Steve Safran analyzes the NBC decision to smack WHDH upside the head and create its own station in Boston, using an antenna in Manchester, NH (a city that has so little going for it it has to keep pretending it's near Boston):
What we have in NBC Boston now is a cable and web-first product, a true 21st century operation that is no longer concerned primarily with what the antenna-only crowd is doing. Itâ€™s not longer about the WXXX or KXXX branding. Itâ€™s the network and the city. Smart. The changeover wonâ€™t happen until 2017, and Ansin is vowing to sue. But this kind of structuring will happen more as networks start to operate more like cable channels.
UPDATE: Say hello to Channel 60, soon with Harry Connick Jr.'s new daytime show. And Pete Bouchard.
News One reports NBC could announce its Channel 7 killer, NBC Boston, today and that Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin will be in town to meet with his local staff and possibly announce a lawsuit to block NBC. NBC wants to own a channel in Boston; Ansin, who runs WHDH as an NBC affiliate, doesn't want to sell.
This evening, Emily Rooney at WGBH reported that John Henry and Globe CEO Mike Sheehan ignored warnings from their own circulation department that the new home-delivery system could fail.
Henry fired back tonight in a tweet:
WGBH now has added a fiction writer to its news lineup. Makes for great stories!
The Globe reports it's bringing back the company it dumped for allegedly not being able to retain customers that well to service half the paper routes the shiny new company that the Globe brought on managed to mess up.
Ed. note: Yeah, I'm also hoping there's nothing else to report about Globe home delivery today.
We weren't the only ones who wondered what would happen when all those exhausted Globe reporters went home Sunday after delivering papers. Looks like David Bernstein found their replacement: A "sharing economy" startup that launched last year to hire people to staff parties is now looking for people to assemble and deliver newspapers out of some unspecified media organization's distribution centers in Newton and Pembroke, which just happen to be where the Globe has distribution centers.
They're paying $12 an hour, plus you get $24 a day for car expenses. And you can start, as the ad says, TONIGHT! Even better:
After you deliver the papers you are free to go straight home and you do not need to report back to the distribution center.
Oh, but you will have to report at 2 a.m.
The Globe reports.
And then maybe it can offer the service improvements it promised. The Globe self-reports tonight on a "finger pointing" emergency meeting between execs at the new delivery company and Globe officials who said they never imagined 10% of readers would stop getting their papers (not the 5% the Globe had said was the case last week) - and never would have made the switch if they'd known.
Photographer - and social reformer - Lewis Hine spent a fair amount of time in Boston in the early part of the 20th century capturing the often horrible condition of children. Among the kids he photographed were newsies, including this group of Globe hawkers with Sunday papers at 5 a.m. one Sunday in 1909.
From the Library of Congress's Lewis Hine collection.
It's nice that Globe reporters, editors and other officer workers (some 200 in all) volunteered to assemble and deliver papers this morning. Globies really do want you to read their work. Hopefully, they at least get some pizzas out of the deal.
But, ultimately, the Globe is a for-profit concern and we've yet to hear from the guy who, at the end of the day, hopes to make a profit from his investment in the Globe. And has anybody heard anything from ACI, the company that said it could take over Globe delivery?
In the meantime, we get a statement from the Globe's vice president of consumer affairs and marketing (atttached, below), that getting reporters to deliver one day's paper is: Read more.
Boston Eater asked local food writers for their "biggest restaurant grievances" of the year just past. Some of the writers responded with complaints about overly loud restaurants, the ubiquity of "small-plate" menus, the cost of going out these days.
Kerry Byrne, who writes about food for the Herald, complained about lazy welfare queens.
The dearth of talent, especially noticeable from a dining perspective in the front of the house. Every chef and restaurateur complains about it and struggles with it. One of the inevitable fallouts of an ever-expanding welfare society in which millions of Americans find it's more profitable to sit at home than it is to work. Restaurateurs are struggling as a result.
Brendan Myers suggests that until the Globe subscription problems are fixed, "Marty Walsh oughta start reading it on the radio."
Was going to just post more tweets from people still not getting their paper (including WGBH's Emily Rooney, who lives in that remote area known as the Back Bay). But then aggrieved Globe subscriber Sharon Machlis of Framingham pointed me to this LA Times story from 2014 about another time the Globe's new delivery company, ACI Media Group of Long Beach, CA, took over delivery for a major metro: Read more.
The Globe says it's gotten that no-paper thing down to just 5% of its home subscribers. It probably counts itself lucky that many of those are loyal readers who are complaining instead of just giving up - although who can tell, given complaints about how it's impossible to get through to Circulation to cancel these days. Read more.
In a column penned yesterday, Boston Globe tech reporter Hiawatha Bray has demonstrated that he lacks even a basic understanding of what net neutrality is or why it's important. I wonder how he'd feel if T-Mobile allowed unlimited browsing of bostonherald.com but charged for data in order to browse bostonglobe.com? You can read his column here.
He doubled down with an equally ridiculous tweet: Read more.