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Boston’s WFXT Launches 5 p.m. Newscast

WFXT, the Fox owned station in Boston, is launching a 5 p.m. newscast next month. The hourlong broadcast will debut on October 7.

The newscast will be anchored by WFXT’s current evening anchor team, Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom (pictured) with chief meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz. The newscast will bring the total hours of news produced on WFXT to 52 hours a week, the most of any station in Boston.

“Dr. Oz,” which currently airs in the 5 p.m. hour, will move to 3 p.m., replacing “Anderson Live,” which was not renewed for a third season.

Whitey Bulger Expert on WFXT Shows Up Half Dressed for Interview

Howie Carr, a Boston radio talk show host, looked like he was only expecting to be shot in close up for his guest slot as a Whitey Bulger expert during Boston FOX owned station WFXT‘s verdict coverage.

Anchor Maria Stephanos told viewers Carr “knows Whitey Bulger, probably just as well as Whitey knows himself.” But as the camera zoomed out to reveal her guest, viewers were treated to Carr wearing a button down shirt, a tie, with shorts and Birkenstocks.

“You knew we would probably have a verdict today and you still couldn’t dress the part for television Howie.” To which Carr replied, “The glass is half full.” Leaving Stephanos to counter, “The glass is half full but the outfit is half empty.”

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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.

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.

Reid Lamberty Out at Boston’s WHDH

Evening co-anchor Reid Lamberty is out at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, NewsBlues reports.

Lamberty joined WHDH from WSVN in Miami (both stations are owned by Sunbeam Television) in 2011. He has also worked as an anchor at WNYW and WCBS in New York and WFXT in Boston.

Lamberty’s bio has been stripped from the WHDH website. Adam Williams has been anchoring the evening newscasts alongside Amanda Grace since June 6.

WHDH general manager Chris Wayland and news director Linda Miele did not respond to TVSpy’s requests for comment.

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.

Doug Meehan Joining KPNX Morning Newscast

Doug Meehan is joining the morning newscast at KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix.

Meehan, who was a traffic reporter for WFXT in Boston until 2010, announced the news on Twitter:

BTVN reports that Meehan will co-anchor the station’s morning newscast beginning January 14. Since leaving WFXT, Meehan has been a radio host in Massachusetts.

FOX Television Stations Commit to ‘TMZ Live’

FOX Television Stations has announced “TMZ Live,” a one hour show that takes viewers inside the TMZ newsroom, will now air on all of its FOX stations.

FOX has been slowly adding the show to its station group since March 2012.  After a test run in the Los Angeles market on KTTV, it soon expanded into Phoenix (KSAZ), Boston (WFXT) Chicago (WFLD), Dallas (KDFW), Detroit (WJBK) and Minneapolis (KMSP). Beginning next Fall, FOX will air the show on its remaining stations including New York (WNYW), Philadelphia (WTXF), Washington, D.C (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Houston (KRIV), Tampa (WTVT) and Orlando (WOFL).

“The distribution roll-out of “TMZ Live” is as unconventional and unique as the show itself,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This slow approach has translated into a strong and loyal daily audience, time period increases and younger demos.  It’s also created a demand in the markets where the series does not yet air.” Read more

Melissa Mahan Joins WFXT as Weekend Anchor

WFXT has announced Melissa Mahan will join Heather Hegedus as weekend anchor for the Boston Fox O&O.

“Bringing experience as both an Anchor and a Reporter, Melissa is a tremendous addition to FOX25 News,” said WFXT vice president and news director Paul McGonagle. “It’s a pleasure to welcome her back to the area to cover news important to New England viewers.”

Mahan, who last worked at KOAT, was an anchor and reporter for WLNE in Providence, RI, before anchoring for the Albuquerque ABC affiliate.

“I am honored to join the outstanding team at FOX25,” said Mahan, who will also report for WFXT.  “I’ve missed the Northeast since leaving Providence a few years ago and can’t wait to get back to the wonderful people, culture and sports teams. I look forward to making Boston my home.”

Mahan previously worked at KJCT in Grand Junction, CO, KTVE in Monroe, LA and Fox Sports Net Bay Area.

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