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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

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.

WBZ to Air Video Produced by The Boston Globe

Content sharing agreements between TV stations and newspapers usually ask each partner to contribute what they’re known for, TV stations shoot video and newspapers write more investigative stories.  But the content sharing agreement between WBZ and The Boston Globe stands that model on its head.  The Boston Globe will also produce video for the CBS owned station.

The collaboration between the Globe and WBZ-TV will incorporate the Globe’s Emmy Award-winning videos with WBZ-TV’s legacy of award-winning reporting and photo journalism, additional interviews and analysis by Globe reporters on the scene and in the newsroom, and early access to Globe polls. WBZ-TV will also preview breaking news and other exclusive stories that will appear in the next day’s Globe, including projects by the Globe’s Spotlight investigative team.

Mark Lund, WBZ president and general manager said in a statement, “This collaboration will further allow The Boston Globe and WBZ-TV News to deliver the most comprehensive news and information across platforms to better serve consumers when, where, and how they want content.” Read more

East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On

Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.

In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.” Read more

Mark Lund to Lead Boston’s WBZ-WSBK

Mark Lund has been named president and general manager of Boston’s CBS O&O, WBZ-WSBK.  Lund will succeed Ed Piette who is retiring after 43 years in local TV, six of those leading WBZ-WSBK.

In a statement posted to Broadcasting & Cable, Lund said, “I am honored to have this terrific opportunity to rejoin CBS and come back to the stations where I got my start and an area that my wife Amy, a Boston College grad, and I have long considered our home.”

Lund, who is the son of former CBS president Peter Lund, comes from NBC Owned Television Stations where he was executive vice president of sales.  He got his start in television working as an intern for WBZ in the early eighties.

Piette, whose last day is one week from Friday told B&C,

“The only hard part about my decision is saying goodbye to the incredibly talented and dedicated team we have in Boston. They have been terrific and I will be forever grateful for their support and friendship.”

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Anchors from CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Anchors from CBS O&Os across the country will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Anchors from stations in New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles will join the show’s co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler for one day each. This is the third time a round of guest-hosts have been selected from the CBS O&Os.

Kristine Johnson from WCBS will host Monday, Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro from WCCO will host Tuesday, Susan Barnett from KYW will host Wednesday, Lisa Hughes from WBZ will host Thursday and Pat Harvey from KCBS will host Friday.

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