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WCVB GM Says Station Working on Live Streaming App

ABC_5_WCVB_TV_BostonThe Boston Business Journal is reporting Boston ABC affiliate WCVB has plans to launch a live streaming app.

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.

Natalie Jacobson on Chet Curtis: ‘He Loved What He Did’

Natalie Jacobson, Chet Curtisformer WCVB co-anchor and ex-wife, reflected on her life with the legendary anchorman in an emotional interview with the Boston ABC affiliate Thursday.

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 Remember Chet Curtis: ‘The Ultimate Professional, a Great Friend’

chet curtis necnColleagues 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

Longtime Boston Anchor Chet Curtis Dies

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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

Olessa Stepanova Joins WCVB From WFSB

olessa stepanovaOlessa Stepanova is joining Boston ABC affiliate WCVB as a traffic reporter for the morning newscast. Stepnova will make her WCVB debut January 13.

“Olessa has a distinctive quality about her. She is very bright, energetic and knowledgeable about the New England area,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “She comes with great experience, having covered several major metropolitan areas. We are excited to welcome her here in Boston and at Channel 5.”

Stepanova comes to Boston from Hartford, where she has been the morning traffic reporter at CBS affiliate WFSB since 2011. She was also a fill-in anchor and co-host for “Better Connecticut,” a local lifestyle show.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

Elle Duncan Joins NESN From WXIA

elle duncanElle Duncan is joining NESN as an anchor, host and reporter in February 2014.

“Elle’s incredible sports knowledge, relatable personality and quick wit stood out as best-in-class during a nationwide search for top new talent in sports television. We are very excited to bring her skills and personality to New England fans,” NESN vice president of programming and production/executive producer Joseph Maar said in a statement.

Duncan comes from Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, where she has been a traffic reporter since May 2012. She also currently works as a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Boston NBC Affiliate Adds Memphis Anchor

anderson_whdhKris Anderson, morning anchor for WREG, is headed to Boston to join NBC affiliate WHDH.

Anderson told TVSpy he will anchor the weekend morning news and report for the weekday morning news three days a week starting December 30.

Anderson began his career at WOAY in Oak Hill, WV. Friday will be his last day at the Memphis CBS affiliate.

Boston FOX Viewers Help Police Nab ‘Most Wanted Sex Offenders’


Days after airing a report on WFXT, viewers of the Boston FOX owned station have helped Massachusetts State Police track down seven of the ten most wanted sex offenders in Massachusetts.

WFXT crime reporter Bob Ward aired the list of men on “New England’s Unsolved” during the WFXT 10:00 p.m. Sunday newscast. By Wednesday, seven of the men were in custody.

 Click here to see the station’s story on its website. You can also see the names of the men still at-large.

Mike St. Peter Named General Manager of New England Cable News

necn logoMike St. Peter is the new senior vice president and general manager of New England Cable News, NBCUniversal’s 24-hour cable network in Newton, Mass.

It is a move within NBC for St. Peter, who has been the vice president of news at WVIT, the NBC owned station in Hartford, since 2006.

“Mike is a great leader. He has developed a strong news organization in Hartford and has considerably strengthened the competitive position of WVIT in the past 2 years,” Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement.

St. Peter replaces Stacey Bronner, who left NECN two months ago.

Boston Station Interviews Sox Fans with Vague Ideas About History and Birthdays


After the hometown Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series Wednesday night, WHDH reporter Ryan Schulteis interviewed a couple of fans who were either more than a few sheets to wind or time travelers who came to re-live the joy of a Boston World Series victory at home.

At the start of the interview not seen on the YouTube clip above, one of the young men told the Boston NBC affiliate reporter this win wasn’t the same as the last time the Sox won at home in 1918.

So Schultheis turned his attention to the young man standing next to the young old-timer,”Talk about being here for this momentous occasion. This is history!” said Schulteis. “This is history and I’ll tell you what,” said the young man. “I was not alive during 1918, obviously, and this was more than f#cking history!”

Then to keep the fun going, Schulteis returned to the first guy who told the Boston reporter, “I’ve been alive since probably 1988 and this is the best time ever because I’ve been watching the Sox since ’88 and I’ve never seen ‘em win a game six since now.” Yogi Berra anyone?

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