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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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WCVB Names J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof Co-Anchors of 5 p.m. Newscast

JC Monahan and Phil Lipof_304x200J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof have been named co-anchors of the 5 p.m. newscast at WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston. The pair, who have been anchoring together for several months, are officially assuming their roles on a permanent basis.

“As a team, J.C. and Phil have a great rapport which is essential to establishing a successful and enduring news team,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “Their reporting styles and personalities have resonated very well with our viewers and we are confident that in their new roles, they will continue to retain our ‘news leadership’ position in the market.”

Monahan will continue in her role as co-anchor of “Chronicle,” WCVB’s nightly newsmagazine.

Mike Dowling Ends 28-Year Career at WCVB

Mike Dowling WCVBVeteran sports reporter Mike Dowling is leaving WCVB after 28 years with the station. He will officially sign off from the Boston ABC affiliate on February 21.

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.”

Bianca de la Garza Leaving WCVB Anchor Desk to Start Production Company

bianca de la garzaBianca 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

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.

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

Phil Lipof Joins WCVB From WABC

phil lipof wcvb_304x200Phil Lipof is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. The Boston native comes from WABC, the ABC O&O in New York City, where he is the weekend morning anchor.

“We’re always on the lookout for strong anchors and reporters with ties to Boston and Phil fits the bill perfectly,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “We envision him taking on an important role on both the anchor desk and in the field with his experience and connection to this city.”

Before joining WABC in 2006, Lipof was a weekend anchor at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston. He began his journalism career as a WCVB intern.

“I’ve moved from Idaho to Miami to New York City for work, but my heart has always been in Boston,” Lipof said. “To come home now, with my family, to my family, is beyond words.  And to come to WCVB, Boston’s news leader, is a dream come true.”

It is not immediately known which newscasts Lipof will anchor. In a press release, WCVB said he “joins Ed Harding, Heather Unruh, Randy Price and Bianca De La Garza as a principal anchor” at the station.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

WCVB Promotes JC Monahan, Adds Cindy Fitzgibbon

There are changes coming to the morning newscast at WCVB. The Boston ABC affiliate has promoted JC Monahan (pictured) and hired meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon.

Fitzgibbon joins the station after signing off from rival WFXT last year. She began today as WCVB’s morning meteorologist, replacing Monahan, who has been named co-host of the station’s daily newsmagazine, “Chronicle.”

“JC is an extraordinarily talented journalist and was looking for a new challenge. Cindy is someone we long admired as a competitor and was looking for a return to local television after taking six months off to be with her family,”  WCVB president-GM Bill Fine said in a statement. “The timing was incredibly fortunate for NewsCenter 5 and Chronicle, as this is a true perfect match in every way, for our viewers, JC and Cindy.”

Monahan, who joined WCVB in 2001 and has appeared on the morning newscast since 2004,  will begin as “Chronicle” co-host alongside Anthony Everett in June.

“Co-hosting Chronicle was a dream opportunity I couldn’t pass,” she said. “I’m also excited about a new role in the news department.  My career began in news and it’s nice to be able to bring it full circle.”

A New Meteorologist and a Retirement at Boston’s WCVB

WCVB is adding a meteorologist and losing a veteran reporter to retirement, the Boston ABC affiliate announced Thursday.

Amalia Barreda (left) who has worked for the station for 21 years, will retire at the end of June.

“These 21 years have been a great ride, covering unforgettable stories with thoughtful, hard-working and talented people,” Barreda said in a statement. “This was a huge and hard decision to make, and it is bittersweet to leave so many of you who I consider family to spend more time with family.”

Barreda’s announcement comes on the same day that Danielle Vollmar (right) begins as the station’s weekend morning meteorologist.

“Danielle is a talented and passionate meteorologist, a strong compliment to StormTeam 5,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

Vollmar comes from KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas. She has also worked at KOKH in Oklahoma City, WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WENY in Elmira, N.Y.

WCVB in Dispute with Senate Hopeful over Union Dispute

A Massachusetts Congressman running for a seat in the U.S. Senate is wielding his campaign’s advertising funds to bring an end to what he is saying is a contract dispute between Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 1228.

However, the Boston Herald is reporting WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine has rejected Rep. Stephen Lynch‘s claims the station is in a contract dispute with the union and said Lynch has relied on “erroneous assumptions.”

Friday, Lynch sent a letter to Fine saying he was excited to participate in an upcoming debate at the Boston ABC affiliate, but he will not spend his ad money with the station due to a contract dispute with IBEW. Read more

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