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By adamg - 12/5/23 - 3:25 pm

Verizon sent out its annual warning to subscribers that it's going to blank out a local TV station on FiOS because of a licensing spat with its owner. This year, Verizon is warning Ed Harding fans who subscribe to FiOS they will have to go elsewhere to watch the news if it can't reach agreement with WCVB owner Hearst by the end of Friday on how much it has to pay to carry Hearst TV stations. Read more.

By adamg - 9/29/23 - 10:30 pm

Josh Brogadir at WCVB said tonight the station learned a couple weeks ago about Tim Wakefield's battle with cancer but decided not to report it until Wakefield was ready to go public, out of common human decency. Curt Schilling, he continued, has no such decency.

This just adds to the list of despicable acts since he finished playing baseball.

By adamg - 12/24/22 - 6:08 pm
Harvey Leonard does the weather

An old tradition among Jewish reporters is to take shifts on Christmas Eve and Christmas day so that their Christian co-workers can take the time off. Harvey Leonard came out of retirement tonight to give one of his former weather colleagues time off.

H/t Monica.

By adamg - 12/19/22 - 10:42 pm

A videographer who was fired from his job working on WCVB's "Chronicle" show in 2021 for refusing Covid-19 shots has sued the station and the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance for his firing in November, 2021 and denial of unemployment benefits, saying the station refused his legitimate request for a religious exemption and that the state is also discriminating against him by refusing to pay him unemployment. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/22 - 4:42 pm

Harvey and Mike's Blizzard Warning forecast

Leonard and Mike Wankum forecast the first of the 2015 blizzards.

WCVB reports that Harvey Leonard is retiring from daily forecasting on May 25, but that this fall he will become the station's chief meteorologist emeritus, in which he will come back on air for severe-weather and climate coverage. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/22 - 1:28 pm
15 reporters and weather people on the screen at once

NBC Boston showed its reporting fury at noon today, putting 15 reporters and weather people on air all at once, easily topping Channel 7's 12-box: Read more.

By adamg - 12/31/21 - 7:01 pm

Chronicle's Anthony Everett remembers longtime host Mary Richardson

WCVB reports that Richardson, who started at the station as a reporter in 1980, died of complications from Alzheimer's.

By adamg - 9/16/21 - 11:35 am

A man described by his lawyers as a shy, quiet man whose greatest love was his pug, Sally, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison this week following his admission that he embezzled $30 million over eight years from the shoemaker where he was CFO, much of which he showered on a Channel 5 reporter who had dreams of busting out of this two-bit burg. Read more.

By adamg - 2/1/21 - 9:19 pm
Harvey Leonard with chart showing 230 inches of snow in North Reading

BOSRocks forwards this screen capture of Harvey Leonard and some snow totals tonight. Why, that's nearly 26 on the Pete Bouchard meter.

Best weather-number video ever.

By adamg - 12/17/20 - 12:24 pm
Richardson with a snowball

Channel 5's Rhondella Richardson hefted a snowball of unusual size for her reporter-in-the-snow report in Bridgewater for the noon newscast.

As usual, Channel 7's Steve Cooper provided an epic man-vs-wild report from Woburn: Read more.

By adamg - 9/8/20 - 5:00 pm

Sunday's scissor attack on WCVB reporter Ted Wayman in Copley Square is just that latest in a series of unconnected attacks on Boston TV reporters and camerapeople since July. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 12:25 pm
Janet Wu at Castle Island

Somebody called 911 this morning when a woman who said she was with WCVB began going up to the unmasked and asking why and videoing them with her camera. One person took exception and snapped her right back and then posted about "this lady [who] says she works for channel 5 and is provoking citizens." Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/20 - 11:55 am

Randy Price announces next chapter

The Boston TV veteran broke some news of his own this morning.

By adamg - 3/17/20 - 7:01 pm
Just three reporters on screen at once at WCVB

Steph Liu snapped WCVB's "three-box" on the Tom Brady story this afternoon. Compare to the 16 reporters WCVB had on screen at the same time for a snow storm on Jan. 4, 2018: Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 2:41 pm

WCVB's Cindy Fitzgibbon reports she's OK after tripping yesterday morning over something next to the green screen where the weather map goes. Also note how quickly a colleague stepped in to finish the report: Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/19 - 5:23 pm
Channel 5 reporter with a snowball

UPDATE, 5:34 p.m. Castiglione reports the Worcester snow is now good snowball snow.

Shortly after 5 p.m., WCVB's Duke Castiglione went live with a handful of snow, which he declared not really snowball-worthy, so he didn't throw it at the camera.

He was one of just five reporters and weatherpeople to flash on screen at 5 p.m, as Channel 5 warms up for the season: Read more.

By adamg - 11/27/18 - 1:27 pm
By adamg - 3/21/18 - 6:17 pm
By adamg - 2/2/18 - 9:24 am

"Chronicle" on Channel 5 tonight will feature a 40th-anniversary look at the Blizzard of '78. Ye humble French Toast scrivener may be on, not to reminisce about his epic battle of survival during the blizzard, but about French Toast. And maybe space savers. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

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