Broadcasters are prepared to stick with their remote production workflows for the long haul as the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight. A TVNewsCheck webinar last week found they’re continuing to try to bring as much of the studio into staffers’ homes as possible, not only for anchors and reporters but producers, director, editors and graphic artists, too.
He maintains his president-GM duties for NBC Sports Boston as he succeeds Mike St. Peter in overseeing WBTS, WNEU and NECN there.
The massive NBCUniversal Boston Media Center in Needham, Mass., houses the company’s NBC and Telemundo stations plus regional cable news and sports networks in a new $125 million, 160,000-square foot headquarters. “It’s a complete game-changer,” says one GM of the greenfield build.
It looks like NBC Boston’s (WBTS) emphasis on investigative journalism has paid dividends in Washington. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has reached out to Tesla with concerns about safety flaws in Tesla’s autopilot system, citing the station’s investigation.
New TV job openings posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include opportunities at stations owned by Gray, NBC, Meredith, Cox and Graham in Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, San Antonio and the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area of Michigan.
NBCU today appointed Chris Wayland senior vice president and station manager of its Boston (DMA 9) properties: WBTS (NBC), WNEU (Telemundo) and cable channel NECN. He will oversee the sales, finance, marketing, and digital departments for all three. He will report to Mike St. Peter, president-GM of the three. Wayland joins NBCUniversal’s Boston stations from […]
The state-of-the-art 160,000 square-foot media center in Needham will be unveiled in the fall of 2019. It will house WBTS (NBC), WNEU (Telemundo), NBC Sports Boston and NECN. On hand were NBCU execs and local business and political leaders.
Kenny Plotnik, the news director of NBC’s Boston O&O, is stepping down. The station staff got the word from NBC Boston’s president, Mike St. Peter, who said the local NBC affiliate’s news operation had come to a “fork in the road” under Plotnik, but the parting is “amicable.” St. Peter also insisted the change has nothing to do with the station’s ratings, which have been mostly moribund since NBC dumped WHDH to go its own way over a year ago.
Was NBC’s decision to drop Ed Ansin’s WHDH as its Boston affiliate a big mistake? A little more than a year after the bitter divorce, the new NBC10 Boston’s newscasts are struggling to gain an audience, while Ansin’s Channel 7 is often first or second in key time slots.
It’s been six months since NBC Boston (WBTS-LD) launched, joining the city’s five other TV outlets, including WHDH, which had been the local NBC affiliate for 20 years before network bosses decided to start a new NBC-owned station there. So it seems as good a time as any to gauge how NBC Boston’s fledgling news programs are faring against their established rivals. The short answer: not very well.
NBC-owned WBTS Boston (DMA 9) today announced that J.C. Monahan will join the NBC Boston team in July as news anchor of the station’s afternoon and evening weekday newscasts. Monahan will also contribute to NBC Boston’s special programming. She will make her on-air debut in mid-July. Monahan will return to the NBCUniversal family after working for stations […]
At 3 a.m. on Sunday, NBC will flip the switch on WBTS, “NBC Boston,” its newest O&O that will broadcast via a patchwork quilt of signals from three stations serving the nation’s ninth-largest TV market. NBC has been planning to shift the affiliation in Boston from its 22-year incumbent, Sunbeam Television-owned WHDH, to the new station for the past year.
NBC Boston (WBTS) confirmed Monday that it has reached an agreement to increase its over-the-air capabilities ahead of the station’s official launch on Jan. 1, 2017. The station has entered into an agreement with WMFP, another full-power Boston station, to rebroadcast the NBC Boston signal on ch. 60.5. The signal will be up and running by Dec. 21. This will bolster the station’s over-the-air signal, which is also available on chs. 8.1 and 60.2.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined Sen. Ed Markey in questioning how much of the Boston market will be able to watch new NBC O&O WBTS over the air when it officially launches on Jan. 1, 2017.
The new NBC Boston (WBTS) will be making a run at ratings leader WCVB starting on New Year’s Eve, and it is betting big on its weather coverage, which will feature the StormRanger, an armored car-like vehicle with mobile radar that will be deployed at the first sign of a major storm.
Over-the-air viewers in Boston can get a glimpse of NBC’s future with the Countdown to NBC Boston channel that launched today. It’s the NBC-owned station’s push to get viewers to rescan their TV sets or set top boxes to WBTS on ch. 8 and ch. 60.2 in Northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire before the station launches for real on Jan. 1, 2017.
To be known as NBC Boston, the O&O will air on low-power WBTS on virtual chs. 8 and 8.2 and rely heavily on cable and satellite distribution. The O&O will replace long-time affiliate WHDH, owned by Ed Ansin, starting Jan. 1. NBC also announced programming for the new O&O along with the teams for each of its newscasts. The news operation is being built atop NECN, NBC’s regional cable news service.