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Commentator Out at Former FOX Owned Station in Boston

goudieWFXT morning show personality Doug Goudie, who is known as VB on the show, is out at the now Cox Media owned Boston FOX affiliate.

The Boston Herald reports the focus of the morning show has changed from soft to hard news after the new owners took over from FOX. Goudie told the Herald, “Their philosophy of news was very different.”

“It was nothing I could do, nothing I wanted to do, so by mutual agreement I’m no longer working at Fox 25.”

VB, whose humorous, sarcastic and oft-outraged commentaries were a regular feature of the “Fox 25 Morning News” for the past 11 years, said the new station owners “aren’t big on opinions.”

“I had a very good run and I’m very proud of what I did there,” he said. “I worked with great people.” Read more

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Reporter Sera Congi Joins WCVB

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Boston CBS-owned station WBZ had let go of reporters Joe Shortsleeve, Sera Congi and Michael Rosenfield.

Well, we can now report on the future of one of the laid off journalists. According to New England One, Sera Congi has joined ABC affiliate WCVB as a reporter. She had been a general assignment reporter at WBZ since 2005. Prior to that, Congi spent 10 years as an anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WCAX in Burlington, VT.

WCVB anchor and reporter Liam Martin welcomed Congi to the station on Twitter yesterday:

Boston Stations Cover Former Mayor Tom Menino’s Passing

Local stations in Boston are serving up nonstop coverage on the death of former mayor Tom Menino. Starting at around 11:20 this morning, many local stations broke into regular programming to give viewers the sad news.

ABC affiliate WCVB broke into The View at 11:21 a.m., with anchors Emily Riemer and Erika Tarantal announcing that the mayor had died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, at the age of 71.

NBC affiliate WHDH broke into The Today Show at 11:22 a.m., with Christa Delcamp and Nancy Chen discussing the fact that a week ago, Menino decided to stop having treatments for his cancer.

CBS-owned station WBZ broke the news at 11:26 a.m, with political reporter Jon Keller sharing his insights into the mayor’s life and legacy.

FOX affiliate WFXT announced the news at 11:31 a.m., with anchor Gene Lavanchy discussing how Menino had cancelled his recent book tour to spend time with his family.

Look for continuing coverage of Menino from all four stations throughout the day (and night).

Reporter on Festival Organizer Who Sent Him Viral: ‘I Need to Send Her a Thank You Card’

pumpkin-fest-reporter1The young reporter who fought for his right to report from the Keene Pumpkin Festival knows the woman who tried to snatch the microphone out of his hand on live TV did him a favor, sending his video viral. “Yeah, I really need to send her a thank you card,” Jared Goodell, 22, told a Boston radio show host Monday.

Goodell, who was volunteering his time to cover the festival for a local public access channel, said he never anticipated either the rioting that led police to swarm the event, or the viral video. “It’s pretty much carved pumpkins, and kids walking around with their costumes, and yeah, that’s pretty much it.”

Goodell’s instinct to shift his reporting from pumpkin carving to public safety, however, was not warmly received by the event’s organizer, who rushed Goodell. “Ruth Sterling comes storming onto the set, literally wrestling me for my microphone.”

Listen to the entire interview, after the jump.
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Indianapolis Meteorologist Heading to Boston

gardner_WISHWBZ has hired meteorologist Pamela Gardner.

Gardner comes to the Boston CBS owned station from WISH in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Gardner had replaced Julie Patterson, who left the station in September. The IBJ says WISH management is concerned about losing employees after the station drops its affiliation in January.

In Gardner’s case, it could simply be a jump to a larger market. Boston is the seventh-largest U.S. media market and Indianapolis is 27th, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research.

In addition to Patterson and now Gardner, WISH lost its sales director, Julie Zoumbaris, who departed in September to take that same position with WRTV-TV Channel 6. Zoumbaris had been with WISH since 2009.

Gardner joined WISH in November 2011. Before that, she was the morning meteorologist for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.

‘She’s Not Letting Me Do My Job’: TV Reporter Struggles On Air With Pumpkin Fest Organizer


Covering a pumpkin festival rarely leads reporters to expect an on-air confrontation, but little about the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire went as expected Saturday night. When crowds got rowdy, riot police were sent in and thirty people were injured.

Reporter Jared Goodell of Cheshire TV attempted to talk about that with Keene Pumpkin Festival organizer Ruth Sterling, but the interview was testy–with Sterling attempting several times to grab the microphone out of Goodell’s hands. “She’s not letting me do my job,” Goodell said. “She would not like me to tell you what’s going on at Keene State College.”

Sterling insisted coverage of the rioting–which was getting national attention–was only serving to make matters worse, and she threatened to kick the TV crew out:

“This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we’ve ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren’t even at the pumpkin festival,” said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. “So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot.”

Julie Loncich Joins WBZ

WBZBoston’s WBZ has announced a new addition to their team: general assignment reporter Julie Loncich.

According to New England One, Loncich joins the CBS owned station this week, leaving Boston rival ABC affiliate WCVB, where she had been a freelance general assignment reporter since 2013. Before that, she was a reporter at New England Cable News.

Loncich sent a tweet out about the announcement on Friday:

She was congratulated on Twitter by WBZ managing editor Peter Wilson, as well as multiple producers at the network.

‘Family Calls’: Shannon Mulaire Leaving WFXT

903350_072011shannonMulaire.jpg-1Shannon Mulaire, morning co-host at Fox-owned WFXT in Boston, has announced she’s leaving the station to be closer to family in Connecticut. “Tough to leave my coworkers, but the time is right,” she explained in a post on Facebook this morning.

Mulaire, who has been in boston for five years, has a second child on the way and says “family calls.”

Reporter Shakeup at WBZ

wbz logo copyWBZ reporters Joe Shortsleeve, Sera Congi and Michael Rosenfield have been let go from the Boston CBS owned station.

“Their contracts are not being renewed,” a station spokesperson told the Boston Herald. “We thank them for their contributions to the station and wish them well in the future.”

[Shortsleeve's] agent, Ken Fishkin, said the reporter “has been looking at other opportunities both in and out of TV for a while now.” However, he has not yet landed a new job.

Congi has been a general assignment reporter at WBZ since 2005. She was also informed yesterday that her contract was not being renewed. Rosenfield, a Jamaica Plain native who has been covering the race for Senate in New Hampshire where Scott Brown is challenging incumbent Jean Shaheen, was told a few weeks ago that he wasn’t being be reupped. He is expected to finish up at the station later this week.

Cox ‘Welcomes New TV Stations in Boston, Memphis’

cox_media_group_304Cox Media Group sent out a press release today welcoming the employees of its two newest stations and updating them on management changes.

Cox acquired WHBQ in Memphis and WFXT in Boston from FOX in exchange for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In what is essentially a GM swap, KTVU GM Tom Raponi will follow the station group to Boston, becoming the new GM of WFXT. FOX announced yesterday WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will follow FOX to KTVU and replace Raponi. John Koski will stay on as GM of WHBQ.

“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at Cox Media Group, in Boston and in Memphis who made today a reality,” Jane Williams, CMG’s EVP of Television said in a statement. “We look forward to supporting these new stations as they continue playing key roles in their communities; providing vital news, information and entertainment to their audiences; and offering targeted sales solutions to their clients.”

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