Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 2015 Ratings Results

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The June ratings period ended on Wednesday, and the results are here! How did your favorite Boston station do this month?

Mornings: The morning news race was one again dominated by WCVB & WFXT, with WFXT winning at 4am and 4:30am. The station also narrowly beat Good Morning America in the 7-9am timeslot, achieving a score that was 0.07 points ahead of GMA. WCVB’s EyeOpener achieved the highest ratings at 5am and 6am, with the 6am hour having the highest rating out of any newscast in the A25-54 demographic. WHDH & WBZ finished in 3rd and 4th place overall respectively.

Noon: The noon newscast was also an extremely close race. WCVB & WHDH finished with a 0.9, but WCVB’s score was 0.07 points ahead of WHDH’s. WBZ finished with a 0.4 rating.

Evenings: WCVB continued its dominance during the early evening newscats, achieving a 1.6 rating at 5pm. WHDH followed with a 1.3, followed by WBZ with a 0.8 and WFXT with a 0.6. WCVB received the highest ratings at 6pm with a 2.3, followed by WHDH with a 1.3, WFXT with a 1.1, and WBZ with a 0.9.

Late News: WFXT had the highest rated newscasts in the late news category. In the Monday-Friday late news category, WFXT’s 10pm newscast finished first with a 2.1 rating, followed by WFXT’s 11pm newscast with a 1.9, WHDH’s 11pm newscast with a 1.8, WCVB’s 11pm newscast with a 1.5, WBZ’s 11pm newscast with a 0.6, WHDH’s 10pm newscast on WLVI with a 0.6, and WBZ’s 10pm newscast on WSBK with a 0.4. WFXT lead at 11pm, followed by WHDH, WCVB, and WBZ respectively.

WCVB achieved the highest ratings across every newscast in the Household and Total Viewers categories.

Below, view the press releases from WCVB and WFXT.

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WCVB Press Release

WFXT Press Release

WCVB Wins 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast

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WCVB-TV Channel 5 has been awarded the 2015 National Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Newscast” in the Television (Large Market) category for its “Revere Tornado” coverage. The station won five out of twelve regional Edward R. Murrow Awards earlier this year, winning far more than any other television station in New England. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) presents the Murrow Awards annually. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

“This is an exciting time in broadcast journalism because today’s viewers have more options than ever before to consume their news,” said WCVB President and General Manager Bill Fine. “WCVB is committed to delivering the best, most comprehensive news coverage to our viewers across all our platforms, whether broadcast or digital, and is deeply rooted in serving our local community. To be recognized for our efforts by the RTDNA, an organization that upholds the journalistic standards of the legendary Edward R. Murrow, is extremely humbling and gratifying.”

“It is a great honor for WCVB to be recognized with a national Murrow award, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism,” said WCVB News Director Andrew Vrees. “This national Murrow award is a testament to the extraordinary talent and hard work of our NewsCenter 5 team. It is the highest form of praise to be recognized in such a way by our peers and I am very proud of our entire team.”

WCVB’s national Murrow award for “Newscast – Large Market” recognizes its NewsCenter 5 coverage of a destructive tornado that tore through Chelsea and Revere last July, with a path length of two miles and path width of 3/8th of a mile, and maximum wind gusts estimated at between 100 and 120 mph. WCVB’s regional Edward R. Murrow awards include Overall Excellence, Newscast, Breaking News Coverage, News Series and Website. This was the sixth consecutive year that WCVB received top honors in the regional “Overall Excellence,” “Newscast” and “News Series” categories. The RTDNA received more than 4,200 entries during the 2015 awards season, setting an all-time record for the third year in a row.

WCVB was also recently lauded “Best Newscast” at the Boston/New England Emmy® Awards as well as this year’s National Headliner Awards.

WGBH News Receives Honors for Radio from New York Festivals

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For the third year in a row, WGBH Radio earned prestigious recognition at the 2015 New York Festivals® International Radio Programs & Promos Awards. Each year, the New York Festivals honor the best in radio programming from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.

WGBH Radio’s reporting on the 2014 Back Bay Fire took the Bronze Medal in the category of best coverage of a breaking news story. The station also received three Finals for coverage of the Market Basket dispute (best coverage of ongoing news story), its ongoing examination of the middle class’s evolving identity with Rediscovering the Middle Class (best nonfiction series), and its look at New England’s energy challenges with Inside Vermont Yankee (environment and ecology).

“Recognition from the New York Festivals is one of the highest honors that a radio station can earn and I am proud to say that the WGBH Radio team has received acknowledgement for a third consecutive year. This year’s awards are perhaps the best reflection of the wide yet deeply local range of coverage that WGBH Radio strives to provide our listeners as Boston’s local NPR, from how science innovations will affect our future to the social issues that shape our communities.”

The recognition is the latest in a string of recent honors awarded to WGBH News, including the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for the weekly TV series, Beat the Press, national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple AP Awards for radio coverage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. The newsroom continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage and crafting the stories that only public media can tell.

The full list of 2015 New York Festivals finalists can be found here.

Jack Williams Retiring From WBZ After 40 Years

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After forty years working for WBZ-TV 4 in Boston, Jack Williams has officially made the decision to retire from the station. Jack stopped anchoring the 6pm newscasts in August 2014, but stayed with the station to continue his “Wednesday’s Child” series.

“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams at the time. “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials. It’s great to have the opportunity to focus on ‘Wednesday’s Child’ and continue to be a member of the WBZ family.”

Jack wasn’t always a news anchor. He started off as a radio DJ back in 1959. When a news anchor left, Jack took the role and “never looked back.” Jack joined WBZ in 1975.

“I came during the first year of bussing, which as an explosion of parochialism. People didn’t want change. People didn’t want any change. It was more than just racial,” Jack said.

Anchoring the news wasn’t Jack’s only role at Channel 4. In addition to hosting WBZ’s signature events and specials such as the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, a big part of his career included his Wednesday’s Child reports, which highlighted a special needs child in need of a home. Since Jack started the series in 1981, over 700 children have been placed into new homes.

In his 40 years at WBZ, Jack has covered numerous major news stories, from the Blizzard of 1978 to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the two suspects.

Jack has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Jack earned a 2014 Columbia duPont Award and a 2013 Peabody Award, both as part of WBZ’s coverage of the Marathon Bombings. Jack was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in 2012, and also received the prestigious Yankee Quill Award that same year. The Yankee Quill Award is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region.

All this week leading up to Jack’s final show on Thursday night, WBZ will be celebrating Jack’s career. Jack’s colleague, Lisa Hughes, told Chuck Nolan on 100.7 WZLX yesterday afternoon that viewers could see Jack on the anchor desk this week.

Thank you Jack for all you have done for the City of Boston in your 40 years as a journalist here. We wish you the best in your next endeavors.

Monica Madeja Joins NECN as Reporter

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Emmy-nominated journalist Monica Madeja has joined New England Cable News as a reporter. Monica made her debut on the regional news network last week.

Monica comes to Boston from duopoly WBRE-TV NBC/WYOU-TV CBS in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. During her five years at the Nexstar-owned station, Monica anchored Eyewitness News at Daybreak, the station’s morning newscast. She also reported for the segments A Little Buddy and Buddy Check, which focused on children up for adoption and the fight against breast cancer, respectively. In March 2014, Monica was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business in Northeast Pennsylvania. Monica was nominated for an Emmy award in 2013 for her reporting on WBRE’s 11pm newscast.

Before working in Pennsylvania, Monica was the morning anchor for KRCG-TV CBS 13 in Columbia, Missouri. She also worked as a multi-media journalist for the station and reported for the “Crimetracker” franchise.

Monica got her on-air start at WDEL 1150AM in Wilmington, Deleware as an anchor and reporter. She started her career as a desk assistant for KYW NewsRadio 1060AM in Philadelphia.

Monica graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.

WCVB Staffers Take To The Runway for the 9th Annual Kelley For Ellie Fashion Show

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The Ellie Fund hosted its annual Kelley for Ellie fashion show and fundraiser on June 8, 2015 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. This event was presented by The Slater Foundation, attracted nearly 350 guests and raised over $120,000.

Sponsored by WCVB-TV, guests were treated to delicious wines courtesy of 90+ Cellars, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, an exciting live auction and a fashion show featuring summer looks from Neiman Marcus Boston modeled by the newswomen (and newsmen!) of WCVB.

Patriots QB Tom Brady stopped by this year’s event to lend his support and visit cancer patients being assisted by the Ellie Fund.

Former WCVB News Anchor and Kelley for Ellie emcee Susan Wornick founded the event to honor colleague Kelley Tuthill who was diagnosed with Stage 3, Level 3 breast cancer on December 22, 2006. Shortly after Kelley’s diagnosis, the wife and mother of two young daughters made the brave decision to turn the camera on herself and chronicle her treatment regimen. Television cameras followed Kelley during her mastectomy, subsequent chemotherapy treatments, and recovery — documenting every step of the way in her online video diary.

Nine years later, Kelley’s health is excellent and the Ellie Fund has grown from serving 50 patients and their families to more than 700 each year.  Our annual Kelley for Ellie fashion show has also grown to become one of the most sought after event tickets due to the exciting nature of the event – full of hope, laughs, and great fashions.

“This is truly one of my favorite events of the year for the Ellie Fund,” said Ellie Fund Executive Director Gail Fine, “It not only celebrates Kelley’s tremendous recovery but also inspires and gives great hope to all of us who have been personally touched by this devastating disease. It is particularly special this year to recognize Kelley for her strong commitment to the Ellie Fund by bringing awareness to daily side effects of breast cancer treatment.”

The Ellie Fund was created in 1995 to provide essential support services to breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recover and healing.

“Receiving my diagnosis was unimaginable and truly devastating for me and my family,” says WCVB’s Kelley Tuthill. “Documenting my journey was not only therapeutic for me, but also allowed me to connect with other breast cancer patients. I applaud the Ellie Fund for recognizing and addressing the serious toll that treatment takes on breast cancer patients and their families. Their support goes beyond providing critical services, the Ellie Fund is a compassionate, hopeful partner in every patient’s journey.”

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FRONT: Olessa Stepanova (WCVB Traffic Anchor) Gail Fine (Ellie Fund Executive Director) Jim Lokay (WCVB Anchor) Heather Unruh (WCVB Anchor) Liz Brunner (former WCVB Anchor) Susan Wornick (former WCVB Anchor and event emcee) Antoinette Antonio (WCVB Anchor) Kelley Tuthill (WCVB Reporter) Shayna Seymour (Chronicle Reporter) Erika Tarantal (WCVB Anchor and Reporter) Bill Fine (WCVB President and General Manager) BACK ROW: Tom Brady – New England Patriots Quarterback, VIP guest J.C. Monahan (WCVB Anchor and Chronicle Anchor) David Brown (former WCVB Meteorologist) Credit: Dina Konovalov

In addition to The Slater Foundation, WCVB and Neiman Marcus Boston, the Kelley for Ellie event relies on a number of generous event contributors including award-winning Charles David Salons & Spas, Weldon Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, Boston Breast Diagnostic Center, Dependable Cleaners, First Commons Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Eastern Bank, Analogic, Silverlink Communications, Nancy & Rick Kelleher, Sara Campbell LTD, Epstein, Lipsey and Clifford, P.C. and Mercury Moving & Storage Systems.

WCVB Launches Public Service Campaign Focused on Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts

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Recent studies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston, in conjunction with various health care agencies, have determined that opioid use and addiction in Massachusetts have become an epidemic impacting every community and killing as many as 1,000 people in Massachusetts last year alone.  In an effort to expose this crisis and provide critical resource information, WCVB is launching a 13-week, multi-pronged public service campaign beginning Wednesday, June 17 with day-long, dedicated coverage entitled “5 On: Opioid Crisis.”

WCVB’s comprehensive community affairs initiative will include feature news reports, a series of public service announcements, digital media coverage and resources, community outreach, and special public affairs programming.

“Opioid addiction in the state has reached crisis proportions, and we want to educate our community of the seriousness and scope of this epidemic, how they can identify opioid use by family or friends, and what resources are available to those who need help,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  “By dedicating all of WCVB’s multi-platform resources to this public affairs campaign, we hope to curb addiction in the Commonwealth and help save lives.”

Beginning with NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener at 4:30AM continuing through Chronicle at 7:30PM, WCVB will focus on opioid addiction, its devastating effects, and what can be done to save lives with day-long coverage entitled “5 On: Opioid Crisis.”  NewsCenter 5 topics include the path to addiction, often starting with prescription painkillers; seeking help and why for so many it is difficult to find or get effective treatment in the state of Massachusetts; the difficulties faced on the road to recovery; and new plans in the state to improve treatment and make it more accessible in an effort to prevent the number of those overdosing.

In addition to the day-long news coverage, Wednesday’s Chronicle (7:30-8 PM) will focus on opioid addiction by putting a human face on the growing epidemic and will travel to local communities where drug abuse is taking a tragic toll.  The Chronicle team meets a twenty one year old girl from a Boston suburb whose high school drinking progressed to prescription drug abuse and then heroin.  Also featured is the story of a high school athlete whose sports injury led him to a fatal drug habit, an innovative recovery program inside the Middlesex House of Corrections, and a unique drug court that is a last chance lifesaver for many desperate people.  In addition, the Chronicle team talks with members of Governor Charlie Baker’s task force to learn how state and local officials are searching for solutions to the crisis.

Promo for “5 On: Opioid Crisis:”

In the coming weeks, WCVB will continue special news reports and digital media coverage ( as well as launch new public service announcements.  On The Record (WCVB’s political roundtable airing Sundays at 11 AM featuring timely and provocative discussions with local newsmakers) will welcome Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Sunday, June 21 to discuss opioids among other topics, followed by Attorney General Maura Healey on June 28 who will also discuss the opioid epidemic.  CityLine, WCVB’s award-winning urban news and feature magazine program airing Sundays at 12N, addressed the opioid crisis in Massachusetts this past Sunday with Dimock Center CEO Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan who discussed the center’s efforts to come up with new solutions to combat the reoccurring trend of Heroin overdose deaths — a dilemma that has urged Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, to declare a state of emergency.  CityLine will continue to examine the topic on upcoming programs.

The above information was submitted to BMW from WCVB-TV.

Image Credit: WCVB-TV

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