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.
Around 1 p.m. on NECN, Em reports.
Sean Graham has been a bostonglobe.com digital subscriber for years. His wife decided she wanted to start getting the actual Sunday paper. You'd think that would be easy. You'd think wrong. Graham describes, in excruciating detail what happened this past week, in the course of numerous phone calls and online chats with Globe reps: They cut off his digital subscription, reactivated it, then then gave it to somebody in Wellesley, then they didn't deliver his Sunday paper today. And they still haven't gotten his delivery address right.
The Boston Business Journal reports: State won't have time to stem concerns before recreational weed is legal.
WCVB recently redesigned its Web site to feature giant graphics and type large enough to be read from outer space. Every story now gets a ginormous photo, which is especially helpful for people who have just arrived from, oh, Alpha Centauri say, and have no idea what a plate of Cheetos might look like.
Yesterday, the Globe ran a story about the charter-expansion results in Boston with the headline: In Boston, charter vote reflected racial divide.
Yeah, because black people voted overwhelmingly against the expansion of charter schools. Unfortunately for whoever wrote the headline, the map the Globe ran right under that headline shows that white people voted overwhelmingly against charter expansion as well: Read more.
Today is the first day that NBC Boston is broadcasting on WBTS-LD on digital channel 8.1. In Cambridge I'm just barely able to pick up the signal if I have my antenna in one specific sweet spot (this one spot does not allow me to receive WBZ or WCVB, so for the first time since the DTV transition I'll have to actually adjust my antenna regularly...). How are the rest of the antenna users like myself faring? Are you able to tune in WBTS-LD (channel 8.1)? WNEU (channel 60.2)?
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.
Channel 4 reports the rabbit-ear set should be able to pick up its signals again (story not for acrophobes due to photo of technician hanging onto the side of the antenna 1,200 feet up).
There's probably a good reason why, as Erica Fletcher shows us, NECN's Sue O'Connell brought a rabbit to City Hall to interview people voting early, and just as soon as we find out what it is, we'll let you know (Update: And we do, in the comments below).
Jeff Lawrence, owner of the Dig, alerts readers he's getting ready to pass the paper onto "the next generation:"
One thing I’m considering very seriously, though, is selling the business to a non-profit and making the paper a not-for-profit venture. Not that it ever generated a profit anyway, but the idea that independent journalism should be free and unfettered from ad dollars is extremely appealing to me, and I imagine the reader as well.