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WCVB Adding Weekend Newscast at 5pm in November

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The following information was submitted to Boston Media Watch by WCVB-TV.

Beginning on Sunday, November 8, WCVB NewsCenter 5, Boston’s News Leader and local ABC Affiliate, will launch an additional hour of news on weekend evenings at 5:00-6:00PM entitled NewsCenter 5 at 5 expanding the news block to 5:00-6:30PM.  Depending on ABC network programming, the NewsCenter 5 at 5 weekend newscast will air on either Saturday or Sunday evening.  After the November 8 launch, the 5:00-6:00PM newscast will remain on Sundays through 2015.  In first-quarter of 2016, the newscast will air most often on Saturday evenings pending ABC scheduling.

Ed Harding and Heather Unruh will anchor the NewsCenter 5 at 5 on Sunday evenings with Meteorologist Mike Wankum and Sports Anchor Mike Lynch.  Pam Cross and Bob Halloran will anchor NewsCenter5 at 5 on Saturday evenings with Meteorologist Mike Wankum. 

“We are very excited about the addition of this new weekend newscast,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager. “The expansion will make WCVB the only television station in the Boston market to offer a newscast at 5:00PM on weekends, giving viewers more options to stay informed.”

“NewsCenter 5 remains dedicated to serving our community by providing the best news and information across times and platforms that are convenient,” said Andrew Vrees, WCVB News Director.  “This additional hour on weekends at 5:00PM gives viewers a new choice, and we’re pleased to make it available.”

Rounding out this new weekend coverage, viewers will also be able to catch news, sports, and weather headlines at their regularly scheduled times: NewsCenter 5 Weekend EyeOpener at 5:00AM, 6:00AM and 8:00AM, NewsCenter 5 Weekend at 6PM and 11PM; as well as on and the WCVB news app. 

WCVB Named Official Media Partner of Boston Medal of Honor Society Convention

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(Editor’s Note: The following information was submitted to Boston Media Watch by WCVB-TV. No endorsement intended.)

The Boston Convention Host Committee has announced WCVB Channel 5 as its Official Media Partner for the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s annual convention in Boston.

The CMOHS will hold its annual convention and Patriot Award Dinner in Boston for an unprecedented third time from September 15-20. Approximately 50 of the nation’s 79 living Medal of Honor Recipients will be in Boston for the event.

As Official Media Partner, WCVB will work with the Boston Host Committee to promote the visit to Boston by America’s most revered military heroes through media coverage, a Public Service Announcement and promotion of public events, including visits by Medal of Honor Recipients to Boston-area schools and the Massachusetts State House. WCVB EyeOpener anchor Randy Price, who began his television career with the American Forces Radio and Television Service as a member of the U.S. Air Force, will emcee the official welcome event on Wednesday, September 16 at the State House.  In addition, WCVB’s Phil Lipof  will serve as emcee of the dinner program on Friday, September 19 at the Seaport Hotel.  WCVB will also air an edition of its Chronicle program dedicated to the CMOHS’ visit to Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

“We are very pleased to have WCVB as our Official Media Partner,’’ said Tom Lyons, Chairman of the Boston Host Committee. “WCVB has a decades long reputation for broadcast and civic excellence and we are certain they will help us promote this unprecedented third convention in Boston by our nation’s Medal of Honor Recipients, who have a strong bond with Boston and its residents.’’

“Our support of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention is in keeping with our parent company Hearst’s corporate initiative in support of veterans,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  “The Medal of Honor Recipients have served our country with extraordinary bravery and valor and we are looking forward to working with the Host Committee to provide the due honor and recognition that these individuals so justly deserve.”

The Medal of Honor Recipients held their first Boston convention in October 2001 a month after postponing the event because of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Medal of Honor Society was the only organization to reschedule their Boston convention following 9/11.

The Medal of Honor Recipients returned to Boston in 2006 and were again welcomed warmly by the city. Their 2015 convention will mark the first time the Medal of Honor Recipients have held their convention three times in the same city.

The 2015 convention will culminate with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award Dinner on Sept. 19 at the Seaport Hotel Boston where the Recipients will honor Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Bob Woodruff of ABC News and celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, for their commitment to our veterans and men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.

For more information about 2015 Medal of Honor Society Convention please visit and Boston Medal of Honor Convention on Facebook.

Jeff Stoecker Joins WCVB as Freelance Reporter

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Jeff Stoecker has joined ABC affiliate WCVB-TV as a freelance reporter, Boston Media Watch first reported on Tuesday evening.

Jeff comes to Boston from WVIT-TV NBC Connecticut in Hartford where he served as a weekend evening anchor and investigative reporter for the “Troubleshooters” franchise for 6 years.

Jeff left the NBC owned station earlier this year after multiple conversations with management. “I had conversations with management as far back as last summer where I told them I wasn’t interested in staying in my current position. There are no surprises here,” he said at the time. He also stated he left the station to “pursue new opportunities.”

Before working in Hartford, Jeff was a reporter at WTEN-TV, the ABC affiliated station in Albany, New York for 3 years.

Jeff has also served as a reporter for KGWN-TV CBS 5 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and for WUTR-TV, the ABC affiliated station in Utica, New York.

Jeff graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications.

Jeff’s first day at WCVB was yesterday. You can watch his first report below.

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.

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

Erika Tarantal Returning To WCVB on June 18th

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WCVB-TV Anchor/Reporter Erika Tarantal will be returning to the station from maternity leave next Thursday, June 18th. She has been on maternity leave since giving birth to a baby girl, Grace, in late March.

Erika recently took part in the Kelley for Ellie Fashion Show event in Boston on Monday night, a fundraiser to raise money for the Ellie Fund. Former WCVB anchor Susan Wornick started the event nine years ago to honor Kelley Tuthill, a WCVB reporter who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Erika joined WCVB in February 2014. She anchors the noon newscasts alongside Emily Riemer, and reports during the station’s EyeOpener newscast.

Tarantal previously worked at WNBC in New York, WVIT in Hartford, and at News 12 the Bronx. Erika started her broadcasting career at WHDH in Boston where she was a production assistant.

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