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Boston’s WFXT Launches 5 p.m. Newscast

WFXT, the Fox owned station in Boston, is launching a 5 p.m. newscast next month. The hourlong broadcast will debut on October 7.

The newscast will be anchored by WFXT’s current evening anchor team, Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom (pictured) with chief meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz. The newscast will bring the total hours of news produced on WFXT to 52 hours a week, the most of any station in Boston.

“Dr. Oz,” which currently airs in the 5 p.m. hour, will move to 3 p.m., replacing “Anderson Live,” which was not renewed for a third season.

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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.

Boston Fox-Affiliate WFXT Expanding Newscast to Compete with Network News

Boston’s WFXT announced this week that it will expand its 6:00 p.m. newscast to one hour, putting the Fox-affiliate in direct competition with the network newscasts of its local rivals.

“While other local stations switch over to national news, FOX25 News will be the only news station on with local news from 6:30–7 p.m.,” the station said, in making the announcement.

The move also means that WFXT will offer the most local news of any station in the Boston market with 42.5 hours per week.

The extra half hour will feature the same team as the existing 6:00 p.m. newscast: anchors Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom (above, right) with chief meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz. Read more