Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Best News Bloopers of February 2015

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The Best News Bloopers of February 2015 have made YouTube in a video posted by user NewsBeFunny.

Among the bloopers in the video include a reporter dipping a microphone into the water, a Minneapolis news team dancing to Taylor Swift, and a meteorologist who is very fond of the “Poop” emoji.

Keep an eye out for WCVB’s Antoinette Antonio. While she was covering one of the many storms in February on Plum Island, the wind nearly blew her away, forcing her to hold on to a car to avoid being blown away.

Kayna Whitworth Bids Farewell to WHDH

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WHDH Today In New England co-anchor Kayna Whitworth anchored her last newscast on the station this morning. Kayna is headed out west to be closer to her fiancee, former 7News sports reporter Rhett Lewis.

“We are saying goodbye to a good friend,” said Christa Delcamp, Kayna’s co-anchor on Today In New England. “After two years of early mornings and alarm clocks Kayna is saying goodbye.”

Kayna told viewers this morning “My personal life is taking me on a bit of an adventure that’s taking me away from Boston, which is sad for me because I love it here.” Kayna then went on to thank the entire crew at WHDH.

Prior to coming to Boston in December of 2012, Kayna was the morning news anchor at KOLD-TV CBS 13 in Tuscon, Arizona. Kayna covered a variety of stories while working in Arizona, including the shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She’s also covered border wars, wildfires, and has served as the spokesperson for the Southern Arizona chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, according to her bio on Kayna also filled in on KMSB-TV FOX 11 as part of the shared services agreement between the two stations.

Before working in Arizona, Kayna served as morning anchor/reporter at KBCI-TV CBS 2 in Boise, Idaho. She solo anchored the three-hour morning show, and served as a multi-media journalist for the evening newscasts.

Kayna got her on-air start at KTVZ-TV NBC 21 in Bend, Oregon, where she served as an anchor and reporter for three years. Kayna anchored the morning show, and also served as a multi-media journalist and sports reporter. Before making her debut on the air, Kayna worked as a sports intern at FOX Sports.

Kayna is a native of Colorado, and graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies. While working in Boston, Kayna has taken part in the Best Buddies Challenge, which is a bike ride to raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities.

WCVB, WFXT Attract Strong Ratings in A25-54 Demographic During February Sweeps

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The February Sweeps rating period proved to be a tight race between all Boston stations in the A25-54 demographic.

Early risers at 4:30AM chose WFXT-TV’s FOX 25 Morning News as their choice for morning news, weather, and traffic. WCVB’s EyeOpener was a close second, and WBZ This Morning came in third.

When many viewers began to tune in at 5AM, WCVB’ EyeOpener attracted the most viewers, followed by the FOX 25 Morning News, WHDH’s Today in New England, and WBZ This Morning.

The 6AM hour of news was no different, with WCVB’s EyeOpener again having the most viewers, followed by the FOX 25 Morning News, WHDH’s Today in New England, and WBZ This Morning.

The 7-9AM time slot proved to be a historic one for the FOX 25 Morning News. WFXT crushed the ratings period, achieving the highest ratings in the 7-9AM slot since 2009. Good Morning America was a distant second, followed by the TODAY Show and CBS This Morning.

At noon, it was a tight race between WCVB and WHDH, but WCVB achieved a 1.2 score over WHDH’s 1.1. WBZ followed in third place with a 0.7. Please note that these ratings only cover the 12:00-12:30PM time slot. Numbers were not available for the second half of WHDH’s newscast.

WCVB once again won the 5PM timeslot with a 2.1 rating, followed by WHDH with a 1.8, WBZ with a 1.3, and WFXT with a 0.8.

The same goes for 6PM, where WCVB attracted the most viewers, followed by WHDH, WFXT, and WBZ.

In all late news Monday-Sunday evenings, WFXT attracted more viewers for their 10PM and 11PM broadcasts than any other late newscast. WHDH’s 11PM newscast came in third, followed by WCVB’S 11PM newscast and WBZ’s 11PM newscast.

WFXT was also the most watched 11PM news in the M-F and M-Su categories. On M-F nights, WCVB placed in second, followed by WHDH and WBZ. In the M-Su category, WHDH came in second, followed by WCVB and WBZ.

While the A25-54 demographic was a tight race, WCVB won all newscasts in the total viewers 2+ and total households for the month.

View WCVB’s Press Release here.

View WFXT’s Press Release here.

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Paul Magnes Named VP and GM of WHDH/WLVI


Sunbeam Television, the owner of WHDH-TV NBC 7 and WLVI-TV CW 56, has named Paul Magnes Vice President and General Manager of the duopoly. Magnes previously served as the station’s director of sales. He succeeds Robert Burns, who recently resigned from the station.paul magnes

“I am excited to begin my new role at the station, and look forward to working with the team that brings Boston viewers the news they want to see each and every day,” Magnes told TVSpy.

“Paul is an excellent executive and will do a great job as general manager of our two stations in Boston,” said Ed Ansin, the owner of Sunbeam Television.

Paul has been working in Boston television since 1997. He started in Boston at WLVI-TV as National Sales Coordinator before becoming an Account Executive. Paul took a brief break from WLVI when he joined WBZ-TV CBS 4 as an account executive, where he worked for four years.

Paul then returned to WLVI, where he became Local Sales Manager until 2009, when he made the move to WHDH to work in the same role. In September of 2014, Paul was named Director of Sales for the station.

Before coming to Boston, Paul worked as a national sales assistant for HRP in New York City. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1996 with a BA in Corporate Communications.

He starts his new role immediately.

103.3 AMP Radio’s Slater Leaving for New Opportunity


Dustin Carlson (Slater), night DJ and Creative Director at 103.3 WODS-FM AMP Radio, has confirmed that he will be leaving the station in a few weeks in order to take a new job, which he says is more in line with his career ambitions.

“The crew at AMP and CBS Radio have been incredibly supportive of my decision and have gone out of their way to make this a smooth transition for me. I will really miss all my new friends in Boston. I’ll definitely be back for a visit!” said Slater.

Before coming to Boston, Slater worked for stations in Denver, Colorado; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and, most recently, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Slater grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, and started his radio career during his senior year in high school. He spends his summers in the water, and his winters snowboarding.

Slater is expected to leave AMP Radio in the coming weeks.

Best of luck, Slater!

Malini Basu Joining FOX 25 as Reporter

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WFXT-TV FOX 25 continues to expand its newsroom after being sold to COX Media Group in October. Their latest addition is Malini Basu, who will join the station as a general assignment reporter on Monday, March 2.

Malini most recently served as a general assignment reporter at KHOU-TV 11 in Houston, Texas. She joined the station in February 2012.

Before moving to the Lone Star State, Malini served as a general assignment reporter at WVIT-TV NBC 30 in Hartford, Connecticut. Malini’s most memorable story while reporting in Connecticut was the freak October snowstorm where nearly 700,000 people were without power for days or even weeks.

Prior to working in Hartford, Malini was a reporter and weekend morning anchor at WLNE-TV ABC 6 in Providence, Rhode Island. Malini covered crime stories for the station, some which made national headlines. Other stories Malini covered while working at WLNE-TV include the “Craigslist Killer,” the 2011 New England Tornado outbreak, and even a few presidential visits to Rhode Island.

Malini has also served as a freelance news reporter for WSYR-TV, and got her on-air start at WPTZ/WNNE in Burlington, Vermont, where she was a general assignment reporter for the station’s evening newscasts.

Before working in front of the camera, Malini worked as a Field Producer/Writer at WNYW FOX 5 in New York, and as a News Assistant/Photographer at NY1 News.

Malini grew up in Queens, New York, and graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in communications and a minor in business. She speaks fluent Bengali and enjoys working out, hiking, biking, volunteering, reading, and “just being spontaneous!”

NECN Debuts New Set and Graphics

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After an extremely long wait, New England Cable News debuted it’s new state of the art studio last Wednesday. Along with the new studio, updated graphics and music also debuted.

Last August, NECN debuted the new, which sported a more modern design as well as an updated logo. NECN confirmed to Boston Media Watch last summer that the station would be going through an extensive renovation project to enhance the station as a whole.

“Over the last year, necn has gone through a complete revitalization with one goal in mind – to bring our viewers across New England the best breaking news and weather coverage possible,” said Mike St. Peter, Senior Vice President and General Manager of necn, who joined the network just over a year ago and is leading its transformation thanks to a significant investment from NBCUniversal.

Along with changing the station’s overall look, NECN also renamed its newscast. Here’s some of the changes that were noted when the new studio debuted:

  • All morning newscasts on NECN have been renamed to “necn THIS MORNING”
  • The 10:00AM-4:00PM newscasts* have been renamed to “necn TODAY”
  • The 4:00 and 5:00PM newscasts have been renamed to “necn NOW”
  • The 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00PM newscasts have been renamed to “necn TONIGHT”

The new studio, which debuted on Wednesday at noon, offers many features including:

  • 46 high definition monitors throughout the studio
  • A “working” weather center where the Early Warning Weather team can gather and present information to viewers
  • A rotating anchor desk
  • An interactive screen that will serve as a “giant iPad” for NECN’s staffers
  • A newly designed interview space

NECN’s studio is directly connected to the station’s newsroom (which also recently underwent an extensive renovation), which will now serve as an addition place for reporters to report their stories.

NECN, which is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the United States, currently presents about 70 hours of live programming each week.

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*Note: The 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM newscasts are a repeat of the 12PM newscast

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