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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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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 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.

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.