What's been happening in America's #5 TV News market?
Here are some Boston market updates...
OCT. 4, 2004
The Boston market has been officially re-named as the United States' fifth largest market. Up until now it had been #6. (Source: BTVN)
OCT. 4, 2004
Jodi Applegate leaving Fox 25
Jodi Applegate is leaving her position as co-anchor of "Fox 25 Morning News" to go to WNYW-TV (Fox) in New York to co-anchor "Good Day New York." Applegate's husband, Fox 25 Sports anchor Rob Nikoleski is also leaving for New York. No dates have been released for their departure. Nikoleski's replacement will be NECN's Mark Ockerbloom, but no replacement has been named for Applegate as of yet.
OCT. 4, 2004
CBS 4 announces new anchor line-up
-- WBZ-TV 4 (CBS) replaced evening anchor Joe Shortsleeve with on-again off-again CBS 4 reporter Josh Binswanger today.
Binswanger was a weekend anchor at WBZ until 4 years ago. Since then he has worked at A & E.
In addition, CBS 4 has a new anchor line-up for its hour-long 4 p.m. newscast. Sara Underwood and Jack Williams will now anchor the newscast for the full hour. This means that Kim Carrigan, who anchored from 4:30 to 5 with Jack Williams, is out. She has officially been cut from the station (more info about Carrigan below.)
The news about the anchor change ups was released on September 8, 2004. The change at 4 p.m. took place on that date, but the replacement of Shortsleeve did not take place until October 4, 2004.
Joe Shortsleeve, who has been the station's primary co-anchor for the past 7 years, has now been named "CBS4 Chief Correspondent."
"Shortsleeve will be the lead reporter for CBS4ís 4, 6, and 11PM newscasts, and he will spearhead breaking news as well as enterprise reports for CBS4," said a CBS4 press release.
As for Kim Carrigan, the station has not publicly released any information on her status. However, the station has removed her bio from their Web site and, according to several Boston TV Market chat rooms, one of which sites the Boston Herald's "Fast Track" column, Carrigan is definitely OUT.
To reiterate, here is what the new CBS4 anchor line-up looks like:
5AM (and 7am on UPN 38): Paula Ebben, Scott Whale, Barry Burbank
Noon: Liz Walker, Jack Williams, Barry Burbank
4pm(full hour): Jack Williams, Sara Underwood, Ed Carroll, Bob Lobel
6 & 11 pm: Lisa Hughes, Josh Binswanger, Ed Carroll, Bob Lobel
Nightcast at 10 on UPN 38: Sara Underwood, Ted Wayman, Ed Carroll, Bob Lobel
SEPT. 22, 2004
-- WBZ-TV 4 (CBS) announced this week that weekend evening co-anchor Paula Ebben will be replacing Kerry Connolly as weekeday morning news anchor on CBS-4 News 'In the Morning' from 5-7 a.m. and (WBZ's sister station) UPN-38's 'Morning News' from 7-8 a.m.
Connolly is reportedly pursuing different work hours at WBZ in order to spend more time with her new husband.
SEPT. 3, 2004
-- WFXT-TV 25 (Fox) recently announced the expansion of the stations 5 p.m. newscast from 30-minutes to 1-hour. The newscast will air weekedays from 5-6 p.m. and will be anchored by David Wade and Maria Stephanos, meteorologist Kevin Lemanowitz and sports director Butch Stearns.
May 30, 2004
-- WBZ-TV 4 (CBS) announced that the staion will be dropping their 5-6 p.m. newscast in order to air syndicated talk show "Dr. Phil" during that time slot. The station also announced that it will be starting a newscast one hour earlier, from 4-5 p.m. instead. The newscast will be anchored from 4-4:30 p.m. by Joe Shortsleeve and Lisa Hughes and from 4:30-5 p.m. by Jack Williams and Kim Carrigan.
The Dr. Phil show, which is produced by Oprah Winfrey, was moved from its 3 p.m. time slot just as the show was doing well. Intresetingly, the show was not moved to the 4 p.m. time slot, which is currently being filled by Winfrey's show, "Oprah" on WCVB-TV 5 (ABC).
May 3, 2004
-- WBZ-TV 4 (CBS) recently changed the name of their news operations from "WBZ 4 News" to "CBS 4 News." However, the general format of the newscasts remains the same.
-- WCVB-TV 5 (ABC) recently announced the creation of a new weekend morning newscast. The newscast airs from 6-8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and it anchored by Kelly Tuthill and Rhondella Richardson with meteorologist Dave Epstein. The newscast was created in response to ABC's decision to create a weekend version of "Good Morning America," which airs weekends at 8 a.m.