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Past, Present, and Future with Cindy Fitzgibbon

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Get to know more about Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon in this week’s Past, Present, and Future!

Cindy Fitzgibbon has been a meteorologist for WCVB-TV’s StormTeam 5 since April 2013. She provides the forecast on the morning EyeOpener newscasts as well as for the midday newscasts.

Cindy is no stranger to the Boston area. For almost a decade, she was the meteorologist for the FOX 25 Morning News at WFXT-TV. While at FOX25, Cindy received an Associated Press award for Best Weathercast as well as three Emmy nominations.

Before moving to Boston, Cindy forecasted the weather at WBBH-TV NBC2 in Fort Meyers, Florida, where she covered two hurricanes for the station. Cindy has also worked for WPTZ-TV in Burlington, Vermont, and for KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota.

1.) What moments in your past do you believe helped you get to where you are today?
I believe every single moment of my broadcast meteorology career has helped prepare me for where I am today.  May marks my 20th year as a broadcast meteorologist (say what)!  I consider every forecast- good or bad.. every storm- big or small … every day on air- perfect or far from it… all learning experiences.
2.) What has been your favorite assignment in your career?
Hmmm… over 20 years there’s been a lot to choose from.  I’ve covered my share of snow storms and tropical systems out ‘in the elements’ of course.  But I would have to say some of the more interesting places I’ve gotten to broadcast weather LIVE from during ‘calmer weather’ are among my favorite… from as far away as the Bahamas, as high up as the top of a Ferris wheel, from on board a coast guard cutter to knee deep in the ocean.  It’s fun to have a broadcasting adventure every now and then!
3.) What is the best part about being a meteorologist?
The scientist in me like the challenge of the forecast… the broadcaster in me likes sharing that information with people so they are prepared.  When the weather is severe, it is a safety issue, our message can save lives and property.  On a day to day basis, what I am telling people simply gets them ready for their day.  I have been delivering my ‘morning forecast’ in this market for more than a decade.  Over the course of those years I have developed a relationship with viewers… people tell me they’ve been ‘waking up with me’ for years and they ‘love waking up with me’.  I value the connections I’ve established with viewers most of all.  Maya Angelou said“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. 
4.) What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?EyeOpener Team
I’m not sure I’ve had one yet… but if I had to choose, the answer would be consistency.  Pick a day, any day and you pretty much always get the same thing from me.  My best, always.  The epic winter we just endured with Boston’s record setting snowfall sure made that a challenge!  Endless hours of live coverage tracking storms, sleeping at the station, and then boom- onto the next storm.  This past winter was a test of endurance for sure! 
5.) If you could interview one person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Simple… Mother Nature.  Just when I think I’ve figured her out, she always throws me a curve ball.
6.) If you could have chosen a different career, what would it have been?
Not sure really, I’ve wanted to be a meteorologist since I was in the 6th grade.  I love my weather school visits when I’ve able to schedule them in and have contemplated teaching elementary or middle school.  I’ve also been told many times that I have great dresses (I’m a little obsessed)…so maybe a clothing designer!
7.) What are your ambitions for the future?
I am very happy at WCVB and plan to continue forecasting here for a good long while.   Maybe getting a little more sleep would be something to strive for :)
How much do you know about the off-air Cindy Fitzgibbon?
Cindy's two sons, Caleb and Cameron.

Cindy’s two sons, Caleb and Cameron.

1.) What is your favorite app?
Outside of the WCVB weather app I’d have to say Pandora… I love how I can tailor it to my mood so easily with so little effort- and I can always have fresh music.
2.) What is your favorite food?
Sadly, anything with sugar.  I have the worst sweet tooth!
3.) What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?
I love bringing my boys into the city to walk around and explore.  One of their favorite things to do in the summer is splash around in the Rose Kennedy Greenway fountains and cool off.
4.) What is your favorite vacation destination?
I’m a WARM weather destination fan… anywhere in the Caribbean will do- as long as it’s not hurricane season!
5.) What are three things you cannot live without?
Coffee, family, friends… not necessarily in that order!

Celine McArthur Joining NH1 News as Investigative Reporter

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Boston Media Watch has learned that Celine McArthur will be joining the NH1 News Network on WBIN-TV 18 in Concord, NH as an investigative reporter. She will report for the station’s investigative unit, “NH1 News Investigates.”

Celine McArthur

Celine comes to New England from Jacksonville, Florida, where she most recently served as a Strategic Communications Consultant who designs strategic multimedia communication plans for entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators, and political leaders across the country.

From 2009 to 2012, Celine was the Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Previously, Celine was a News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WJAX-TV (then WTEV-TV) CBS 47 and WFOX-TV (then WAWS-TV) FOX 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. She originally joined the station in 2000 as weekend evening anchor and investigative reporter, but left the station in 2004. She joined KVUE-TV, the ABC station in Austin, Texas as a Medical News Reporter.

Celine returned to CBS 47/FOX 30 in 2005 as the weekend evening anchor, and was promoted to morning and noon anchor in 2008. While at CBS 47/FOX 30, Celine won multiple awards, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Justice.

Celine has also held news anchor positions at WBRE-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as at WICZ-TV FOX 40 in Binghamton, New York.

Celine graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, and received her Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Public Policy from American University in Washington, DC.

April 2015 Ratings Results

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Results for the April 2015 ratings period have been released. April was a big month for the Boston news stations, as today marks the beginning of the May Sweeps ratings period.

Here are the key highlights from the April period (A25-54 demographic):

  • WCVB and WFXT dominated the morning news race, with WFXT winning at 4:00 and 4:30AM as well as the 7-9AM period, and with WCVB winning at 5:00 and 6:00AM.
  • WHDH won the noon newscast ratings, beating WCVB by 0.07 points.
  • WCVB achieved strong victories in the 5PM and 6PM time slots ahead of WHDH, WFXT, and WBZ.
  • WHDH came out victorious in the 11PM time slot, achieving the highest ratings in both the Monday to Friday category as well as the Monday to Sunday category.

In the Household ratings demographic, WCVB dominated all categories, achieving the most viewers in every timeslot. WFXT came in second at 4:30 and 5:00AM, WHDH came in second at 6:00AM and 6:00PM, and WBZ came in second at noon, 5:00PM, and 11:00PM.

In the Total Viewers 2+ demographic, WCVB came in first across all time slots. WFXT came in second at 4:30 and 5:00AM, WHDH came in second at 6:00AM and 6:00PM, and WBZ came in second at noon, 5:00PM, and 11:00PM.

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Click here to view WFXT FOX25’s April Ratings Release

Click here to view WCVB NewsCenter 5’s Press Release

Source: NSI Live+ Same Day 03/26/2015-04/22/2015 (28 of 28 Days Included)

NECN Shuffles News Anchors, Adds Investigative and Consumer Units

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New England Cable News has announced changes to its anchor lineup. The network also announced that they have launched an investigative reporting unit as well as a consumer reporting unit.

The most notable change is the swap of morning and evening anchors. Current evening anchor Latoyia Edwards is moving to mornings alongside Brian Shactman and Chief Meteorologist Matt Noyes. The new morning team will anchor from 5:00-9:00am Monday through Friday, effective April 27th.

“Our new morning team is the next step in the evolution of NECN and is just the beginning of our new focus,” said Kenny Plotnik, VP of News at the network. “The team of Latoyia, Brian and Matt will bring a new energy to mornings with a focus on breaking news, weather and original content.”

The station is also shuffling around its late morning and early afternoon anchors on “necn TODAY.” Bridget Blythe will anchor the 9:00AM hour with Chief Meteorologist Matt Noyes, Brian Shactman will anchor the 10:00AM hour with Meteorologist Nelly Carreño, and Latoyia Edwards will anchor the 11:00AM hour alongside Carreño. The station’s noon broadcast will now be anchored by Bridget Blythe and Steve Aveson with Meteorologist Nelly Carreño.

The 4:00PM newscast will be anchored by Mike Nikitas and Steve Aveson, making the pair the first male anchor team in Boston in over a decade. Meteorologist Nelly Carreño will provide the forecasts during the 4:00PM hour. Nikitas will also anchor necn Business at 6:30PM.

Current 5:00AM and 6:00AM anchors Kristy Lee and Brian Burnell will move to the 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM newscasts. The 9PM newscast will be anchored by Kristy Lee and Mike Nikitas.

NECN also announced the addition of an investigative reporting unit and a consumer reporting unit. The investigative unit, featuring reporter Ally Donnelly, will partner with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to expose government failure, wasteful spending and corruption, among other issues relevant to viewers across New England. The new consumer unit, which will feature anchor/reporter Leslie Gaydos, will advocate on behalf of local consumers, warning them of rip-offs and scams and helping them save money.

The revised anchor schedule is as follows:

5AM – 9AM: Latoyia Edwards, Brian Shactman, Matt Noyes

9AM – 10AM: Bridget Blythe, Matt Noyes

10AM – 11AM: Brian Shactman, Nelly Carreño

11AM – 12PM: Latoyia Edwards, Nelly Carreño

12PM – 1PM: Bridget Blythe, Steve Aveson, Nelly Carreño

4PM – 5PM: Mike Nikitas, Steve Aveson, Nelly Carreño

5PM – 6PM: Kristy Lee, Brian Burnell

6:30PM – 7PM (NECN Business): Mike Nikitas

7PM – 7:30PM: Kristy Lee, Brian Burnell

9PM – 10PM: Kristy Lee, Mike Nikitas

WGGB and WSHM Merge News Operations to Launch Western Mass News

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It’s a historic day for television news in Western Massachusetts. At noon today, Western Mass News launched as the merger of WGGB ABC 40, WSHM CBS 3, and FOX 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts was completed.

WMN-generic-300x169“Bringing these stations together will enable us to bring more resources to our news coverage, more unique content to our viewers and more choices for our advertisers,” Western Mass News Vice President / General Manager Klarn DePalma told MassLive. “This demonstrates our commitment to local news in Western Massachusetts. We believe this is the future of local media in this market and we’re proud to be leading the way.

Western Mass News will be broadcast on all three stations seven days a week from a new, state of the art studio at 1300 Liberty Street in Springfield, the original home of ABC 40 and FOX 6. WSHM CBS 3 produced their newscasts from rented facilities at Monarch Place, and moved out after their final 6PM newscast on Monday night.

“Our team has been working extremely hard to create a unique and powerful brand to serve our viewers,” said News Director Patience Hettrick, calling the merger of the three stations “an exciting time” for the Western Massachusetts region.

The merger of the three stations comes six months after the Iowa-based Meredith Corporation purchased ABC 40/FOX 6 from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million.

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