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  • May 23, 2006
    By webteam
    Bill Koch, the extremely wealthy businessman, America’s Cup winner, and art aficionado who was recently seen demanding (and getting) a Globe apology for an unflattering column weighed in on the heated Cape Cod wind farm debate with this op-ed piece in yesterday's Wall Street Journal.

    In this piece -- in which Koch identifies himsefl as the owner of an energy company, as someone who was asked to invest in the Cape Wind project, and as the owner of a summer house overlooking Nantucket Sound -- Koch says he crunched the numbers and it isn't pretty.

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  • May 23, 2006
    By webteam
    After one tragedy (the severe wounding of co-anchor Bob Woodruff in Iraq), one blessed event (the pregnancy of co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas), and one big scare (Bob Schieffer's CBS newscast passing "World News Tonight" in the ratings), the folks at ABC are finally doing the right thing by making "Good Morning America" host Charlie Gibson the sole anchor of the evening newscast.

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  • May 22, 2006
    By webteam
    Well, the Richard Chacon mystery has been solved. Media Log just finished speaking with the Globe ombudsman and 12-year veteran of the paper who's starting a new chapter in his professional career this week as communications director for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick.

    "I'm taking a radically different path," says Chacon.

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  • May 22, 2006
    By webteam
    With this short announcement, Richard Chacon informed readers he is leaving both his post as Globe ombudsman and the paper itself, for what he called "a new professional challenge." Chacon spent a little less than a year in the job, and it's not clear that he was a good fit for a difficult position that involves constantly dealing with reader wrath and sometimes incurring your colleagues' wrath.

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  • May 19, 2006
    By webteam
    If this Chicago Sun-Times gossip item is right (and remember they are the Tribune's rivals) here's another good reasons why media company shouldn't own sports franchises. So that the journalists can tell the team executives to go to hell without getting into trouble with their corporate bretheren.

  • May 19, 2006
    By webteam
    The Commonwealth Ave. soap opera continues over a possible investigation of BU College of Communication Dean John Schulz for embellishing his resume. Today's Globe story suggests the battle lines are being drawn.

    Ah, I love my alma mater.



  • May 18, 2006
    By webteam
    Today's Herald story has good ratings news for WBUR -- and strongly suggests that the station has benefitted from the stewardship of new GM Paul La Camera, who has helped clean up the stench of scandal there. Plenty has been written about the La Camera era , like here in the Phoenix by me and also by Dan Kennedy in CommonWealth magazine.

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  • May 16, 2006
    By webteam
    First, an apology for the blogging lull caused by deadline reporting and writing this week. (I will also be out of town tomorrow, and will return to blogging on Thursday.) But at least, let's pass on some new business in the TV and radio world.


    We've got a new high-profile NECN anchor with an interesting resume:

    Beth Shelburne, a distinguished journalist who most recently anchored the noon and 4 p.



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  • May 12, 2006
    By webteam
    Channel 2 has announced who will succeed me in July as a regular participant on the station's Friday "Beat the Press" segment of "Greater Boston." The envelope please:

    Joe Sciacca, the Boston Herald deputy managing editor for news, has been named as a new panelist for Greater Boston's "Beat the Press," replacing longtime contributor Mark Jurkowitz, who is moving to Washington, D.

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  • May 11, 2006
    By webteam
    Channel 7 has just announced that Caterina Bandini an 11-year-veteran of he station who succeeded Kim Carrigan as the station's lead female anchor five years ago, is taking the mommy track. Here's the lowdown:

    Caterina Bandini, Channel 7's co-anchor for the past five years, has announced her pregnancy and her plans to leave the station when she becomes a mother, according to Mike Carson, Vice President and General Manager.


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  • May 11, 2006
    By webteam
    Without rushing to judgment, doesn't this Globe piece concerning allegations of resume embellishment by BU College of Communication Dean John Schulz (at my beloved alma mater) look like a story with some legs? There's some disturbing material in there, but perhaps the most disturbing is Schulz's assessment of the school paper, the Daily Free Press

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  • May 11, 2006
    By webteam
    While Barry Bonds blithely goes about his tainted quest for all-time home run records, it looks like the two journalists who helped uncover the BALCO steroid scandal and wrote "Game of Shadows" may face a showdown -- and potential jail time -- for refusing to identify the grand jury leakers. I interviewed one of the two reporters, Mark Fainaru-Wada, for "Muckrakers in the Outfield" in the April 7 Phoenix.

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  • May 10, 2006
    By webteam
    In some local media circles, it was no secret that Globe metro editor Carolyn Ryan was considering leaving the paper to take a job at the New York Times as deputy metro editor, overseeing coverage of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York outisde of the city. But she's officially decided to stay put, telling Media Log, that "I have a great job at the Boston Globe.

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  • May 10, 2006
    By webteam
    Jim Braude, the quick-thinking and even faster talking WTKK and NECN host, is about to get a lot more visibility on the local cable news station. Here's the relevant news in today's release from NECN:

    “NewsNight with Jim Braude,’’ the live news analysis program where local and national newsmakers discuss the weighty topics of the day, will move from its current Monday-Friday 8:30 p.



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  • May 10, 2006
    By webteam
    1) Dan Okrent, perhaps best known around here as the founder of the much-respected, but defunct New England Monthly, has a new book out -- "Public Editor #1" -- that is a collection of columns and some addtional thoughts from the New York Times's first public editor.

    I can't say I've perused the columns part of the book yet, but the introduction, "Notes on an Unendearing Profession" is worth the price of admission alone.

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