Globe: Channel 56 sale is done deal

Paul Anderson
Thu Sep 14 21:38:31 EDT 2006

I don't like the idea of one company owning more than one TV station  
in a market and never have.  The result is less competition and  
Boston loses its most intelligent newscast.  The newscasts on  
channels 4, 5, 7 and 25 are glitzy, tacky, sensationalized junk.  And  
I agree that Mike Wankum is among the best.  He's personable and  
still satisfies those of us who are interested in weather, not just  
if it's going to be sunny or rainy when the kids go to school.

Oh, well, I usually watch NESN these days anyway.  They cover some  
fires and car crashes too, but R. D. Sahl is the cream of the crop.

And I can't imagine a 56 newscast being aimed at a younger audience  
than 7's.  What, they'll have even more annoying graphics and shorter  
stories?  How about more newscasters standing up and even sillier  
remotes with moving cameras when there's nothing to see anyway.


On Sep 14, 2006, at 3:07 PM, Sean Smyth wrote:

> owner_of_boston_1.html?p1=MEWell_Pos5
> It says that Channel 56's 50 news staffers are not expected to
> make the move over to the WHDH newsroom. I would imagine that
> WHDH, though it plans on using its own personnel to produce
> Channel 56 newscasts, would need some added folks to re-write
> scripts, maybe an extra reporter or two to replace whoever gets
> moved to anchoring the 10 p.m. news, etc.

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