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.
NBC Planning To Launch O&O In Boston
NBC Owned Television Stations will launch its own station in Boston on Jan. 1, 2017, when NBC’s current affiliation with Ed Ansin’s WHDH is due to expire.
Valari Staab, president of the network station group, revealed the plans in a memo to employees today.
“This will be the 12th NBC station in our group, following last year’s launch of NBC Puerto Rico, which was station No. 11,” the memo says.
“We so look forward to delivering Boston area viewers the best local news, weather and information along with the NBC news, sports, primetime and late night programming they already know and enjoy.”
The Staab memo points out that NBC already has a large presence in the nation’s eighth largest TV market with Telemundo’s Spanish-language WNEU and NECN, a 24/7 cable news network.
With heavy investments in the two outlets, the memo says, “we have built a very strong news organization in the Boston market — both from a personnel and facilities perspective — which puts us in a great position to launch an NBC-owned station locally.
“Over the next year, we will be ramping up to prepare for the launch of our new station, including adding significantly to our local team.”
“Mike St. Peter, general Manager of NECN and Telemundo Boston, will lead our new NBC station as president, NBC Boston, NECN and Telemundo Boston,” the memo says.
Unclear is what broadcast channel the new O&O will use. One option is to double up on WNEU, according to a source familiar with the goings-on in Boston.
In addition to WHDH, the current NBC affiliate, Ed Ansin also owns the market’s CW affiliate, WLVI.
NBC attempted to acquire one of the two stations, but was rebuffed by Ansin, the source said.
The Staab memo says NBC has been acquiring programming for the new station, including NBCU’s new syndicated variety show, Harry, with host Harry Connick Jr. and Access Hollywood, another NBCU offering.