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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

Hearst, WCVB Celebrate Anniversaries at Joint Party

Hearst threw a party at Boston’s Museum of Fine arts Thursday night to celebrate two milestone events: Hearst turning 125 and WCVB, the company’s ABC affiliate, turning 40.

The event, which was attended by 250 guests, included a private screening of Citizen Hearst at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among the attendees: musician John Legend, Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., WCVB general manager Bill Fine, anchor Susan Wornick, traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk, past general manager Paul LaCamera, reporter Liam Martin (pictured left), anchor Emily Riemer (pictured center) and meteorologist JC Monahan (pictured right).

More pictures after the jump… Read more

Mega Millions Jackpot Is Worth $640 Million, But What’s the Value to Stations Airing the Drawing?

While the record Mega Millions jackpot (now up to $640 million) makes for a compelling news story for local stations, what is the value of airing the actual drawing?

For decades, lottery drawings have been a fixture on local stations but interest in live TV drawings has waned in recent years as people increasingly go online to check the winning numbers or scan their tickets at the local convenience store.

“There was a time way back when you could look at the ratings and see a bump,” WCVB general manger Bill Fine told TVSpy this week, talking about the significance of a station airing lottery drawings. “It’s just not that way anymore.” Read more

Boston’s WCVB Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Today marks 40 years on the air for WCVB, the ABC-affiliate in Boston.

WCVB staffers celebrated at an anniversary breakfast this morning. The station is also giving away presents on the WCVB Facebook page, asking viewers to correctly answer all the questions on a history quiz for a chance to win a retro tee-shirt.

The station has also uploaded several archival photos and videos of WCVB through the years to its website (an image from the station’s first broadcast on March 19, 1972 is pictured here.)

ABC weather anchor Sam Champion mentioned the milestone on “Good Morning America” this morning. “Happy 40th Birthday, WCVB,” he said. “You don’t look a day over 20.” Read more

Crime Journalist Michele McPhee Joins WCVB

Well-known Boston crime journalist Michele McPhee is joining WCVB as a general assignment reporter, the Hearst-owned station announced this week. Her first day is set for September 6th.

“McPhee is an aggressive and well-connected journalist with some of the best sources in Boston and the proven ability to break stories,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said. “We have been interested in McPhee’s work for sometime. Her track record speaks for itself.”

McPhee’s career includes stints with the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and WRKO. She’s also an established crime author, having published such books as “A Date With Death,” which was recently adapted into a Lifetime movie, about the infamous “Craigslist killer.”

McPhee has recently appeared on Boston TV as a contributor for Fox O&O WFXT. Read more

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