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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.”

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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.

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.

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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