Oliver had a couple of choice words for the WGBH host on his way to making a point about net neutrality.
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.
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.
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 Globe reports on the quick coming and going of Mish Michaels at "Greater Boston."
Ch 2, 4, 38, 44 and all of their associated digital auxiliaries went dark again. Stress-related crack in the tower. Plans to move to the temporary antennas as they did back in October when they had the burn out does not seem to have happened. 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.
WGBH (over-the-air broadcast 2.1 & 2.2) and WGBX (over-the-air broadcast 44.1, 44.3, 44.4) will remain on low power and will have spotty reception until repairs are completed. They were also impacted by the same situation that blew Ch 4, 5, and 38 off the air recently.
WGBH and Yankee Magazine begin filming this month on a new series aimed at highlighting the, well, main streets and back roads of New England, only with a different theme song - and aimed at a national audience. Read more.
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!
Reporters at WGBH perform songs about the Red Line.
BPL trustees today agreed to rent space in the renovated Johnston building to WGBH, which will build a news bureau and studio, and the library's existing cafeteria operator, which will build a new cafe.
A tentative contract calls for WGBH to build an 800-square-foot bureau and anchor desk, where library visitors will be able to watch WGBH news people talk into microphones.
Also, BPL says: Read more.
WGBH said today it's hired the editorial producer for This Week with George Stephanopolous as its news director. Read more.
Seems our local bigfoot public broadcaster issued a demand under the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act that YouTube take down a video called "Energy -- The American Experience" under the assumption it was a copyright infringement of its American Experience series when, in fact, it was a 1970s Department of Energy production, one that is in the public domain - and published well before WGBH started producing its show. Read more.
Dan Kennedy reports that WFNX refugee Henry Santoro is leaving phoenix-from-the-ashes RadioBDC to become a news anchor at WGBH radio.
He joins fellow ex-Phoenicians Peter Kadzis, Adam Reilly and David Bernstein - and Kennedy himself, a regular on the station's Beat the Press.
Several eggs, actually. Jesse Haley gives us a bird's-eye view of the roof of WGBH in Brighton, newly furnished as a goose nursery.
Props to Jim Braude for asking Obama about those Somerville parking tickets.
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