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WCVB Reports ‘Imminent’ Arrest of Boston Bombing Suspect

Boston ABC affiliate WCVB was the first to report an “imminent” arrest in the Boston bombings case Tuesday afternoon.

WCVB investigative reporter Janet Wu reported the break in the case at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. WCVB’s tweet beat the Associated Press, which was the next source to report an imminent arrest, by 12 minutes.

After the initial reports of an imminent arrest, there were some quick reports — including on CNN and Fox News — that a suspect had been arrested and was being transported to the federal courthouse in downtown Boston. According to the Boston Police, an arrest has not yet been made.

WCVB had been sourcing CNN to report the arrest had been made. Once CNN walked back their reporting, WCVB clarified on the air that there were conflicting accounts of the case’s progress. The station maintains an arrest is imminent.

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Boston Stations Cover Explosions at Marathon Finish Line

Boston TV stations broke in to regular programming to report on the two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions were reported shortly before 3:00 p.m.

WBZ, the Boston CBS owned station, first reported the news at 2:57:29. The station cut in to “The Talk” with anchors Paula Ebben and Bobby Sisk in the studio. They quickly went to a shot from their helicopter on its way to the finish line before going to a live phoner with Lisa Hughes who was on the scene.

WHDH, the Boston NBC affiliate, broke in at 2:59:42.  With an anchor in studio talking under a wide shot of the city skyline, WHDH tossed to a live phoner with Janet Wu. Wu reported the explosions happened inside a building in between Exeter and Dartmouth less than hundred feet from the finish line.

WCVB, the Boston ABC affiliate, cut in to “Katie” at at 3:00:38 with anchor Liz Brunner in the studio.  Brunner then tossed to Sean Kelly who was live by phone.

WFXT, the FOX affiliate, was next to break in, interrupting “Anderson Live” at 3:03:04.  The station began with a helicopter shot of the scene at the finish line.  They quickly went to a live phoner with WFXT news photographer Matt Tomlin. Tomlin said he was on the photo bridge at the finish line when the explosions happened.

An influx of people trying to access Boston’s TV and newspaper websites have caused the sites to either go offline or slow considerably.

Romney’s Nomination Spurs Boston Stations to Cover RNC Up Close

With former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney accepting the Republican Presidential nomination tonight, Boston TV stations have stepped up their coverage

Many big market anchors and reporters are covering the RNC, but Romney’s ties to Massachusetts makes it especially relevant to Boston TV. Reports the Boston Herald:

“Locally, it’s a big story. Obviously, Mitt Romney, being a former governor, is a big story at the RNC for us,” said Channel 4 news director John Verrilli. And Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Verrilli added, are slated to have big roles at the DNC. “I looked at it from the perspective of it being an important national and local story – and thought that it was definitely important to go,” Verrilli said.

Last presidential election cycle WBZ was absent from the conventions, this time political analyst Jon Keller has been doing live reports for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts as well as taped pieces for the morning and noon shows.

The rest of the stations have followed suit with ABC affiliate WCVB‘s Janet Wu, Alison King from regional network NECN, Dan Hausle reporting for NBC affiliate WHDH and Sharman Sacchetti from FOX affiliate WFXT either reporting live or sending back taped pieces for the days newscasts.