I've got a piece posted today on the CBS News Public Eye site suggesting that the recent history of anchor moves in Boston television might give CBS officials some clues about how to select their next permanent anchor.
As I mentioned in yesterday's "What's Up at Herald Square?" post, the Globe's Steve Bailey had an eye-opening column reporting that Rupert Murdoch -- of all people -- was talking about having the Boston Globe print some copies of his New York Post, a move that seemed strange given Murdoch's longtime relationship with Herald publisher Patrick Purcell and the fact that he once owned the Boston tabloid.
My theory about which local TV station wins the "sweeps" ratings periods is simple. Whichever one sends out a press release. (Because in this case, no news is usually bad news.)
So, here are WFXT's (Channel 25) brand new numbers touting its demographic superiority in the late newscast wars in the February sweeps. Remember that WFXT and WLVI (Channel 56) have 10 o'clock newscasts as opposed to the 11 o'clock show for WBZ (CBS4), WCVB (Channel 5), and WHDH (Channel 7)
Holy Stephen Glass, Batman!
Here's the editor's note posted on the Village Voice web site acknowledging fabrication in this week's cover story by Nick Sylvester -- as well as a brief confession from the now suspended Sylvester. (In the interests of full disclosure, Sylvester has written occasional music and humor pieces for the Phoenix.
Atlantic owner David Bradley just sent Media Log this email description of his selection of James Bennett as his new editor. Here's his story.
Chet Curtis's long and distinguished anchoring career seemed over when Channel 5 exiled him to weekends ago after his famous breakup with Natalie Jacobson. But at regional cable news outlet NECN, the old "crooner" has redefined himself as a kind of Larry King of Boston. Read about Chet's second act in "Don't Quote Me" in this week's Phoenix.
The Atlantic Monthly finally has its new editor, Timesman James Bennett. I don't believe his name was among those mentioned when the New York Observer recently tried handicapping the editor's sweepstakes.
The best line in the Times story today comes from Atlantic owner David Bradley, who has an unusual way with words.
New WBUR boss Paul La Camera takes a stand on principle.
And here's absolutely the best news political reporters in this state could have gotten.
Like my friend Dan Kennedy, I was intrigued by the piece in today's Globe by Steve Bailey, indicating among other things, that Rupert Murdoch might be willing to put some dollars in the New York Times Co. coffers by letting the Globe print the New York Post.
Then there is Bailey's reporting on the state of the sale/refi of the Herald: