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  • December 12, 2005
    By webteam
    It's official. Peter "Pete" Bouchard (when your name is Peter, does Pete really count as a nickname?) takes over chief weather duties from the suddenly departed Todd Gross at Channel 7. Here's a piece of the release:

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    BOSTON, MA Monday, December 12, 2005.


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  • December 12, 2005
    By webteam
    The Project For Excellence in Journalism has a new study out today examining the content of three of these new compact commuter tabloids that are published -- or co-owned -- by big mainstream newspaper companies. They are the Boston Metro, in which the New York Times Co. has a 49 percent stake, the Express published by the Washington Post Co.

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  • December 09, 2005
    By webteam
    WRKO is unveiling a new nightly talk show that's being advertised as a lifestyle/entertainment kind of program. Here's the release:

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    WRKO AM 680, Boston's talk station, announces "Taste of Boston Tonight," a unique program focusing on entertainment and leisure activities in the Boston area, debuts on Monday, December 12.


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  • December 09, 2005
    By webteam
    The lefty press scrutinizer Media Matters for America has some big numbers on the Fox News Channel's "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" coverage of the so-called secular, liberal attack on Christianity during this holiday season.

    While I don't doubt that the folks at the "Fair & Balanced" cable newsie have been flogging this story to death, they're not the only ones guilty of once again hauling out this tired seasonal whine.

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  • December 08, 2005
    By webteam
    It's clearly a David v. Goliath story. But I'm rooting for Mike Felger's afternoon drive show on ESPN radio 890-AM to make life at least a tad uncomfortable for WEEI's powerful "Big Show," where he used to be a frequent, and oft-abused, guest.

    Felger's reasonably enlightened politics, appeciation of The Grateful Dead, and willingness to buck the conventional sports wisdom that congeals on the WEEI airwaves, makes him a nice alternative to the local sports talk culture.

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  • December 08, 2005
    By webteam
    You've got to feel a little sorry for the NBC folks. They have a telephone press conference today to celebrate "Today's" 10 straight years atop the morning news ratings, and you know every reporter only wants to ask Katie Couric about the stories that CBS is willing to break the bank to make her the next nightly news anchor.

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  • December 07, 2005
    By webteam
    This American Journalism Review story posted on the Poynter web site, raises a fascinating issue. It is reporters' increasing reliance on email -- rather than telephone or face-to-face -- interviews.

    As someone who finds himself increasingly conducting email interviews, usually at the subject's request, there can be no doubt that they are convenient, time-saving and do provide a more accurate record of what was said than a verbal conversation.

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  • December 07, 2005
    By webteam
    Speaking at Harvard University Monday night along with his old colleague Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward told the audience they could contact or email him at the Washington Post newsroom. (More about the Watergate duo's Cambridge appearance in tomorrow's Boston Phoenix.) Good luck. Everyone knows that at this point, Woodward is bascially a Post employee in name only.

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  • December 06, 2005
    By webteam
    One would hope otherwise, but this may be a case of Ford caving to pressure from the anti-gay activists in its media advertising strategy.
    Some day, not too far down the road, I believe this nonsense will be a thing of the past.
  • December 06, 2005
    By webteam
    First and foremost, here's an interview that Channel 7's just-departed meteorologist Todd Gross did with Max Preston of Boston TV News. There's not much new here and Gross seems very guarded.

    But one of the responses to the earlier Media Log entry "7 Mostly Mum on Gross" raises a serious ethical issue. One anonymous poster stated - as a fact -- that Gross had some poor work habits and then repeated a vague but disparaging rumor about him.

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  • December 06, 2005
    By webteam
    Richard Prince breaks the news in his column that former Globe national editor Ken Cooper is leaving the paper (scroll down to second item) after his department was essentially disbanded in the latest round of company-mandated cutbacks. Unfortunately, I guess that comes as no surprise.

    According to Prince's piece, Cooper was offered other positions at the Globe, but not the one he wanted which was the job of op-ed columnist.

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  • December 05, 2005
    By webteam
    This is the first, but surely not the last casualty of the Village Voice/New Times merger. Bye, bye Don Forst, former editor of the old pre-Murdoch Boston Herald and Boston magazine.
  • December 05, 2005
    By webteam
    Channel 7 spokeswoman Ginny Lund does confirm that after 21 years at the station, meteorologist Todd Gross "is no longer on our air" and that his last broadcast was Thursday. But when asked for an explanation, Lund responded that "I can't comment on personnel matters." She did say that for now, Pete Bouchard would be taking over for Gross during the 4 and 11 o'clock newscasts.

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  • December 05, 2005
    By webteam
    ABC has just revealed its post-Peter Jennings anchor team. Richard Prince notes the diversity implications of the Vargas pick.

    The team approach hasn't been a big winner in network newscasts, but I think ABC's smart to give it a shot.
  • December 05, 2005
    By webteam
    Thank God Media Log never sleeps, even when its author does. This posting on the blog from an anonymous source about the sudden departure of veteran Channel 7 meteorologist Todd Gross seems to match other reports currently circulating. We're trying to get more information.

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