Workers were removing the sign from the side of The Boston Globe building on Morrissey Blvd. yesterday afternoon. Is it maintenance or are they getting ready to abandon the building as planned?
Marty McCabe lives in an apartment building with a courtyard in Central Square. And every week, somebody from Globe Direct throws 12 copies of the circular in the courtyard. And he and his neighbors are getting sick of it.
As we've been breathlessly reporting all day, some local TV stations have waged a relentless battle today to see who could get the most on-air personnel on a screen at one time. Channel 7 threw down the opening gauntlet with an "8-box" (i.e., 8 reporters in little boxes at once), Channel 25 briefly got in the action with a 9-box, but then Channel 7 knocked them out with an 11-box - before Channel 5 topped them with a 12-box. Channel 7 caught up, but now it really looks like WCVB is determined to end this thing once and for all: Around 5 p.m., Channel 5 Executive Producer Scott Isaacs posted this screen capture of a screen-dominating 16-box display.
No, we probably won't break any snowfall amounts, but could we break the record for the most number of TV reporters crammed onto a single screen?
John Zaremba captured this "8-box" on WHDH this morning. Who can top that? And will any of our local stations approach the 24-box an Atlanta station managed in 2014? Good luck, we're all counting on you.
UPDATE: Channel 7 ramps it up to 11, but channel 5 goes "in your face!" and cranks it up to 12. Channel 7 then responds! See down in the comments.
The Herald's other cranky columnist, Joe Fitzgerald, is in full dudgeon today because six (so far) Patriots players have said they won't go to the White House for the traditional Super Bowl celebration.
How dare they? Football is a team sport and the Foxborough Six are betraying their team and their fans, Joltin' Joe rants: Read more.
WBZ interviews its own reporter, Bill Shields, reassures worried viewers who briefly made him a trending topic on Twitter yesterday that he was just trying to lighten the mood in his shoreline storm reports about being too old for this kind of stuff, not foreshadowing a grumpy exit from the TV news biz.
The Globe reports on the quick coming and going of Mish Michaels at "Greater Boston."
The perils of publishing an edition for a state 1,000 miles away: The Fort Pointer has a friend vacationing in Florida, who forwarded a photo of the front page of the Boston Globe's early Florida edition.
They've posted a poll asking us what's the New Englandiest thing ever.
WBZ reports stupid Kansas City fans angry at Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher are unloading on Channel 4 meteorologist Eric Fisher, at least on Twitter. He's even gotten death threats.
If you're one of those people who just can't quit Shaughnessy, you might be thinking he's using the phrase "tomato can" a lot more these days. You might even think he's getting carried away with it and maybe should find another way to say "loser."
You'd be plum right. Read more.
Dan Kennedy has a few specifics on Globe Editor Brian McGrory's reinvention plans, which include abandoning the "paper of record" idea (so less boring crap) and going to a more 24/7 news model (which sounds like "digital first" for you media types), complete with a new "express desk" to handle it all. Oh, and:
The old barriers separating the newsroom and business sides will be rethought. ...
As usual, Dan Kennedy has the memo from Globe Editor-in-Chief Brian McGrory, who is promising more details in days to come.
As befits the new kids in town, NBC Boston this morning covered the annual L Street Brownies run into the bay like this was the biggest news to happen around here in weeks. Alas, as Shaneoinsaino captured, they made one of those mistakes that suggests they have some new recruits up from New York or Chicago or some place.
The Inside Track's Gayle Fee's just e-mailed her contacts: "I wanted to let you all know that Friday will be my last column for the Boston Herald. After 33 years at the paper, 25 at the Inside Track, it's time to say goodbye."
Dan Kennedy has more.