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Céline McArthur Promoted at NH1 News

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Céline McArthur has been promoted to weeknight 10pm anchor at WBIN-TV’s NH1 News in Concord, New Hampshire. Céline originally joined NH1 News as an investigative reporter in April before being promoted to anchor of the network’s weekend 10pm newscasts.

Céline announced the news on Facebook, saying, “Just anchored my final *weekend* show @ NH1 NEWS. Joining the anchor team on the BIG show: Weeknights at 10PM. Starting this week! Wow.”

Céline McArthur (via @CelineMcArthur)

Céline joined NH1 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, Céline was the Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Previously, Céline 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.

Céline 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, Céline won multiple awards, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Justice.

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

Céline 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.

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

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.

July 2015 Boston Ratings Results


The ratings results for the month of July have been released! How did your favorite station do in the all-important A25-54 demographic?

The local morning news race proved to be a tight one this month, with WFXT winning at 4:30am and winning slightly ahead of WCVB at 5am, finishing ahead in the nearest hundredth. WFXT also won their time periods at 4am and 7am, and beat out WHDH at 9am. Good Morning America on WCVB was the most watched network morning news this month.

WCVB extended its winning streak at noon, finishing ahead of WHDH in the nearest hundredth. Both stations scored a 0.7, followed by WBZ with a 0.2.

WCVB once again dominated the early evening news race, winning at 5pm with a 1.2, followed by WHDH with a 1.1, WBZ with a 0.8, and WFXT with a 0.7. At 6pm, WCVB came in first with a 1.9, followed by WHDH with a 1.2, WFXT with a 0.9, and WBZ with a 0.8.

The late evening news race was once again dominated by WFXT. The station’s 10pm newscast brought in more viewers than any other late newscast, with a 1.8 rating in both the Monday – Friday period and the Monday – Sunday period. WHDH’s 10pm newscast on WLVI and WBZ’s 10pm newcast on WSBK followed behind at 10pm with a 0.4 and 0.3 rating respectively.

At 11pm, WFXT led the race with a 1.5, followed by WHDH with a 1.4, WCVB with a 1.1, and WBZ with a 0.5.

Take a look at the complete ratings chart below. This post will be updated when we receive press releases from WCVB and WFXT.

July2015RatingsUpdatedSource: NSI July 2015 Report (7/02/2015-7/29/2015)

WCVB Ratings Press Release – July 2015

WFXT Ratings Press Release – July2015

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.

NH1 News Makes Changes to Anchor Lineup

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The NH1 News Network on WBIN-TV 18 in Concord, New Hampshire has made changes to the network’s anchor lineup.

Effective today, veteran New Hampshire broadcaster Charlie Sherman will begin co-anchoring the 5:00pm and 5:30pm newscasts with Shari Small. Sherman had previously served as the station’s weekend anchor. Small has been anchoring the 5:30pm broadcasts since WBIN launched NH1 News in September.

The 6pm newscast is seeing some changes as well. NH1 News Political Director Paul Steinhauser has been named co-anchor of the broadcast alongside current anchor Keke Vencill.

NH1’s top rated 10pm newscast will remain anchored by Keke Vencill and Paul Mueller. Mueller was recently named NH1’s Chief Investigative Reporter, and will continue anchoring the 10pm broadcasts while working on investigative stories.

However, these anchor teams may not be permanent. NH1 News tells Boston Media Watch that the station continues to evaluate Nielsen data and field research to identify the preferences and interests of New Hampshire news viewers in order to determine the best formula for great content and ratings.

NH1 News Revised Anchor Lineup

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