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.
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.
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.
The CBC reports the province treats the tree not just as thanks, but as tourism and seafood promotion. And that includes paying WCVB $75,000 to broadcast the tree getting lit on the Common each year - and $41,000 to the city of Boston.
WCVB reports the veteran sportscaster is recovering from surgery for a brain aneurysm.
News One reports Phil Lipof, anchor of WCVB's 5 p.m. newscast, is departing for the new station NBC is building atop NECN as it seeks to crush current NBC affiliate WHDH.
New England One reports WCVB is launching an hourlong newscast at 10 p.m. on its MeTV subchannel, anchored by Maria Stephanos, who used to do the 10 o'clock news at Channel 25, and Ed Harding, who apparently just lives at the Channel 5 studios.
News One reports on Pam Cross's departure after 35 years at the station.
The Emerson graduate's leaving comes just as the station is debuting a new 4:30 p.m. newscast that will feature 24 stories in just 12 minutes (presumably all read by Ed Harding after he inhales a couple balloons' worth of helium).
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.
New England One reports it's for family reasons.
Channel 7 reporter Byron Barnett, doing his live reports from some street in Somerville, finished up one report, then helped push a New Yorker having trouble getting his car down the street.
Apparently he wasn't the first, however. Jim Lokay at WCVB tweeted:
Please. I did that 2 wks ago on Boylston. And 400 others did it before me. Now, if BB could melt this stuff...
Speaking of Channel 5, Danielle Vollmar spent the morning driving around Peabody shoveling out hydrants.
Grizzled WCVB reporter Jack Harper has been covering snowstorms since probably before some of his younger colleagues - the ones who don ski goggles and shoot snowball crossbows and pretend to shovel snow - were even born.
While most of her outdoor colleagues were busy with rulers and snow brushes and snowballs this morning, WCVB's Antoinette Antonio just stood in the snow and reported what she saw around her.
Antoinio, who arrived in Boston a few months ago from Albuquerque, explains her reticence to get up close and personal with the white stuff:
Why ... you already know what snow feels like don't you? Next you'll want me to pull out a ruler and/or make a snow angel? I'd never hear the end of it from @LokayWCVB
WCVB reports on his death at 74 from pancreatic cancer.
This just in from Channel 5 about a breaking-news alert sent out to users of its mobile app and to its Twitter followers:
We'd like to apologize for sending an alert on a story about a girl who got her tongue stuck on a pole.
â€” WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) January 5, 2014
WCVB this week sued Aereo, which recently began a service to let people watch Boston TV stations, charging the company is ripping off the station's valuable local programming.
In its suit, filed in US District Court, WCVB says other companies that rebroadcast its programs do so only after paying a fee.
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