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Eight Stations Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category.

For Spot News, Boston CBS O&O WBZ was nominated for its coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn; NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago was nominated for coverage of the Chicago NATO protests; and NBC-owned WNBC in New York City was nominated for coverage of the shooting near the Empire State Building.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Seattle NBC affiliate KING was nominated for “Their Crime, Your Dime;” Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV was nominated for “Sheriff’s School of Abuse;” New York ABC O&O WABC was nominated for “Mace in Your Face?”; Washington, DC Fox O&O WTTG was nominated for “UDC;” and Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ was nominated for “Corruption in the County.”

The full list of nominees is after the jump. Read more

Eric Fisher Named Chief Meteorologist at WBZ

Eric Fisher is joining WBZ in Boston as chief meteorologist. He will officially join the CBS O&O August 19.

Fisher returns to Boston from Atlanta, where he has been a meteorologist at The Weather Channel since 2010. He has also worked as a meteorologist for WFXT in Boston and WGGB in Springfield, Mass.

“Eric is a native New Englander who’s very familiar with our area’s dynamic weather, and he has a track record for spot-on forecasting,” WBZ news director John Verrilli said in a statement. “He also has a great deal of experience reporting live, in extreme weather, and his skills will serve the community well when he reports on breaking weather from the WBZ Mobile AccuWeather Lab.”

Fisher will handle the weather forecasts on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WBZ and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WSBK. Todd Gutner, who is currently the evening meteorologist, will shift to mornings, replacing Melissa Mack, who left WBZ earlier this year. Barry Burbank, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Mack’s departure, will be the weekend morning meteorologist and Joe Joyce will be the weekend evening meteorologist.

68% of Boston Households Watch Local Coverage of Bombing Suspect’s Capture

Ratings for Boston stations were through the roof Friday night as all stations had wall-to-wall coverage of the manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect in Watertown. During the 8pm hour, when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody, 68% of Boston households were watching the four local network affiliates as well as local cable outlet NECN. Hearst-owned WCVB drew the most viewership.

From 7-9p.m., the Boston stations drew a combined 1.764 million viewers in a city that has 2.36 million TV households.

An additional 11% of Boston households were tuned in to coverage on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC from 7-9pm. TVNewser has the breakdown of the cable news ratings in Boston by network.

Here’s the ratings breakdown by station:

7:00-9:00 pm:

  • WCVB (ABC): 10.4 rating / 23 share with 609,000 total viewers (10.5 / 22 with 259,000 A25-54)
  • WBZ (CBS): 7.3 / 16 with 427,000 total viewers (7.1 / 15 with 175,000 A25-54)
  • WHDH (NBC): 6.7 / 15 with 392,000 total viewers (9.1 / 19 with 226,000 A25-54)
  • WFXT (Fox): 5.0 / 11 with 292,000 total viewers (6.9 / 15 with 171,000 A25-54)
  • NECN: 0.8 / 2 with 44,000 total viewers (0.7 / 2 with 18,000 A25-54)

8:00-9:00 pm:

  • WCVB: 11.0 / 23 with 645,000 total viewers (11.7 / 23 with 289,000 A25-54)
  • WBZ: 7.6 / 16 with 447,000 total viewers (7.6 / 15 with 187,000 A25-54)
  • WHDH: 7.1 / 15 with 417,000 total viewers (9.8 / 19 with 243,000 A25-54)
  • WFXT: 5.9 / 12 with 345,000 total viewers (8.4 / 16 with 207,00o A25-54)
  • NECN: 0.8 / 2 with 46,000 total viewers (0.7 / 1 with 17,000 A25-54)

 >More: For reference, an alert TVSpy commenter points out that 2012 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants was watched by 56.7% of Boston households.

Boston Stations Deliver Special Coverage of Service For Bombing Victims

Boston stations provided special coverage of an interfaith prayer service honoring the victims of the marathon bombings at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday morning.

All four provided rolling coverage throughout the morning, beginning with the morning newscasts and extending into the 10 a.m. hour. President Obama landed at Logan Airport around 10:15 a.m., about 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the service.

Jonathan Elias and Lisa Hughes anchored on CBS O&O WBZ. Gene Lavanchy and Sorboni Banerjee anchored on WFXT, while Kayna Whitworth and Christa Delcamp anchored on WHDH. Heather Unruh and Ed Harding anchored on ABC affiliate WCVB. All four stations had correspondents spread throughout the city to provide additional reporting from the ground.

Wife of WBZ Reporter Records Video of Chaos in Grandstands After Explosion

Stories are beginning to emerge from witnesses to the Boston Marathon explosions about the chaos and panic that happened after.

WBZ posted video taken by the wife of reporter Paul Burton who was sitting in the grandstands directly across from the initial explosion.

According to the CBS owned station, Burton’s wife was watching runners cross the finish line while he was running the marathon. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Melissa Mack to Join WJW

Melissa Mack, who signed off from WBZ in Boston last week, is joining WJW in Cleveland, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Mack will be the meteorologist for WJW’s 4 p.m. newscast, which will debut on the Fox affiliate this fall. It is a return to the station for Mack, who worked at WJW from 2006-09 before joining WBZ.

Mack has also worked at WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio and WTAP in Parkersburg, W.V.

Melissa Mack Says Goodbye to WBZ

Melissa Mack, morning meteorologist for WBZ (in blue dress pictured right) has announced she’s leaving the Boston CBS owned station.

“One thing that’s really good about this, my next move,” Mack told viewers while standing with David Wade, Kerry Connolly and traffic reporter Michelle Roberts at the end of this morning’s 6:00 news. “I don’t have to get up at 1:45 in the morning. So I have to be honest with you I threw my alarm clock away this morning.”

WBZ told TVSpy there’s no word where Mack is headed. This morning, Connolly said Mack was “leaving for another opportunity.” Mack did not elaborate. Read more

Boston Stations Remember Blizzard of ’78

Wednesday marked the thirty five year anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78 when New England was hit hard by foul winter weather killing 100 people and injuring thousands.

This week, Boston TV stations have been taking a looking back at the snowstorm by which they say all snowstorms are measured while they keep an eye on another blizzard expected to hit the area Friday.

WHDH, the Boston NBC affiliate, FOX owned WFXT and CBS owned WBZ all focused on the differences between then and now, making the point that technology has advanced far enough to help residents avoid the problems presented in 1978. You can watch the report from WHDH after the jump.

In his report, WFXT’s Kevin Lemanowicz said New Englanders blew off warnings about the blizzard because a snowstorm earlier in the month had been poorly forecast. Lemanowicz points out the computer models of today are a far cry from the paper maps of 1978. Weather forecasters thought the snow would begin falling at dawn on February 5, 1978, instead it came mid-morning. “And when we turn back the clock thirty five years and look how they predicted it,” Lemanowicz pointed out. “It’s amazing the forecast was even this close.” Read more

WHDH Satellite Truck Crashes on Turnpike

 

A satellite truck belonging to Boston NBC affiliate WHDH crashed on the Massachusetts Turnpike Saturday, shutting down an off ramp for hours.

Photos show the portion of the truck with the dish attached sheared off and fell onto the roadway.  No cause was given by the station. Repeated calls to WHDH turned up little more than a “we’re unavailable to talk about that,” from a WHDH spokesperson who told TVSpy the station had breaking news to cover and then hung up the phone.

According to the Boston CBS owned station, WBZ, no injuries were reported. After the jump you can see two more photos of the accident. Read more

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

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