Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 2015 Ratings Results

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The ratings results for August 2015 have been released, and it was an extremely close month for most stations.

The morning news timeslots seemed to be pretty even this month. Highlights:

  • FOX 25 Morning News won the early morning timeslots at 4:00am and 4:30am
  • WCVB’s EyeOpener won the late morning timeslots at 5:00am and 6:00am.
  • FOX 25 Morning News saw a bit of a decline at 6:00am, falling to 3rd place behind WHDH’s Today in New England, from 2nd place last month.
  • The 7:00am-9:00am time period saw a big shakeup, with FOX 25 Morning News falling to third place from its usual first place. The Today Show led the timeslot with Good Morning America coming in at a close second.

The noon newscast was another close race between WCVB and WHDH. Highlights:

  • WHDH’s noon newscast won with a 0.9 rating over WCVB’s 0.8.
  • WBZ’s noon newscast followed in third place with a 0.3.

In the early evenings, WCVB and WHDH were neck and neck at 5pm. Highlights:

  • WCVB led at 5:00pm, with WHDH not far behind, followed by WBZ and WFXT.
  • WCVB had a slight lead at 6:00pm with a 1.9, followed by WHDH’s 1.5 in second place.
  • At 6pm, WBZ came in third place with a 0.9, bumping WFXT to last place in the timeslot with a 0.8.

The late evening news race saw the biggest shakeup of any timeslot this month. Highlights:

  • WHDH overtook WFXT at 11:00pm with a 1.5, bumping WFXT to third place with a 1.0, following slightly behind WCVB’s second place 1.1 rating in the timeslot. WBZ came in fourth with a 0.5.
  • WHDH’s 10pm newscast on WLVI saw a slight growth this month, and even achieved more viewers than WBZ’s 11pm newscast. This bumped WBZ’s 11pm newscast to sixth place in the All Late Evening News Group (the combined 10pm and 11pm ratings in one category).
  • FOX 25’s 10pm newscast was the highest rated late newscast for the eighth month in a row.

WCVB won every timeslot in the Households and Total Viewers demographics this month.

View the complete A25-54 ratings chart below, and read the press release from WCVB. (WFXT release coming shortly)

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WCVB August Ratings Press Release

WFXT August Ratings Press Release

Blair Miller Joining FOX 25 as Anchor/Reporter

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Blair Miller will be joining WFXT-TV FOX 25 News as an anchor/reporter in mid-September, the station tells Boston Media Watch.

Miller will co-anchor the weekend evening newscasts with Elizabeth Hopkins, and will serve as a general assignment reporter during the week.

“Blair is a terrific journalist with a strong commitment to the community where he lives and works,” said Tom Raponi, WFXT Vice President and General Manager.  “He has a keen ability to connect with the people in his stories and with the viewers.”

Blair comes to FOX 25 from Cox Media Group sister station WSOC-TV Eyewitness News in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has been an anchor and reporter for 13 years. He joined the station in June 2002 as a weekend evening anchor and reporter before being promoted to the weekday evening news desk in 2010.

“We are glad to have Blair expand his role in our company and provide strong investigative reports to the viewers in the Boston area,” said WSOC Television, Inc. Vice President and General Manager Joe Pomilla.

Miller was instrumental in WSOC-TV’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers play-off coverage, and numerous exclusive interviews.  He has received many honors for his reporting and anchoring, including two Emmy awards in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Miller was named Anchor of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

Prior to working at WSOC, Blair worked as an anchor and reporter for WCBD-TV NBC 2 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Blair has covered a large amount of stories in the field for WSOC, including traveling to Virginia after the deadly Virginia Tech shootings and reporting from Houston when the Carolina Panthers appeared in the Super Bowl. Blair has also traveled the world reporting from Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Sarajevo, Bosnia.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Blair enjoys spending time with his family, including his two sons and two boxers, Buckeye and Laguna.

Blair is one of many personalities to join FOX 25 from sister station WSOC since Cox Media Group took over the station. Reporter Kathryn Burcham and Reporter Stephanie Coueignoux (who joins the station later this month) both worked at WSOC.

Tina Martin Joins WGBH News as Reporter

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Tina Martin has joined WGBH News as a reporter, she tells Boston Media Watch.

“I am so happy to be telling stories in my hometown of Boston,” said Martin. “WGBH is the perfect place for me to do my best work.”

As a reporter for WGBH News, Tina can we seen on WGBH-TV 2 and WGBX-TV PBS 44’s Greater Boston and can be heard on WGBH-FM 89.7’s morning show.

Tina first joined WGBH as a producer a few months ago, and was quickly promoted to an on-air reporter by General Manager Phil Redo. “We realized what a good reporter she is and now she is covering the city,” Redo said. “We are excited to have her here.”

In addition to working for WGBH, Tina also blogs for  the Huffington Post.

Prior to working here in Boston, Tina worked as an anchor and reporter for WFSB-TV Eyewitness News, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut. While at WFSB, Tina anchored the weekend morning newscasts and hosted a weekly segment called Tina Around Town, which was honored by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in the 2010 Excellence in Journalism contest. She was also chosen as the Best Local TV Reporter by the readers of Hartford Magazine in the 2011 Best of Hartford Contest.

Tina also worked as a freelance reporter at Worcester News Tonight and New England Cable news for a year, and served as a freelance writer for WCVB in Boston.

Tina started in Boston as a reporter, anchor, writer, and producer for 95.9 WATD-FM.  Tina’s radio work on the 2004 Democratic national convention won an Associated Press award in 2005. She is the first African American in that station’s history to win the award, which made national headlines.

Tina graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism.

Mike Beaudet Leaving FOX 25 to Pursue Education Career

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Emmy award-winning journalist Mike Beaudet will be leaving WFXT-TV FOX 25 News in September to become a full-time journalism professor at Northeastern University right here in Boston. The announcement was made today by News Director Lee Rosenthal in an email to staff.

“Mike’s investigative reporting has had a lasting impact on New England viewers. His enterprise stories covered everything from organized crime to government waste and corruption,” said Rosenthal. “Those reports have gotten results and set the bar higher for quality investigations in the Boston television market.”

Mike thanked the viewers on Twitter earlier this afternoon. “Thank you to the viewers who let me tell their stories,” he said. “P.S. Don’t rest too easy bad guys, I’ll still do investigative journalism,” he added.

Mike has been with FOX 25 for 19 years, and was an original member of the station’s reporting team when WFXT launched newscasts in 1996. While at FOX 25, Mike has reported for the station’s investigative unit “Fox Undercover.” Recently, Mike began anchoring the Sunday evening broadcasts alongside Elizabeth Hopkins.

During his 19 years in Boston, Mike has received over 15 New England Emmy awards. His most recent award came in 2014 following a series of reports exposing government dysfunction. In 2011, Mike and his team were awarded an Associated Press Award as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation they conducted into a state worker who ran marathons while claiming to be too injured to work. Mike and the FOX 25 investigative unit were awarded the Award of Excellence by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their coverage of drunk driving and underage drinking issues.

Before joining FOX 25, Mike worked as an anchor/reporter for WMUR-TV News 9 in Manchester, New Hampshire for two years after working for WLBZ-TV NBC 2 in Bangor, Maine as an anchor/reporter for nearly a year and a half.

A Massachusetts native, Mike graduated from Emerson College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. In 2008, Mike received his Masters in Journalism from Northeastern.

Mike leaves FOX 25 in late September. Best wishes to him as he embarks on his new adventure.