Media

By - 2/24/13 - 4:52 pm

Why didn't they run that book excerpt about Whitey Bulger in Love on Valentine's Day? Who doesn't love a good romantic yarn? OK, one in which the protagonist was busy choking one girlfriend to death in front of the other until an underling pulled him off her, but still.... Read more

By - 2/23/13 - 3:41 pm

The beleaguered Hub tabloid continues to schadenfreude it up with today's epic adjectivally rich broadside at its competing broadsheet that ends with a quote from would-be publisher Ernie Boch Jr:

I feel it has lost its way over the last few years. I feel I have the right recipe to put it back on track.

Sadly, the little tabloid that could ran out of... Read more

By - 2/23/13 - 10:32 am

As weather computer models churned late yesterday and spit out results that showed far, far less snow this weekend than originally predicted, some of our local forecasters braced for criticism. Some discussion on Twitter last night:

By - 2/22/13 - 1:22 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the car dealer is looking at putting in a bid for the Globe.

By - 2/21/13 - 10:13 am

First, Ken Doctor at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab, estimates the sale price of the Globe at $100 million to $150 million - yes, about a tenth what the Times pad for the paper (and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette) in 1993; takes a look at some of the Globe's strengths (a publisher who gets digital; a still robustly sized newsroom) and weaknesses (revenue).

And... Read more

By - 2/20/13 - 3:29 pm

Bloomberg News reports the Gray Lady has hired an investment firm to find a buyer for its New England unit, which also includes the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. The Times paid $1.1 billion for the papers in 1993 - about $1.7 billion in today's money.

Times press release.

Some insta-reaction via Twitter (also see: #WhenIBuyTheGlobe):

By - 2/18/13 - 9:45 am

Poynter interviews new Globe editor Brian McGrory, who says the current boston.com/bostonglobe.com dichotomy is too confusing and that he plans to make people pay for all in-depth reporting on bostonglobe.com, while making the free boston.com "more social media, more community bloggers, hopefully edgier content."... Read more

By - 2/16/13 - 4:30 pm

Pynchonesque headline: A screaming

People are either loving the nod to Thomas Pynchon (specifically, the first line of Gravity's Rainbow) or hating it.

One person took issue not with the Pynchon reference, but with the subhead: "But it was not... Read more

By - 2/14/13 - 3:35 pm

Benzaquin, also author of a book on the Cocoanut Grove fire, was 90.

By - 2/9/13 - 10:10 am

The Channel 7 reporter has been stationed on Plum Island since yesterday. This morning, she reported from a porch that had waves crashing into its base as debris from destroyed neighboring houses floated out to sea.

Then her signal went dead. Anchor Adam Williams then assured viewers: "Our crews don't stand in areas that are dangerous or are susceptible to any damage."

We learned 30... Read more

By - 2/8/13 - 6:19 pm

Maybe the same person who thought it would be a good idea to have Williams and Lisa Hughes anchor the news while standing outside in the station parking lot. Williams, being a man's man, of course, just stood there without a hat. They finally got him back inside, and by the looks of things just in time - his face was bright red.

By - 2/8/13 - 6:09 pm

"a totally clueless action by the media."

As has been well reported by several news outlets (and on this blog), a total travel ban is now currently in effect in Massachusetts. Yet, at least one of the local stations is continuing to broadcast traffic reports.

By - 2/8/13 - 12:33 pm

Channel 7's Nancy Chen just checked in from a hill in Worcester. Drink! Then she bent down and picked up some snow to make a snowball. But, darn, the snow was so dry, it just disintegrated. So we'll rate than a half drink.

By - 2/6/13 - 8:48 pm

Somerville Stop & Shop bread

Frank Solensky photographed the bread aisle at the Somerville Stop & Shop this evening.

Meanwhile, Channel 5 reporters tonight warmed up for their team coverage of Snowpocalypse '13. With no snow on the ground to fashion into a... Read more

By - 2/6/13 - 2:36 pm

The Dorchester Reporter has hired an outside editor to keep tabs of its coverage of the 1st Suffolk Senate race of Linda Dorcena Forry, whose husband, Bill, is publisher of the paper and the Boston Haitian Reporter and Mattapan Reporter.

Michael Jonas, executive editor of CommonWealth magazine, and a long-time Dorchester resident, will review the paper's coverage of her race this spring to replace... Read more

By - 2/6/13 - 9:35 am

WGBH says its hiring the former WTKK talkers to talk away between noon and and 2 p.m. on weekdays on its "Boston Public Radio" show. The move frees up Callie Crossley and Emily Rooney, who currently hold down the microphones then, to do other things, although the station says they'll continue to get some words in edgewise on the show. 'GBH adds that Edgar B.... Read more

By - 2/6/13 - 7:20 am

Blizzard of '78 aftermath in Revere. Photo by Jessica O'Brien.Blizzard of '78 aftermath in Revere. Photo by Jessica O'Brien. Posted under this CC license.

On the 11 o'clock news last night, Bouchard seemed worried that, after two years of little snow,... Read more

By - 1/26/13 - 10:41 am

MIT's Center for Civic Media has started analyzing Globe datelines and presents some preliminary results.

H/t Bostonography.

By - 1/23/13 - 11:29 am

A couple of UHub correspondents who actually watch Channel 25 in the morning report Gene Lavanchy was chatting with one-time state Rep. Maryanne Lewis about John Kerry becoming secretary of state. The topic of whom Deval Patrick should name as interim senator came up. Lewis cracked something like "There's a lot of talk about him possibly appointing a woman... So I think Barney Frank is... Read more

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