CBS Drops July 4 Boston Pops Concert

BOSTON (AP) – For the first time in more than 20 years, the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will not be televised nationally.

The Boston Globe reports that CBS declined to renew a contract with producers of the show, which will appear locally on WBZ-TV.

The show’s executive producer, David Mugar, says ratings for the Independence Day event have fallen in recent years.

The Boston Pops concert and fireworks show draw more than 500,000 visitors to the Charles River Esplanade, free of charge.

The show has featured stars such as Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride. This year, it will have a more local focus, headlining Massachusetts native and blues singer Susan Tedeschi and Ayla Brown, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.

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Carl Schulman says:

June 17, 2013 at 9:05 am


    Andrea Rader says:

    June 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    The local reaction has been largely positive. Keeping the event Boston-centric with less focus on national acts is seen as a plus.

Jeff Groves says:

June 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

Some Cable Network will probably pick it up, which means yet ANOTHER Event has been taken off Free TV (And the Cable Companies will use this as another excuse to raise their rates). 🙁

    Andrea Rader says:

    June 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    A&E carried the Boston 4th (via Hearst’s WCVB) for years before CBS picked it up.

Robert Crookham says:

June 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm


Keith ONeal says:

June 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

“A Capitol Fourth” on PBS is better anyway.

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