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  1. The original sin was pushing out Uncle Walter when he turned 65 (none other than Bill Paley himself made a mockery of the mandatory retirement policy by staying on well past it.) The second big mistake was in picking Rather over Schieffer as Cronkite's successor. It just cascaded from there.
  2. They said in the video that they weren't losing their jobs, just being reassigned.
  3. New England broadcasting legend Dick Gosselin has passed. He worked for all three Portland, ME stations, most notably for WMTW where he was both a reporter and videographer. He also did a stint with WCVB in the 1980s. He even hosted the quiz show "So You Think You Know Maine" for WCBB. He was 72 and suffered from Parkinson's/Lewy Body Dementia. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/richard-gosselin-obituary?pid=196442397
  4. WFXT has cut down their hour-long 6PM weekend newscasts to a half-hour; the second half hour has been turned over to their "In Depth" series of prerecorded news specials. A similar cutback has hit the Sunday 10PM newscast.
  5. Former WCVB/WFXT anchor Bianca de la Garza sued to recover $15 million in (allegedly) embezzled funds. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2020/06/16/alden-shoe-bianca-de-la-garza-lawsuit
  6. In other words, she's getting a promotion within Nexstar.
  7. Open for the first News Center Maine at 4. It didn't go well... (social distancing alert: Lee Nelson and Cindy Williams are married) wcsh-2020-jun1-4p-HD.mp4
  8. Katie is awesome. Can't imagine why she of all people was let go. She got her first big break here in Portland at WMTW. Hopefully she won't be on the beach for long.
  9. Add weekend anchor/weekday reporter Katie Brace from WBZ to the list as well.
  10. In advance of News Center Maine's launch of their 4PM newscast on Monday, WGME has changed how it starts its 5PM newscast. Instead of a tease before the last segment of Judge Judy, the tease has become the intro for the newscast itself. (Edit: It was a one-day fluke)
  11. Lipof is strongly hinting at a return to New York. Side note: regarding his stint at WBTS, he said "I did everything I could." Hmm...
  12. Phil Lipof is out at WBTS https://www.adweek.com/tvspy/nbc10-boston-anchor-leaving-years-after-launching-stations-first-newscast/221776/
  13. I wonder what the degree of disclosure was for the local stations. Some hefty fines could be forthcoming. Todd Walker "reporting..."
  14. Shades of Sinclair? 11 local TV stations aired Amazon-scripted propaganda as news https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4ayvwb/local-news-stations-run-propaganda-segments-scripted-and-produced-by-amazon
  15. Ad-supported media is getting hammered across the board. Merging into a larger entity with the same vulnerabilities isn't going to fix that problem.
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