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.
The Globe reports on the quick coming and going of Mish Michaels at "Greater Boston."
The perils of publishing an edition for a state 1,000 miles away: The Fort Pointer has a friend vacationing in Florida, who forwarded a photo of the front page of the Boston Globe's early Florida edition.
They've posted a poll asking us what's the New Englandiest thing ever.
WBZ reports stupid Kansas City fans angry at Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher are unloading on Channel 4 meteorologist Eric Fisher, at least on Twitter. He's even gotten death threats.
If you're one of those people who just can't quit Shaughnessy, you might be thinking he's using the phrase "tomato can" a lot more these days. You might even think he's getting carried away with it and maybe should find another way to say "loser."
You'd be plum right. Read more.
Dan Kennedy has a few specifics on Globe Editor Brian McGrory's reinvention plans, which include abandoning the "paper of record" idea (so less boring crap) and going to a more 24/7 news model (which sounds like "digital first" for you media types), complete with a new "express desk" to handle it all. Oh, and:
The old barriers separating the newsroom and business sides will be rethought. ...
As usual, Dan Kennedy has the memo from Globe Editor-in-Chief Brian McGrory, who is promising more details in days to come.
As befits the new kids in town, NBC Boston this morning covered the annual L Street Brownies run into the bay like this was the biggest news to happen around here in weeks. Alas, as Shaneoinsaino captured, they made one of those mistakes that suggests they have some new recruits up from New York or Chicago or some place.
The Inside Track's Gayle Fee's just e-mailed her contacts: "I wanted to let you all know that Friday will be my last column for the Boston Herald. After 33 years at the paper, 25 at the Inside Track, it's time to say goodbye."
Dan Kennedy has more.
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The writer must've died while writing it ...
The MetroWest Daily News reports the death of Virginia Lucier, longtime arts-and-entertainment reporter for the News.
It might be hard to imagine today, but Framingham used to be something of an entertainment mecca - performers would often do shows at the old Chateau de Ville rather than in town - and Lucier was there to interview them all over a 50-year career.
Last week, NBC Boston said they planned on increasing the coverage for WBTS in Metro Boston by leasing temporary signal space in the form of a digital sub channel from WMFP at the “FM-128” broadcasting site in Needham. NBC Boston said this new digital sub channel should appear on channel 60.5 on December 20th. Read More.
WGBH reported today that all the Needham antenna problems that have plagued it, WGBX, WBZ, WCVB and WSBK are finally fixed and that all the stations are now back to full strength over the air (cable signals were never affected):
As of about 4:55am this morning, all stations are operating normally.
So kids, just don't do it, mkay? And if you do score some weed, throw it out! And heavens, don't tell anybody how much you paid.
New England One reports that the news crew at Channel 25, now owned by Cox, not Fox, is ditching the "Fox" part of its name, and will likely go by just "25 News" or maybe "Action News 25," in part because of angry people who keep confusing it with the national Fox News, in part because, what the heck, maybe that'll help stop a ratings slide that's been going on since Cox took over in 2014 and Maria Stephanos left. A motivational speaker seems not to have done the trick. Read more.
The Herald reports the new NBC Boston is rolling out an armor-plated mobile Doppler radar with enough firepower to punch through the toughest New England storms and crush opposing weather teams. WCVB sneers at the putative competition, noting it has Boston's only meteorologist turned anchor in JC Monahan and, of course, Harvey Leonard.