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Mike St. Peter Named General Manager of New England Cable News

necn logoMike St. Peter is the new senior vice president and general manager of New England Cable News, NBCUniversal’s 24-hour cable network in Newton, Mass.

It is a move within NBC for St. Peter, who has been the vice president of news at WVIT, the NBC owned station in Hartford, since 2006.

“Mike is a great leader. He has developed a strong news organization in Hartford and has considerably strengthened the competitive position of WVIT in the past 2 years,” Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement.

St. Peter replaces Stacey Bronner, who left NECN two months ago.

Boston Station Interviews Sox Fans with Vague Ideas About History and Birthdays


After the hometown Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series Wednesday night, WHDH reporter Ryan Schulteis interviewed a couple of fans who were either more than a few sheets to wind or time travelers who came to re-live the joy of a Boston World Series victory at home.

At the start of the interview not seen on the YouTube clip above, one of the young men told the Boston NBC affiliate reporter this win wasn’t the same as the last time the Sox won at home in 1918.

So Schultheis turned his attention to the young man standing next to the young old-timer,”Talk about being here for this momentous occasion. This is history!” said Schulteis. “This is history and I’ll tell you what,” said the young man. “I was not alive during 1918, obviously, and this was more than f#cking history!”

Then to keep the fun going, Schulteis returned to the first guy who told the Boston reporter, “I’ve been alive since probably 1988 and this is the best time ever because I’ve been watching the Sox since ’88 and I’ve never seen ‘em win a game six since now.” Yogi Berra anyone?

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Phil Lipof Joins WCVB From WABC

phil lipof wcvb_304x200Phil Lipof is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. The Boston native comes from WABC, the ABC O&O in New York City, where he is the weekend morning anchor.

“We’re always on the lookout for strong anchors and reporters with ties to Boston and Phil fits the bill perfectly,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “We envision him taking on an important role on both the anchor desk and in the field with his experience and connection to this city.”

Before joining WABC in 2006, Lipof was a weekend anchor at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston. He began his journalism career as a WCVB intern.

“I’ve moved from Idaho to Miami to New York City for work, but my heart has always been in Boston,” Lipof said. “To come home now, with my family, to my family, is beyond words.  And to come to WCVB, Boston’s news leader, is a dream come true.”

It is not immediately known which newscasts Lipof will anchor. In a press release, WCVB said he “joins Ed Harding, Heather Unruh, Randy Price and Bianca De La Garza as a principal anchor” at the station.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

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.

Olessa Stepanova Leaving Hartford for Boston’s WCVB

stepanova_wfsbWFSB‘s Olessa Stepanova is headed to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

A station spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, the morning traffic reporter for the Meredith owned Hartford-New Haven CBS affiliate is leaving in January when her contract expires.

Stepanova started her career at News 12 Long Island and has also worked for NY1.

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It’s a Draw: Aereo Wins One Battle Loses Another in WCVB Suit

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A federal judge in Massachusetts has denied Hearst owned Boston ABC affiliate WCVB its motion for a preliminary injunction in its suit against Aereo.

However, the court also denied Aereo’s motion to transfer the case to New York, likely in hopes of getting a more favorable ruling.

“After considering the relevant factors, the Court finds that a preliminary injunction is unwarranted,” ruled Judge Nathaniel Gorton in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. “Hearst has not demonstrated a sufficient likelihood of success on the merits nor the requisite irreparable harm and therefore it is not entitled to that ‘extraordinary and drastic remedy.’” Read more

Longtime WCVB Anchor Liz Brunner Leaving Station

brunner_wcvbWCVB anchor Liz Brunner is leaving the Boston ABC affiliate to start her own communications company.

Brunner announced the news on facebook, “I’m so excited to share some special news with you. I am launching my own company, Brunner Communications, a full-service media training, coaching, and consulting firm. It’s been a phenomenal journey, and now I’m thrilled to embark on my next chapter.”

Brunner came to WCVB in September 1993. She started her career in 1985 at WCIA in Champaign, IL. Before working at WCVB, she worked at WTVT in Tampa, FL.

Her last day on-air will be next Thursday October 17.

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.

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