Today we look at the number seven market in the US, where it seems Winter is having one last go.
“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.
“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.
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.”
Erika Tarantal is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. She joins the station after six years at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.
“Erika is an exceptional journalist and we are excited that she is making Boston and WCVB her home,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “Her professionalism and ability to connect to her audience will make her a great asset to our NewsCenter 5 team for years to come.”
More from WCVB after the jump. Read more
Bianca de la Garza will be stepping away from the WCVB anchor desk to launch a new production company, Lucky Gal Productions LLC. The production company’s first project will be an entertainment and lifestyle show that will air on the Boston ABC affiliate.
“Bianca has been a big part of our success on the EyeOpener,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “For over a year now, we have been discussing her future options in television and she is an entrepreneur at heart. Bianca has numerous other interests and will undoubtedly be successful in pursuing her new career. I’m thrilled her first venture will be on WCVB.”
De la Garza, WCVB’s morning anchor, will officially sign off in May. More from WCVB after the jump. Read more
The BBJ sat down with Bill Fine, president and GM of WCVB, who said his station is working on being the first one in the Boston market with an app that will live stream all the shows viewers watch on WCVB.
The Watch WCVB app: Like many other stations, WCVB already offers a live-stream of its newscasts. But plans are in the works to launch an app early this year to essentially allow for free, around-the-clock viewing on a smart phone or tablet. (While the app is geared for mobile users, the live streaming will also be available on a PC.) He says WCVB is the only Boston station that has disclosed plans so far to stream 24 hours a day.
There’s no firm date for the launch yet. Fine says that there’s been a lot of work on Hearst’s part to make deals with the cable and satellite TV companies to authenticate the users and develop the technology to ensure they get a top-notch experience.
Fine won’t disclose the ad sales model that WCVB plans to use. But the station does have the technology to “split the stream” — that is, it could sell ads to an app-only audience at a different price than it might to its overall broadcast audience. Some, or all of the ads that air on WCVB could be substituted with ads geared for the live-stream viewers.
Jacobson said she feels a “lot of emotion” in the wake of Curtis’ death. “I’m grateful for the years we had, I’m grateful for the three children,” she told WCVB reporter Jack Harper. “I’m sad Chet died early.” Watch:
Colleagues and friends of Chet Curtis, who died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer, remember the longtime Boston anchor as “magnetic” and “an amazing guy.” WCVB, where Curtis worked for nearly 30 years, has a collection of tributes from current and former staffers:
“I was out with a couple of former photographers at WCVB recently. And the one comment that seemed to resurface was nobody ever had a bad word to say about him,” former WCVB anchor Jim Boyd said. “I mean, he was just the ultimate professional, a great friend, a very giving and loving person.”
“Chet was the kind of person who always made you feel good, no matter whether you were in a tense newsroom or just chatting in the hallway. He had that gift to envelop you with a kind of cloud of happiness,” recalled former WCVB medical editor Tim Johnson. “But I have to say almost in the same breath he was an excellent news man. He had great news instincts. He never acted like some of the caricatures of news men we see on the TV or in the movies. He had very good instincts, and you could always trust what he was trying to do with whatever news was at hand.”
WGBH host Emily Rooney, the daughter of the late Andy Rooney, told The Boston Globe “there is no single human being in the world, Peter Jennings included, who was better at the ad lib than Chet.” Rooney, who is a former WCVB news director, shared a famous Curtis story: Read more
Legendary Boston anchor Chet Curtis died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
Curtis spent the majority of his career at ABC affiliate WCVB, anchoring the evening newscast alongside his then-wife, Natalie Jacobson (pictured, right). He worked at the station from the time they launched until 1972 until he and Jacobson divorced in 1999. When their first daughter was born, the pair, known as “Chet and Nat,” received 5,000 cards from viewers and the birth was the lead story on the 6 p.m. newscast, according to WCVB.
“Chet Curtis was much more than an extraordinary journalist. He was a generous mentor and sincere friend to so many here at WCVB,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.
In 2001, Curtis joined New England Cable News, where he anchored “The Chet Curtis Report” and anchored political programming. Read more