The Herald gets ahold of some glorious memos from a WCVB news exec ordering reporters doing outdoor liveshots to always be walking while they're talking - even if that means walking from "nowhere to nowhere."
The now former Fox bloviator got his start at the Boston Phoenix (yep), where, in 1974, he covered a talk by the director of The Devil in Miss Jones.
A copy of the memo to Globe staffers about the move to 53 State Street floats over Dan Kennedy's transom; staffers will start moving out of Dorchester in June. Shocker: They'll no longer be allowed to have their own min-fridges. Bonus: They will have access to a 12th-floor roof deck.
WGBH won $218.7 million and WHDH $162.1 million, in a federal auction in which they agreed to move or shut down their on-air frequencies so that wireless providers can get more bandwidth.
WGBH's money comes from its decision to move both WGBH and WGBY in Springfield to different frequencies. WHDH owner Ed Ansin will take his money for just shutting down Channel 56's current frequency - although WLVI will live on in a "channel share" arrangement with WHDH. Read more.
Current reports WBUR will use a $300,000, three-year grant from the Barr Foundation to hire three investigative reporters and that it hopes to team up with other investigative units, including the Globe Spotlight Team, Pro Publica and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
PhotogBoston was loving how a WCVB truck kept intruding in one of NBC Boston's live shots Wednesday night.
WGBH reports Jackson grabbed a reporter by the arm and pushed it aside when she asked a question about his past job selling pharmaceutical drugs. He says he was only pushing her microphone out of his face, but sent the station and the reporter apologies.
The Globe writes today that since 2009, at least 11 bodies have been recovered from the water surrounding Boston and that the last one was that of Zachary Marr, whose body was found in the Charles near North Station a month after he disappeared from a downtown bar.
The Globe is wrong on both counts. Read more.
Current reports WGBH will open an office in the Fields Corner headquarters of the Association of Independents in Radio. Initially, the station will rotate one reporter there every three weeks, but plans to hire a fulltime Dorchester correspondent. It will also be working with the Dorchester Reporter.
The announcement comes after years of pretty much every media outlet in town cutting back on arts coverage.
Workers were removing the sign from the side of The Boston Globe building on Morrissey Blvd. yesterday afternoon. Is it maintenance or are they getting ready to abandon the building as planned?
Marty McCabe lives in an apartment building with a courtyard in Central Square. And every week, somebody from Globe Direct throws 12 copies of the circular in the courtyard. And he and his neighbors are getting sick of it.
As we've been breathlessly reporting all day, some local TV stations have waged a relentless battle today to see who could get the most on-air personnel on a screen at one time. Channel 7 threw down the opening gauntlet with an "8-box" (i.e., 8 reporters in little boxes at once), Channel 25 briefly got in the action with a 9-box, but then Channel 7 knocked them out with an 11-box - before Channel 5 topped them with a 12-box. Channel 7 caught up, but now it really looks like WCVB is determined to end this thing once and for all: Around 5 p.m., Channel 5 Executive Producer Scott Isaacs posted this screen capture of a screen-dominating 16-box display.
No, we probably won't break any snowfall amounts, but could we break the record for the most number of TV reporters crammed onto a single screen?
John Zaremba captured this "8-box" on WHDH this morning. Who can top that? And will any of our local stations approach the 24-box an Atlanta station managed in 2014? Good luck, we're all counting on you.
UPDATE: Channel 7 ramps it up to 11, but channel 5 goes "in your face!" and cranks it up to 12. Channel 7 then responds! See down in the comments.
The Herald's other cranky columnist, Joe Fitzgerald, is in full dudgeon today because six (so far) Patriots players have said they won't go to the White House for the traditional Super Bowl celebration.
How dare they? Football is a team sport and the Foxborough Six are betraying their team and their fans, Joltin' Joe rants: Read more.
WBZ interviews its own reporter, Bill Shields, reassures worried viewers who briefly made him a trending topic on Twitter yesterday that he was just trying to lighten the mood in his shoreline storm reports about being too old for this kind of stuff, not foreshadowing a grumpy exit from the TV news biz.
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