Mike Beaudet, who left WFXT fulltime for a teaching position at Northeastern, is going back on air as an investigative reporter at WCVB. He'll continue to teach at Northeastern - and his students will help him investigate things.
Lucky for the Herald that the Inside Track was an entertainment column, not straight news reporting: The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the Herald did not libel Donald Thomas Scholz in the Track's reporting on the suicide of Boston lead singer Brad Delp in part because the column's stock in trade was opinion, not straight facts.
Scholz, who founded the band Boston in the 1970s, sued Delp's ex-wife and the Herald, claiming they defamed him by blaming him for Delp's suicide. Read more.
Stat launched today. NiemanLab reports that while the site, which has 50 employees (compared to just 6 for Crux), is providing content to the Globe and is covering Kendall Square and the Longwood Medical Area, it's not limiting itself to local coverage - and could sign content deals with other media outlets.
New England One reports it's for family reasons.
New England One reports Fox 25 is the first Boston TV station to get FAA approval for a news drone.
WBUR today launched Politicker, headed up by former Globie and Deval Patrick aide Richard Chacon - who of late had been in charge of 'BUR's news strategy:
WBUR Politicker will cover New Englandâ€™s races the WBUR way, with deep and serious treatment of issues, sound-rich feature reports from the campaign trail, plenty of perspective and context from our signature analysts, and loads of data.
The New York Times takes a look at the load time and size of large news Web sites on phones and finds boston.com weighs in as the heaviest, most ad-laden of the sites - so much so that visiting its homepage just once a day for a month would cost a person with a typical 4G data plan $9.50 a month just to download all the ads.
WGBH said today it's hired the editorial producer for This Week with George Stephanopolous as its news director. Read more.
Lots of layoffs today. Before the layoffs, all boston.com departments had their budgets cut 15% this past spring.
After 18 years to pursue other career opportunities.
The Globe's appended this to Dan Shaughnessy's column about Orsillo:
Clarification: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story made reference to signs being confiscated at Fenway Park. The reference has been removed because the Globe could not independently verify that any signs were confiscated at the ballpark. ...
Via Dan Kennedy.
Dan Kennedy tries to find out.
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.