

wbz morning newscastWBZ, the CBS-owned station in Boston, has shuffled its anchor lineup, a station spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

After more than a year anchoring the weekday morning newscast, Kerry Connolly is moving back to the weekend morning newscasts. She will be replaced by Kate Merrill, who moves to weekdays after the same amount of time anchoring the weekend morning newscast.

Merrill will anchor the weekday morning newscast alongside David Wade and Connolly will anchor the weekend morning newscast alongside Danielle Niles. The changes went into effect today.

Karen Anderson Joins WCVB From WBZ

karen andersonKaren Anderson is joining WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston. Anderson joins the station after 10 years at rival WBZ, the CBS-owned station in Boston.

“Karen is an accomplished journalist with a reputation for enterprising and breaking exclusive stories,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “She is a top notch investigative and political reporter with a proven track record. We are excited to have a reporter of her caliber join our talented team here at WCVB.”

In her new role, Anderson will work with WCVB’s investigative unit as well as covering politics and breaking news stories.

“WCVB’s reputation as Boston’s news leader as well as its commitment to outstanding journalism is what brought me to Channel 5.  I am honored to join the WCVB team and am looking forward to continuing to serve the Boston community,” Anderson said.

Boston Herald: Ratings to Blame For WBZ News Director’s Ouster

wbz logo copyThe Boston Herald is reporting ratings were to blame for the news director change at WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston. John Verrilli had worked at the station’s news director since 2009 before departing yesterday:

When we asked one station insider why Verrilli was gone, the answer was simple: “Bad ratings.”

WBZ general manager Mark Lund met with staffers yesterday to break the news. Verrilli, who had been at ’BZ since 2009, will be replaced temporarily by assistant news director Sarah Burke until a permanent successor is named.

“We know ratings have been a challenge,” said one station snitch. “We have to get better.”

WCVB Names J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof Co-Anchors of 5 p.m. Newscast

JC Monahan and Phil Lipof_304x200J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof have been named co-anchors of the 5 p.m. newscast at WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston. The pair, who have been anchoring together for several months, are officially assuming their roles on a permanent basis.

“As a team, J.C. and Phil have a great rapport which is essential to establishing a successful and enduring news team,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “Their reporting styles and personalities have resonated very well with our viewers and we are confident that in their new roles, they will continue to retain our ‘news leadership’ position in the market.”

Monahan will continue in her role as co-anchor of “Chronicle,” WCVB’s nightly newsmagazine.

John Verrilli Out as News Director at WBZ

wbz logo copyWBZ news director John Verrilli is no longer with the CBS owned Boston station, a WBZ spokesperson has confirmed with TVSpy.

Verrilli started at the station in 2009. He came from the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, KDKA. He has also worked as managing editor at WCBS in New York.

WBZ wouldn’t say why he left.

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Dr. Mallika Marshall Returns to WBZ as Medical Reporter

Mallika-Marshall-MD-articleWBZ announced Dr. Mallika Marshall will return as medical reporter next Monday, March, 24.

“Boston and the New England region are at the center of unprecedented advances in medical technology that are changing people’s lives, and to have a medical reporter of Mallika’s experience, both in the field of medicine and in front of the camera, will be a huge asset for our viewers,” Mark Lund WBZ president and GM said in a statement.

Marshall serves on the staff at Harvard Medical School and practices at the Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Urgent Care Clinic and MGH Revere Health Center.

She started as “HealthWatch” anchor at WBZ in 2000. After leaving the Boston CBS owned station, Marshall was the medical contributor on Katie Couric ‘s daytime show “Katie.” She was also the medical contributor for New England Cable News and had her own syndicated health reports that aired in more than 70 markets.

She is the daughter of former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Joins WBZ as Security Analyst

ed davisFormer Boston police commissioner Ed Davis is joining WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, as a security analyst. Davis has worked in law enforcement for more than three decades.

“His outstanding legal experience and leadership have been evidenced on many occasions but none more public or acclaimed than his handling of the Boston Marathon Bombings investigation, manhunt, and arrest,” WBZ general manager Mark Lund said in a statement. “There is no one who can contribute expert analysis to security and law enforcement coverage the way that Ed Davis will to WBZ-TV News.”

Davis, who is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, served as Boston police commissioner from 2006 to 2013.

Mike Dowling Ends 28-Year Career at WCVB

Mike Dowling WCVBVeteran sports reporter Mike Dowling is leaving WCVB after 28 years with the station. He will officially sign off from the Boston ABC affiliate on February 21.

In a statement, Dowling said he has been “living the dream” at the “best television station in Boston and in the best sports town in the country.” He said he will spent more time with his family and pursue other interests after leaving WCVB.

“Mike has witnessed many key moments in Boston’s sports history and very ably chronicled the ride for our viewers,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “We admire and support Mike in his decision to take some time for himself and his family and wish him nothing but the best.”

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