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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.

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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.

Former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

For most of the day, Boston stations have been in continuing coverage of the of arrest of NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with murder of a 27-year-old semipro football player was found close to Hernandez’s home. The New England Patriots tight end was dropped by the team shortly after he was arrested at his home around 8:45 a.m.

On WCVB, Bianca de la Garza and Susan Wornick anchored coverage. The ABC affiliate had investigative reporter Kathy Curran reporting from the newsroom, Pam Cross reporting from the Attleborough courthouse and John Atwater at the North Attleborough police station.

On WHDH, Kayna Whitworth and Tim Caputo anchored coverage. Sportscaster Rhett Lewis reported for the NBC affiliate from Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots. Byron Barnett reported from the courthouse, with Alexandra Field at the police station and Victoria Warren at Hernandez’s house.

CBS O&O WBZ had Kate Merrill and David Wade anchoring in the morning and Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias anchoring in the afternoon. Bill Shields reported from the courthouse and Michelle Roberts reported from Gillette Stadium.

Shannon Mulaire and Gene Lavanchy anchored on Fox O&O WFXT in the morning, and Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom took over in the afternoon. Crystal Haynes reported from the North Attlebourough police station and Sharman Sacchetti was live from the courthouse.

Boston Stations Live Overnight as Police Search For Marathon Blast Suspect

It was a night of fast-moving developments in Boston, where stations were live overnight with coverage of the manhunt for the second suspect in the marathon bombings.

Some notes from the coverage: WCVB‘s special report, anchored by Heather Unruh and Ed Harding, was simulcast on CNN before Jake Tapper took over the network’s coverage around 1:30amET. WFXT‘s coverage, anchored by Mark Ockerbloom had several reporters spread throughout the city, including Mike Beaudet and Erica Richie. And WBZ got the first interview with the uncle of the suspects, who told the CBS O&O that they “do not deserve to live on this earth.” Watch it here.

Poynter’s Al Tompkins says the overnight coverage is an important reminder of “valuable it is to have experienced journalists on the air who know the city like the backs of their hands”:

I watched a WBZ anchor David Wade, for example, describe street-by-street where police were heading. Say what you want about TV anchors, but here is a guy with years on the street as a reporter and a Massachusetts native.

Boston media are like that. Days like this remind us of why we need journalists who have lived in the market they work in for a long time and who know how to report a story that doesn’t rest.

Melissa Mack Says Goodbye to WBZ

Melissa Mack, morning meteorologist for WBZ (in blue dress pictured right) has announced she’s leaving the Boston CBS owned station.

“One thing that’s really good about this, my next move,” Mack told viewers while standing with David Wade, Kerry Connolly and traffic reporter Michelle Roberts at the end of this morning’s 6:00 news. “I don’t have to get up at 1:45 in the morning. So I have to be honest with you I threw my alarm clock away this morning.”

WBZ told TVSpy there’s no word where Mack is headed. This morning, Connolly said Mack was “leaving for another opportunity.” Mack did not elaborate. Read more

Paula Ebben Moved to Evenings as Part of WBZ Anchor Shuffle

Longtime WBZ morning anchor Paula Ebben (pictured center) will move from mornings to the 5 p.m. news for the Boston CBS owned station, beginning Monday.

Ebben, who had anchored the morning show for eight years, said her goodbyes to viewers on air this morning. You can watch the video of her farewell after the jump. Ebben will join co-anchor Jonathan Elias at 5 p.m. and also report for the station.

WBZ made some more anchor changes on the eve of the February book. Kerry Connolly (pictured right) will move from weekend mornings to anchor the weekday 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show with David Wade. Kate Merrill (pictured left), who currently anchors the 10 p.m. news for sister station WSBK (MyTV), will replaced Kerry on weekend mornings. Read more

Viewers Wake Up to a Morning Without WBZ’s 5 AM News

Boston’s WBZ was knocked off the air during its 5 a.m. broadcast this morning forcing the CBS owned station to go with the network’s morning news feed.

The local station was back at 6 a.m. with anchors David Wade and Paula Ebben explaining the blackout.  “We had a small little technical glitch which got us off late this morning,” Wade told viewers. “It was like the Y2K bug only 13 years and 18 days late.” The Y2K bug Wade referenced was the reset of computer clocks in the year 2000 that many thought would cause mayhem worldwide.

A WBZ station spokeperson told TVSpy, “The station had technical difficulties very early this morning in one of the control rooms.  We aired network news until the issue was resolved and then we aired WBZ-TV Moring News.  Everything is fine, now.”

WBZ along with WCVB (ABC), WSBK (MyTV) and WGBX (PBS) were taken off the air for a few days in April when faulty equipment at a Needham, MA, tower site malfunctioned. That problem has since been fixed.