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Candidate Apologizes for Calling Boston Reporter ‘Sweetheart’

Charlie Baker’s a Republican candidate for governor in Massachusetts, and recently he’s been working to win over women voters. So an exchange Tuesday with political reporter Sharman Sacchetti of Fox owned WFXT was a setback. Baker dismissed a question from Sacchetti, calling her “sweetheart”, a move that’s put Baker on the defensive and forced him to apologize:

Baker, the Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor, was answering questions from a group of journalists when Fox 25 political reporter Sharman Sacchetti began to ask a question about Democratic criticisms.

“Democrats are saying, they just put out an email–” Saccheti began before being interrupted.

“Ok, this is going to be the last one, sweetheart,” Baker said, patting her on the shoulder.

“Sweetheart?” Saccheti responded.

“I’m kidding,” Baker said.

Boston Anchor’s Story of Near-Fatal Illness Hits Home With Viewers

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 9.28.35 AMPhil Lipoff, anchor at Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, is back at work after a frightening brush with death. Writing about his illness in detail for the first time, Lipoff reveals how quickly his health collapsed, and how his recovery has impacted him:

This was a life-threatening and life-altering episode. I see things differently now.

I see more of what is really important. (I know that is a cliché, but it’s true.)

I drove for the first time this week. The windows were down. It was such a beautiful day. The sky has never looked so blue. I just kept breathing in and out. Have you ever been aware of your breath before? It’s an amazing thing.

After three weeks away from work, I’m back at the desk this week. You have NO idea how good that sounds to me. Better than the alternative, right?

Lipoff’s story, posted to WCVB’s website Monday, has been shared more than two thousand times, and gotten nearly 7,000 likes on Facebook.

On WBZ Reporter’s First Day, a Memorable Moment on National TV

chris2Chalk it up to a memorable first day. Chris McKinnon started as a reporter at Boston CBS O&O WBZ Thursday, and had a chance to do a live hit on national TV. Fantastic, right?

McKinnon’s package on a shark attack in Plymouth, Massachusetts aired and McKinnon tossed back to Charlie Rose and Gayle King. Then he walked out of frame. And yes, he was still live on CBS. Not quite as fantastic!

Enjoy, after the jump.
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ABC Anchor David Muir Comes Back to WCVB

Before ascending to the the big chair at ABC World News Tonight, David Muir was a local anchor and reporter.

WCVB, one of the stations he worked for before going to ABC, brought him back to help promote the Boston ABC affiliate. Muir started at WCVB in 2000 and worked there until joining ABC News in 2003.

Last week, mediabistroTV sat down with Muir to ask about his first big break (look for it in the coming weeks). During the interview, he revealed his passion for reporting in the field and told us about a story that will air tonight on his show. Muir called them the “Lost Generation,” kids in Syria who have been forced to trade working in the classroom for working in the fields.

Boston Station Hires From Within for Sports Reporter Job

5x7 Bob HalloranWCVB says it has found the right person to fill the sports reporter role left vacant after Mike Dowling left in February. His name is Bob Halloran and he’s been working at the Boston ABC affiliate since 2003.

“Bob is an exceptional talent.  His ability to fill multiple roles—anchoring, writing, producing and reporting—made the decision to bring him on board as our sports reporter an easy one,” Andrew Vrees, WCVB news director, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to seeing Bob continue to grow at NewsCenter 5.”

Since he started at WCVB, Halloran has been working as a reporter, anchor and fill-in sports reporter. He will join anchor Mike Lynch on Monday.

Todd Gutner Says He’s Heading to Maine

Todd Gutner, WBZ morning and noon meteorologist, has announced he is leaving Boston CBS owned station for NBC affiliate WCSH in Portland, ME.

Gutner, who came to WBZ from WCSH, was replaced this week by weekend morning meteorologist Danielle Niles.

Sunbeam Confirms New GM at Boston Stations, Makes Changes in Sales Management

sunbeam televisionSunbeam Television has announced sales management changes at Boston NBC affiliate WHDH and CW affiliate WLVI prompted by naming Robert “Bubba” Burns, VP and GM of both stations.

Sunbeam announced Paul Magnes will replace Burns as Director of Sales for WHDH-WLVI. Magnes was the local sales manager at WHDH. WLVI local sales manager Marcy Burt McCauley replaces Magnes as local sales manager of WHDH. WHDH account executive Jennifer Howe MacDermott was named local sales manager at WLVI, replacing McCauley, while WHDH account executive Charles Shiebler was named national sales manager for WLVI.

“As I move to the corporate offices of Sunbeam Television, I am excited that we have Bubba Burns and a strong management team leading the Boston stations into the future,” Chris Wayland, executive VP and GM of Sunbeam Television Corporation said in a press release.

WBZ Makes Expected Anchor Moves

wbz logo copyYesterday, we reported the GM of Boston CBS owned station WBZ said more changes were coming when he announced the addition of two anchors to the morning news.

Today, WBZ revealed those changes: Starting Monday, Lisa Hughes and David Wade will co-anchor the 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts while Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias will co-anchor the 6:00 p.m. on WBZ and the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

Chief meteorologist Eric Fisher, who will stay on at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. in addition to the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

“We are very fortunate that the entire WBZ-TV anchor team has great experience, a track record for outstanding journalism, strong local ties, and unmatched commitment to public service,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “These anchor assignments give us even more opportunities for the WBZ-TV news team to create the best content in the market, produce more investigative and enterprise reports, and continue to be the market’s #1 choice for news on the stories that matter most to our community.”

Last week, 6:00 p.m. anchor Jack Williams announced he was leaving the anchor desk.

‘New Lease on Life’: WCVB Anchor Phil Lipof Leaves Hospital After 8 Days

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Phil Lipof, news anchor at Boston ABC station WCVB, has left Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after an eight day stay. “I can’t thank BIDMC health enough,” Lipof said on Twitter. “The best doctors and nurses and staff… Thank you thank you thank you!”

Lipof’s Facebook page has been bombarded with well-wishes from viewers after the anchor explained his absence from the air:

I’ve been in the hospital for 8 days… And I wanted to tell you why. It all happened so fast. I was taking an antibiotic for an infection. My body had what has been described as a severe, rare and toxic reaction to that antibiotic. My fever spiked to 104 and could not be controlled. My blood pressure dropped dangerously low. After all of that was under control… There was minor damage to my kidneys. They my liver showed signs of injury. So we began to watch those levels and they would not come down… Just kept going up! It was very scary for about 48 hours. Sort of changes your perspective on EVERYTHING! I had a lot of time to think about what’s important in life.

Lipof joined WCVB last year from New York’s WABC.

WBZ Adds Two to Morning and Noon Newscasts

hauser WBZ nilesBoston CBS owned station WBZ is adding Kathryn Hauser (pictured left) and meteorologist Danielle Niles (right) to the station’s weekday morning and noon newscasts.

“Kathryn is an outstanding journalist with deep connections to the New England region, and will be a great addition to the ‘BZ News team,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “Danielle’s local roots, expertise as a meteorologist, and warm on-air presentation will be perfect for the morning newscast.”

Lund foreshadowed more changes to come by adding, “These changes will also give us the opportunity to make additional anchor reassignments that will allow us to bolster our enterprise and investigative reporting, content development, and commitment to the local community.”

Hauser come to WBZ from News 12 Connecticut where she had worked since 2009. She started her career at CBS owned WLNY in Long Island and has also worked at WXXA in Albany.

Niles moves over from the weekend mornings at WBZ. She came the station in 2013 from New England Cable News. Before that she was a forecaster at Weather Services international in Andover, MA.

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