Andrew “Andy” Ansin becomes CEO and James Ansin and Paul Magnes are named co-presidents after the death of the company owner-president Ed Ansin last month.
Ed Ansin, who shook up Boston television with flashy graphics and a breaking news style that has become the normSunbeam Television owns WHDH-WLVI in Boston and WSVN Miami. WHDH became independent after NBC pulled its affiliation after 22 years in 2017. To counteract the loss of network programming, Ansin decided to double down on local news and added staff to WHDH to ensure it would remain competitive as an independent.
WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami owned by Ed Ansin’s Sunbeam Television, has been supporting Feeding South Florida, a local food bank, since the pandemic hit full force in mid-March.
Ed Ansin, owner of Sunbeam Television, which operates WHDH Boston and WSVN Miami, when asked about working at 83, responds: “I’m obsessed with television. I just like it. I want to die with my boots on.”
2016 Revenue: $236.0 million Stations: 3 in 2 markets Coverage: 3.5% Ownership: Ed Ansin Key Executives: Ed Ansin, president; Robert Leider, EVP-GM. What’s Up: As of Jan. 1, Sunbeam’s WHDH Boston became an independent station after losing its longtime NBC affiliation when NBC decided to launch its own O&O in the market, but he sold his sidecar in the market, […]
Following WHDH’s loss of its NBC affiliation at the beginning of the year, Ed Ansin’s station has gone news-heavy. He hopes he’ll have as good a result as he had years ago when his Miami station suffered a similar fate. So far, ratings are down from a year ago, but media analysts aren’t writing off the station in the long term. “Competing stations expected WHDH to nosedive in the ratings and that station has really managed to hold on to a good chunk of their news viewership,” says U.S. International Media’s Mary Rossi.
Spurned by NBC, which wanted to own its own station in the market, now-independent WHDH Boston has responded by offering 87 hours of local news a week. (Plus Family Feud.)
Producing the most news in Boston has come at a cost after Sunbeam’s WHDH lost its NBC affiliation on Jan. 1. Since then, WHDH has covered at least three breaking news events with expanded coverage — a winter snowstorm; the airport shooting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and the Presidential Inauguration. With the special coverage and the expanded newscasts, news crews have been required to work six day work weeks and double shifts.
The longtime Sumbeam exec is coming out of semi-retirement to succeed Chris Wayland in overseeing the group’s three stations, including WHDH Boston, which is losing its NBC affiliation at the end of this year.
In Boston, local NBC affiliates WHDH Channel 7 and WLVI Channel 56 went dark following a breakdown between station executives and AT&T-owned DirecTV on July 15th. In Miami, Fox affiliate WSVN Channel 7 was blacked out over a similar dispute. The stations are all owned by Sunbeam Television.
17. SUNBEAM TELEVISION, Miami 2015 Revenue: $207.1 million Stations: 3 in 2 markets Coverage: 3.5% Ownership: Ed Ansin Key Executives: Ed Ansin, president; Chris Wayland, EVP-GM What’s Up: At the beginning of this year, NBC decided to launch its own station in Boston on Jan. 1, 2017, when NBC’s current affiliation with WHDH, owned by Ed Ansin’s Sunbeam Television, is […]
The Sunbeam Television-owned Boston station says the loss of its NBC affiliation violates its agreement with the network as well as the conditions of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC. NBC calls it a “meritless lawsuit.”
Boston television is headed for a seismic shakeup in 2017, when NBC programming moves from WHDH to NBC-owned Telemundo affiliate WNEU — and NBCUniversal is already assembling a news team that includes just-departed WHDH weatherman Pete Bouchard. According to a source with knowledge of the deal, NBCU already has informed WHDH owner Sunbeam Television that it will not be renewing the station’s NBC affiliation when its contract runs out at the end of next year.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of Sunbeam’s monopolization claim against Nielsen Media Research. All three judges on the 11th Circuit Court agreed with the lower court’s ruling that Sunbeam Television lacks antitrust standing to pursue its claims against Nielsen.
The owner of WSVN Miami and WHDH and WLVI Boston signs a carriage deal with the satellite TV provider, avoiding a Super Bowl blackout.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (D-Mass.) and his House Democratic counterparts are pushing DirecTV and Sunbeam’s WHDH Boston to end a retransmission consent dispute that threatens to keep 200,000 Boston households from watching the Super Bowl.
The scorched-earth financial battle between Sunbeam Television’s Fox affiliate and DirecTV continued Wednesday, with WSVN blacked out for a fifth straight day on the satellite provider, and no cease-fire in sight.
Football and showbiz fans in Boston and Miami took a hit Sunday as a carriage dispute between DirecTV and Sunbeam Television left subscribers unable to view the Packers-Giants NFL playoff game and then the Golden Globes broadcast by Sunbeam’s WHDH Boston and Fox affil WSVN Miami.
A Federal judge in Miami ruled in favor of the Nielsen Co., which had been sued by Sunbeam Television, owner of WSVN Miami, for abusing its monopoly power over TV ratings when it installed its new local people meter audience measurement system.