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Sunbeam Ends DirecTV Blackout, Saves Super Bowl

Sunbeam Television, which owns WSVN in Miami and WHDH in Boston, reached a new retrans agreement with DirecTV on Thursday.

The deal ends a weeks-long blackout and guarantees that DirecTV subscribers in Boston will be able to watch the Patriots play in the Super Bowl.

“We are pleased that we reached an agreement with DirecTV, and we appreciate our viewers’ patience during this tough negotiation,” WHDH general manager Chris Wayland said in a statement.

WSVN and WHDH, as well as Boston CW-affiliate WLVI, were pulled off the satellite TV service when the previous carriage agreement between the companies expired on January 13th. Read more

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John Kerry Urges Sunbeam, DirecTV to Prevent Super Bowl Blackout: ‘A Pox Upon Both Their Houses’

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry wrote a strongly worded letter to the presidents of Sunbeam Television and DirecTV this week, urging them to carry the Super Bowl in spite of the current stalemate in their retrans negotiations, which has led to a blackout of Boston NBC-affiliate WHDH.

“To alleviate the anxieties of so many Patriots fans, I strongly urge you both to issue a public statement that your current retransmission consent dispute will not include blacking out the Super Bowl,” Kerry wrote to Edmund Ansin of Sunbeam and Michael D. White of DirecTV.  “I am not taking sides on which of you is correct in your dispute.  But I am siding with the families and small business owners who count on the television programming they pay to receive to be there when they most need it.” Read more

Super Bowl Blackout Possible in New England

As the New England Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl, DirecTV subscribers in Boston are fretting over a potential blackout of the game.

Sunbeam Television, which owns Boston NBC-affiliate WHDH, is currently locked in a retrans battle with DirecTV and has pulled its stations from the popular satellite service until a new agreement is reached.  Now the stakes have been significantly raised for the negotiations with the Super Bowl less than two weeks away.

The stakes are now so high that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown sent a letter to both Sunbeam and DirecTV last week, urging them to come to an agreement before the Super Bowl, according to The Boston Globe. Read more

Video: Truck Crashes in WFXT Live Shot Following Patriots Game

Perhaps the biggest hit televised by WFXT following Sunday’s Patriots win occurred off the football field.  WFXT personality Doug VB Goudie was doing a live shot at Gillette Stadium this morning when a large truck entered the frame and crashed into a pole (video above). Read more

Courtney Fallon Joins WLNE as Sports Anchor

Courtney Fallon, who previously worked as a newsroom writer for Boston’s WHDH, has been named weekend sports anchor and reporter at WLNE.

“Courtney is full of energy and extremely passionate about sports,” WLNE news director Irene Mahoney-Paige said, in announcing the move. “From the sidelines to the anchor desk her enthusiasm is sure to bring southern New England a view of the game they have never seen before.”

In addition to her recent work at WHDH, Fallon has done on-air announcing for WBZ-FM. Read more