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Karen Anderson Joins WCVB From WBZ

karen andersonKaren Anderson is joining WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston. Anderson joins the station after 10 years at rival WBZ, the CBS-owned station in Boston.

“Karen is an accomplished journalist with a reputation for enterprising and breaking exclusive stories,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “She is a top notch investigative and political reporter with a proven track record. We are excited to have a reporter of her caliber join our talented team here at WCVB.”

In her new role, Anderson will work with WCVB’s investigative unit as well as covering politics and breaking news stories.

“WCVB’s reputation as Boston’s news leader as well as its commitment to outstanding journalism is what brought me to Channel 5.  I am honored to join the WCVB team and am looking forward to continuing to serve the Boston community,” Anderson said.

Boston Herald: Ratings to Blame For WBZ News Director’s Ouster

wbz logo copyThe Boston Herald is reporting ratings were to blame for the news director change at WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston. John Verrilli had worked at the station’s news director since 2009 before departing yesterday:

When we asked one station insider why Verrilli was gone, the answer was simple: “Bad ratings.”

WBZ general manager Mark Lund met with staffers yesterday to break the news. Verrilli, who had been at ’BZ since 2009, will be replaced temporarily by assistant news director Sarah Burke until a permanent successor is named.

“We know ratings have been a challenge,” said one station snitch. “We have to get better.”

John Verrilli Out as News Director at WBZ

wbz logo copyWBZ news director John Verrilli is no longer with the CBS owned Boston station, a WBZ spokesperson has confirmed with TVSpy.

Verrilli started at the station in 2009. He came from the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, KDKA. He has also worked as managing editor at WCBS in New York.

WBZ wouldn’t say why he left.

[Rick Gevers]

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Dr. Mallika Marshall Returns to WBZ as Medical Reporter

Mallika-Marshall-MD-articleWBZ announced Dr. Mallika Marshall will return as medical reporter next Monday, March, 24.

“Boston and the New England region are at the center of unprecedented advances in medical technology that are changing people’s lives, and to have a medical reporter of Mallika’s experience, both in the field of medicine and in front of the camera, will be a huge asset for our viewers,” Mark Lund WBZ president and GM said in a statement.

Marshall serves on the staff at Harvard Medical School and practices at the Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Urgent Care Clinic and MGH Revere Health Center.

She started as “HealthWatch” anchor at WBZ in 2000. After leaving the Boston CBS owned station, Marshall was the medical contributor on Katie Couric ‘s daytime show “Katie.” She was also the medical contributor for New England Cable News and had her own syndicated health reports that aired in more than 70 markets.

She is the daughter of former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson.

Helicopter in KOMO Crash Was Formerly Used by WBZ, WFXT

komo crashThe helicopter involved in the KOMO crash was previously used by  two Boston stations, CBS owned WBZ and Fox owned WFXT, WBZ reports.

According to NBC News, the chopper, a Eurocopter AS350, was on loan from Helicopter Inc. of Cahokia, Ill., while KOMO’s regular one had new equipment installed. Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer, were killed in the accident.

WBZ reports the chopper was used in Boston for 10 years and flown to Detroit last November.

KOMO shares a helicopter with KING, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” KING president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

[h/t WBZ managing editor Pete Wilson]

Former Boston Police Commissioner Joins WBZ as Security Analyst

ed davisFormer Boston police commissioner Ed Davis is joining WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, as a security analyst. Davis has worked in law enforcement for more than three decades.

“His outstanding legal experience and leadership have been evidenced on many occasions but none more public or acclaimed than his handling of the Boston Marathon Bombings investigation, manhunt, and arrest,” WBZ general manager Mark Lund said in a statement. “There is no one who can contribute expert analysis to security and law enforcement coverage the way that Ed Davis will to WBZ-TV News.”

Davis, who is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, served as Boston police commissioner from 2006 to 2013.

Five Local Stations Win duPont Awards

the dupont columbia awardStations in Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans have won 2014 Alfred I. duPont awards from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

In the breaking news category, the winners were WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, and KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. WBZ won for its “exceptional” coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and KSHB was honored for breaking news coverage “of a preventable tragedgy,” a natural gas explosion at a downtown restaurant.

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE were honored for their investigative reporting. KMGH won for “Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied,” a yearlong investigation on systemic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado. WFAA won for “Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas” and WVUE won for “Body of Evidence,” a series of reports that revealed misuse of public funds, corruption and fraud.

WBZ Adds Weekend Morning Meteorologist

niles_wbz_croppedWBZ has named Danielle Niles weekend morning meteorologist.

“Danielle is a great fit for the WBZ AccuWeather team,” John Verrilli news director for the Boston CBS owned station. “She grew up, played sports, and worked in New England all her life; so she knows the kind of weather our region can deliver and has proven to be an excellent meteorologist.”

Niles comes to WBZ from New England Cable News wheres she was the weekday morning meteorologist. Her first day on-air will be next Saturday, November 9.

Boston Stations Break In for Whitey Bulger Trial Verdict Coverage

 

 

 

 

The fifth day of jury deliberations in the racketeering and conspiracy trial of Boston gangster James Whitey Bulger brought a guilty verdict on 33 counts which included 11 murders. Bulger was one of America’s most wanted fugitives after disappearing in 1995 until being caught in California in 2011.

Boston station’s responded quickly to the news a verdict had been reached.

FOX owned WFXT interrupted the “Ricki Lake” show at 1:33 p.m. with the news from a tweet sent by the Massachusetts US attorney’s office that said, “There is a verdict in the James Bulger case.”

ABC affiliate WCVB broke into afternoon food show “The Chew” at 1:34 p.m. with Susan Wornick.  “Good afternoon,” said Wornick. “Susan Wornick in Newscenter 5 with the news we have been waiting for now for five days, actually for more than a month. There is a verdict in the trial of James Whitey Bulger.”

Boston NBC affiliate WHDH broke into soap opera “Days of Our Lives” at 1:35 with b-roll of Bulger being escorted to the courthouse by helicopter which was voiced over by Kayna Whitworth. Whitworth then tossed to Ryan Schulteis live at the courthouse.

WBZ, Boston’s CBS owned station, broke in at 1:38 p.m. with anchors Jack Williams and Lisa Hughes who tossed to Sera Congi live at the courthouse.

 NECN cut into regular news reports anchored by Steve Aveson and Mike Nikitas at 1:38 with John Moroney outside the courtroom and Alysha Palumbo inside the courtroom.

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