Sunbeam Television Corp.’s NBC affiliate WHDH Boston (DMA 8) will debut 7 News at 7PM, a half-hour newscast, on March 7. Kim Khazei and Adam Williams will co-anchor the new broadcast with meteorologist Jeremy Reiner and Joe Amorosino covering sports. “Adding a 7 p.m. newscast only reaffirms our commitment to news and the people of […]
The owner of WHDH Boston will challenge at the FCC NBC’s plan to let its affiliation with WHDH expire at the end of this year and replace it with an O&O, according to a WHDH release. Ansin will argue that the plan violates an agreement between NBC parent Comcast and the NBC affiliates; that WNEU, the possible home of the NBC O&O, does not fully cover the market; and that the plan will result in “excessive” media concentration in the city.
The new station would start on Jan. 1, 2017, when NBC’s current affiliation with Ed Ansin’s WHDH is set to expire.”We so look forward to delivering Boston area viewers the best local news, weather and information along with the NBC news, sports, primetime and latenight programming they already know and enjoy,” says NBC Owned TV Stations President Valari Staab in a memo to employees.
Ask Ed Ansin, the billionaire owner of current NBC affiliate WHDH Boston, about what’s going on between him and NBC and he’ll tell you. “They are trying to steal our station.”
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.
Speculation that NBC would yank its affiliation with WHDH has been going on for months and NBC has made no secret that it would love an owned and operated NBC affiliate in Boston. The current affiliation agreement between NBC and WHDH ends in December 2016. Sources tell New England One that preparations are being made to move the NBC affiliation away from an Ed Ansin-owned WHDH.
With 14 months left on a decade-long deal between NBC and Ed Ansin’s WHDH Boston, widespread media upheaval could combine with the companies’ contentious history to make the next round of negotiations uncommonly tense, or possibly lead to the first shakeup on the Boston dial in 20 years. One potential result — moving NBC programs to NECN — could even upend the traditional, over-the-air broadcast model employed by national networks since their inception.
Sunbeam promotes WHDH national sales manager to head sales at the Boston duopoly. He’s succeeded by Charles Shiebler, while Paul Bertoli will head national sales at WLVI.
The judge presiding over the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Thursday ordered a photographer for a Boston television station barred from the courthouse after complaints that he followed jurors. District Court Judge E. Susan Garsh had threatened to ban WHDH from the trial after two jurors claimed that a news van from the NBC affiliate tried to follow them Wednesday as they drove away from court.
The former sales director will now oversee NBC affiliate WHDH and CW affil WLVI.
Sunbeam has named Bubba Burns VP-GM and promoted from within to fill his spot as sales director and others.
Boston stations had expanded local morning newscasts this morning to cover the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
I know from experience in times of crisis at a TV station’s promotion department that little thought is given to any competitive situations; all energies are devoted to providing viewers the best news coverage each station can possibly generate. So I wasn’t surprised to hear that the marketing and creative services departments at Boston’s stations also recognized how the gravity of the Boston Marathon bombings changed their roles. So what did they do?
As websites are quickly becoming a go-to source for breaking news, broadcasters are urged to make sure their sites are optimized to handle unexpectedly large amounts of traffic. Internet Broadcasting’s Elmer Baldwin says stations “have got to be committed to the digital business being serious — and very important to our audience. It’s not just high-powered antennas. The Web is no longer just marketing for a station. It’s absolutely critical … and the primary breaking news source.”
TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell talks with WCVB Boston GM Bill Fine and News Director Andrew Vrees about what their station and city went through in those five intense days of almost nonstop coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt.
A tension-filled day gave way to a night of celebration, relief and even revelry on the streets of Watertown as a suspected Boston Marathon bomber was apprehended and the local TV stations — WBZ, WCVB, WFXT and WHDH as well as cable’s NECN — tracked every moment.
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.
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.
The three-year deal will phase out fees paid to anchors and reporters for on-air appearances — a hotly contested issue during negotiations — in exchange for a 2 percent increase in their base salaries.
The Boston NBC affiliate is expanding its Today in New England by an hour beginning Aug. 22.
With contract talks with AFTRA at an impasse, the Sunbeam Boston NBC affiliate says bias is not a problem.