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Leadership Changes at Sunbeam’s WHDH, WSVN

sunbeam televisionLeadership changes are coming to WHDH-WLVI and WSVN, Sunbeam’s stations in Boston and Miami, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

Beginning in September, Robert “Bubba” Burns will take over as the general manager of WHDH-WLVI, the NBC and CW affiliates in Boston. Burns has been with Sunbeam for seven years, most recently as the Boston stations’ general sales manager.

Burns replaces Chris Wayland, who is being promoted to executive vice present and general manager of Sunbeam. In his new role, Wayland replaces Robert Leider, who also serves as general manager of WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami. Leider will shift to a vice president and consulting role at Sunbeam, New England One reports.

Lauren Leamanczyk Named Investigative Correspondent at WBZ

lauren leamanczykLauren Leamanczyk has been named an investigative correspondent for WBZ, the CBS-owned station in Boston. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Leamanczyk joined WBZ in 2011 as New Hampshire bureau chief. Most recently, she has worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.

Before WBZ, Leamanczyk worked as a reporter at WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

No Injuries Reported After WHDH Helicopter Makes Hard Landing

WHDH-Chopper-Hard-Landing-0521--10--jpgBoston NBC affiliate WHDH‘s helicopter made what was described as a hard landing shortly after take off this morning.

“The Bell B206 helicopter reportedly experienced an engine problem as it took off,” an FAA spokesperson told Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

WCVB reports the chopper’s tail rotor had broken off. The helicopter landed on a taxi way at Beverly Municipal Airport.

No injuries have been reported. TVSpy has asked WHDH for comment.

WCVB’s website does not allow embedding. Click here to see video of the helicopter.

Here’s CBS owned station WBZ’s tweet and link to its report:

 

WCVB Blames Nielsen for Ratings Drop

wcvb_304Boston ABC affiliate WCVB is telling its advertisers it’s not the station’s fault the ratings have dropped recently, it’s because the people who count the viewers are doing it wrong.

The Boston Herald reports WCVB’s GSM Andy Hoffman told station advertisers Nielsen included too many young people and New Hampshire residents in its sample.

“The Massachusetts segment of the DMA (designated market area) has become under-sampled while the New Hampshire segment has become over-sampled,” Hoffman wrote.

Channel 5 says its investigation also showed that households with viewers under 35 may have been over-represented, as well as houses that rely solely on broadband to deliver TV stations — most of which are in New Hampshire.

The increase in the size of the New Hampshire sample is a problem for Channel 5 because WMUR in the Granite State simulcasts the same programming as WCVB. And the increase in younger viewers is also unhelpful because everyone knows that kids get all their news and entertainment online! Read more

Emily Riemer Returns to WCVB as Morning, Noon Anchor

emily riemer_304x200Emily Riemer is returning to her former station, Boston ABC affiliate WCVB. Beginning June 2, she will be the station’s morning and noon anchor.

“We are very excited to have Emily return to our Channel 5 family and we will benefit greatly from having her talents once again presented on our air,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

Riemer left WCVB in 2013 after two years as weekend anchor. In her new role, she replaces Bianca de la Garza, who is leaving WCVB to launch her own production company.

Riemer’s first assignment for WCVB was a one-on-one interview with Barbara Walters on the eve of her retirement. The interview will air on WCVB’s 11 p.m. newscast tomorrow.

“My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Boston,” Riemer said. “We’re looking forward to being close to family and I’m excited to work with the people I know to be some of the best in the business here at WCVB.”

The announcement from WCVB, after the jump. Read more

New Hampshire Home Explodes Live on WCVB

A home explosion in New Hampshire was broadcast live on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB Monday. Although the incident was also covered by CBS-owned WBZ, Fox-owned WFXT and NBC affiliate WHDH, only WCVB was showing the aerial pictures live at the moment of the explosion.

A police officer was shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute call at the residence shortly before the explosion.

Seconds before the explosion, WCVB anchor Phil Lipof says: “Very clearly they have not put water on this home for some reason. I don’t know what they think is inside.” Watch:

News Director and Assistant ND Out at NECN

necn logo_304x200Nannette Hobson, news director for New England Cable News, and assistant news director Bob Keating no longer work at the NBC Universal owned cable network.

“Nannette Hobson and Bob Keating have both left NECN,” a spokesperson for the NBC Universal owned cable network told TVSpy. “We are grateful for their contributions to the station and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The Boston Herald reports Michael St. Peter, NECN GM, said in an email to employees, “We will immediately begin a nationwide search for a new news director for NECN.”

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.

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.

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