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Today, WBZ revealed those changes: Starting Monday, Lisa Hughes and David Wade will co-anchor the 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts while Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias will co-anchor the 6:00 p.m. on WBZ and the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.
Chief meteorologist Eric Fisher, who will stay on at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. in addition to the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.
“We are very fortunate that the entire WBZ-TV anchor team has great experience, a track record for outstanding journalism, strong local ties, and unmatched commitment to public service,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “These anchor assignments give us even more opportunities for the WBZ-TV news team to create the best content in the market, produce more investigative and enterprise reports, and continue to be the market’s #1 choice for news on the stories that matter most to our community.”
“Kathryn is an outstanding journalist with deep connections to the New England region, and will be a great addition to the ‘BZ News team,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “Danielle’s local roots, expertise as a meteorologist, and warm on-air presentation will be perfect for the morning newscast.”
Lund foreshadowed more changes to come by adding, “These changes will also give us the opportunity to make additional anchor reassignments that will allow us to bolster our enterprise and investigative reporting, content development, and commitment to the local community.”
Niles moves over from the weekend mornings at WBZ. She came the station in 2013 from New England Cable News. Before that she was a forecaster at Weather Services international in Andover, MA.
“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams. “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials.”
The “Jack Williams’ Endowment for Wednesday’s Child” was started by Williams and his wife Marci to help special needs children find permanent homes.
He started working as a TV journalist in 1968 and began anchoring at WBZ in 1975. In 2012, he stopped working on the 11:00 p.m. news, focusing, instead, on the 6:00 p.m. show.
Williams won a Columbia duPont Award in 2014, and Peabody in 2013, as part of team coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. In 2012, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and he’s in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to lead an excellent team of journalists right here at home in Boston,” LaPlante said in a statement. “I could not be more proud than to join WBZ-TV with its long and legendary commitment to the community, and I look forward to working with the talented news staff on advancing the news product and developing the best content in the market.”
LaPlante comes to WBZ from WFXT in Boston where he was assistant news director. He has also worked as news director at WXXA in Albany, NY, assistant news director at WTEN in Albany, and executive producer at WFSB in Hartford, CT. He’s also worked at WHDH in Boston, WPRI and WLNE in Providence, RI.
While residents from Virginia to South Carolina brace for the approach of Hurricane Arthur, further North along the East Coast the storm’s threat is forcing some cities to change Fourth of July plans.
WBZ, the Boston CBS owned station, has announced the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Show has been moved up one day.
A WBZ spokesperson told TVSpy the concert that normally airs on the night of July 4th will now air live on July 3rd from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The show will also stream live on cbsboston.com
State Police warned that inclement weather tomorrow could further alter plans, and that could include cancelling the fireworks until Saturday. Performer schedules and contracts prevented organizers from rescheduling the entire show for Saturday.
Lightning, rain and wind are all concerns, but for different reasons.
“The rain is a factor for the orchestra. If the rain is coming down hard enough that it comes into the hatch shell, it affects your instruments. These instruments are valuable and old,” event organizer Rich McDonald said earlier today. “For the fireworks, we have a sustained wind of 20 mph, which is pretty hard. That’s when we cannot fire by law the fireworks.”
Leamanczyk joined WBZ in 2011 as New Hampshire bureau chief. Most recently, she has worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.
Before WBZ, Leamanczyk worked as a reporter at WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.
A home explosion in New Hampshire was broadcast live on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB Monday. Although the incident was also covered by CBS-owned WBZ, Fox-owned WFXT and NBC affiliate WHDH, only WCVB was showing the aerial pictures live at the moment of the explosion.
A police officer was shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute call at the residence shortly before the explosion.
Seconds before the explosion, WCVB anchor Phil Lipof says: “Very clearly they have not put water on this home for some reason. I don’t know what they think is inside.” Watch:
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.
WBZ, 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.
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