NewsCenter5 has been lambasted by Maine State Police for what they call an “unattributed, irresponsible, and inaccurate” report about missing Maine toddler Ayla Renolds.
The story in question, reported by ex-WTKKer Michelle McPhee, alleged that “several law enforcement sources” had told that Reynolds’ father had fled a police interview when confronted by a photo of the blood stains found in the home, as well as an assertion that the blood had been “cleaned up.”
The full story can be found in today’s edition of the Herald.
NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Connecticut has invested in a new investigative team. Among the additions are reporters Chris Coffey and Sabina Kuriakose.
According to TVSpy, the ten-person unit will be helmed by former WVIT managing editor Sharon Butterworth, with support from current NBC Connecticut reporters Monica Buchanan and Jeff Stoecker.
Coffey joins channel 30 from KEYE in Austin, and Kuriakose comes to WVIT from YNN in New York.
In a statement, NBC heralded the creation of the unit as one that will be “focused on tracking down answers to issues and concerns for viewers of the state.” NBC has been investing heavily in their owned-and-operated stations since their acquisition by Comcast. Previously, NBC O&Os were among the first to make cuts and frequently let stations languish.
Matt Stairs, the now retired pinch hitter most recently with the Washington Nationals, has joined NESN as an in-studio analyst for Red Sox coverage. He joins Tom Caron, Peter Gammons, Dennis Eckersley, and Jim Rice.
Sean McGrail, president of the regional sports net, remarked on the addition of Stairs, saying, “Matt brings incredible passion for the game of baseball and a great sense of humor.” In addition, he also remarked, “He adds a unique perspective since he has played with or against most of the current major league players, including one year with Adrian Gonzalez in San Diego.”
Since the majority of stories that made news this week regarding Boston television were about either Fox25 or 7News, btvn decided to post a video from 1997 for this week’s Weekend Video. Fox News Boston had a lot of familiar faces on the payroll, most of whom eventually left the station for others in the market. Sports guy Bob Halloran is now at WCVB, while Pete Bouchard left Dedham for 7News a few years after this ad was aired.
Fox25 has named Sarah Wroblewski to the position of weekend meteorologist. According to TVSpy, the former weekender at WBZ was promoted this morning, officially replacing A.J. Burnett.
In a statement, News Director Paul McGonagle remarked that Wroblewski is, “a strong addition to our weather team.”
Sarah Wroblewski will begin presenting the weather on Fox25 News on the 28th at 10p.m.
Prior to joining Fox25 last year as a fill-in met and environmental reporter, Wroblewski worked at WBZ from 2005 until 2010, first as a weather producer, graduating to weekend morning met for the final part of her tenure. She joined the CBS O&O from WSI, where she produced weather graphics and reported on several weather networks.
NESN has reportedly hired Heidi Watney’s replacement. According to multiple sources, former ESPN reporter Jenny Dell has agreed to join the regional sports net as a reporter.
Dell, a UMass graduate, has held multiple roles at ESPN, both on-air and off. Most recently, she has been in Aspen covering the Winter X Games. Her AccuScore reports on ESPN.com were also a very popular attraction.
As you may remember, Watney left the network in November to take a position with Time Warner Cable in California, holding a similar role reporting for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The blackout has officially ended. As of around 6p.m. on Thursday night, over 200,000 DirecTV subscribers can now tune into 7NBC and CW56. This ends a twelve day block on programming from the two stations, ending legions of controversy revolving NBC’s broadcast rights of Super Bowl XLVI.
“We are pleased that we reached an agreement with DirecTV, and we appreciate our viewers’ patience during this tough negotiation,” General Manager Chris Wayland said in a statement, “We are especially delighted that all our viewers will now be able to see NBC’s telecast of the Super Bowl as well as our own extensive coverage from Indianapolis.”
DirecTV was also quick to issue a statement, remarking, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement to end the Sunbeam blackout, and regret that any of our customers were forced into the middle of a business dispute where they should never have been in the first place. We believe, like many, the public interest is best served by allowing customers to keep their local broadcast stations as we negotiate future agreements, rather than being denied access by broadcast stations and used as leverage in what should be a private business matter.”
The California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently conducted a very insightful question and answer session with former 56/Fox25er Frank Mallicoat. Among the discussed topics are his climb up the ladder from New Hampshire to Boston, as well as a nice look at the transition from his tenure on The Ten O’Clock News to Fox25.
In the interview, a comparison of both Boston and San Francisco markets is conducted, and the answer is very compelling. The Q&A, seen on EmmySF.tv, can be found here.
As you may know, Frank Mallicoat left Fox25 in January 2011 to accept the position as morning anchor for WBZ sister station KPIX in San Francisco.
As the DirecTV blackout becomes more and more dire with the Super Bowl approaching, prominent Massachusetts politicians have taken to writing letters to heads of both companies, urging a resolution. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), Senator John Kerry (D-MA), and ten other politicians have issued statements to the companies about the possible lack of service during a game in which a Massachusetts team are appearing in.
Since January 13th, both WHDH and WLVI have been off the air for DirecTV subscribers due to a failure to reach a retransmission agreement. Sunbeam Television, owners of the duopoly, are asking for a 300 percent increase in fees paid, which they claim is market value for a strongly rated NBC affiliate in the 7th largest television market.
Hit the jump for letters from both Massachusetts Senators.
btvn sources have been telling us that 7 Sports anchor and reporter Larry Ridley has reportedly severed his relationship with WHDH. According to sources inside the station, the popular sports guy left the station after nearly six years. It’s a story you’ll see on just one station website.
After joining the station in 2006, Ridley became anchor of the weekend edition of 7 Sports and BMWHonda Acura SportsXtra. Prior to his time at 7 Bulfinch Place, however, Ridley was a sports reporter at sister-station WSVN. Throughout his tenure in Boston, Ridley became a popular figure due to his personable nature and quick wit.
Shortly after his quiet departure from the station, Ridley changed his Twitter handle and launched a new sports blog.