News that GE is in a spot of financial trouble has set Shirley Leung to thinking about the $60 million the state spent on buying those Fort Point buildings for GE (and the $60 million it set aside for renovations and infrastructure upgrades) and what happens if the company just leaves Boston altogether or stays here a shrunken husk of its former self. Read more.
Down in the basement of Boston City Hall, near an ATM and the entrance to the men's room, is a set of newspaper racks for Boston's free weekly newspapers - including an old Phoenix rack now used by the Dig.
As word spread that our racist shitholer-in-chief insulted Haiti and Haitian immigrants, our local dailies had to decide how to describe the word salad being tossed in Washington. Read more.
The Herald self-reports that owner Pat Purcell pulled out nearly $1 million in annual pay from the troubled tabloid - as well as payments for a golf-club membership - as the paper spiraled towards bankruptcy.
Listeners to IHeartMedia's Kiss 108 this morning learned one of the dangers of stations automating their operations: The station's news reports (shut up, yes, Kiss 108 has news reports) kept repeating "breaking" news of the Las Vegas massacre, which, of course, happened back in October. Chris taped one of the "news" broadcasts, says it was repeated at least five times today and says the station may have been running the same report since Friday. Read more.
John Carroll ponders coffee, selling for $10.99 a bag, that features Howie Carr's rictus on the front.
No, I haven't just spent too much time outside in the cold. But I think the local TV stations did a really good job with yesterday's storm. Read more.
As the snow tally goes up, so will the tallies of the number of reporters and weather people the local TV stations will cram onto a single screen. Peter Wilson at Channel 25 provides this screen capture of an "11-box" today. But it's early. Last March, during a completely mundane storm, Channel 5 put 16 people on screen at once - and we've since heard Channel 7 at one point got up to 17.
Today's Globe has a mea culpa from Globe Editor Brian McGrory apologizing for not naming State House reporter Jim O'Sullivan in a story about his actions at the Globe and at the State House, specifically, "lewd propositions to one newsroom colleague and to two women that we are aware of on Beacon Hill." Read more.
CommonWealth reports some of the details it's hearing about why Jim O'Sullivan is no longer a Globe reporter.
The Herald's bankruptcy filing reports that among the debts the paper owes is an estimated $600,000 to the Boston Globe for "trade services," i.e., the cost of printing the Herald on its Taunton printing presses. Read more.
WBUR self reports on Tom Ashbrook, the "On Point" host put on leave last week.
Local TV stations covered our first snowstorm of the season just like you'd expect: Reporters stood by the side of highways (I-93 in Andover seemed especially popular today for some reason), made snowballs, cleared off cars, climbed snow mounds and stuck rulers in the snow.
And then there was Steve Cooper on Channel 7. Not only was he next to I-93 in Andover, he reported while wearing snow shoes and goggles and holding ski poles - except for the moment captured by KMV, when he swapped out the snow poles for boxes of Devil Dogs and other pastries.
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