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Fenway
12-18-2006, 09:25 AM
Tonight at Midnight the Tribune hands over WLVI-TV in Boston to Sunbeam Broadcasting and 150 people are out of work. Sadly this is a story that will be repeated over and over as the Tribune Tower sheds properties across the country.

WLVI set for its final newscast (http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=172599)

After covering the news for 22 years, Boston’s WLVI-TV news team is about to tackle one of its toughest assignments yet.


Following an emotional few months, the hard-working crew will deliver the news for the last time tonight at 10.

When the doors close - just one week before Christmas - most of WLVI’s 150 employees will be without jobs.
Channel 7 has hired between 10 and 12 WLVI employees. Ansin hasn’t hired any of the station’s anchors or reporters.
Several sources said Tribune gave WLVI employees “very fair” severance packages and will pay out the remainder of the on-air personalities’ contracts.

barney27
12-18-2006, 10:42 AM
Tonight at Midnight the Tribune hands over WLVI-TV in Boston to Sunbeam Broadcasting and 150 people are out of work. Sadly this is a story that will be repeated over and over as the Tribune Tower sheds properties across the country.

WLVI set for its final newscast (http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=172599)
Need to pay for their over paid pitching somehow. Its a shame.

CLR01
12-18-2006, 11:03 AM
Need to pay for their over paid pitching somehow. Its a shame.

Yeah, that's the reason why the tribune is shedding assets. :rolleyes:

Fenway
12-18-2006, 12:20 PM
I feel bad for a couple of friends who have worked there for years. It was part of Field Broadcasting ( which also owned WFLD ) and when the Field brothers had their nasty breakup they sold the stations to Metromedia. Since Metromedia already owned a station in Boston the station was sold to Gannett which then sold it to Tribune.

Tribune sold WLVI to Sunbeam which owns the NBC station here and the rumor is they will go to a complete WSVN (http://www.wsvn.com) blood and guts format at 10 but will use NBC7's people to do it.

What is really sad is the Boston market can not absorb 150 people at other stations.

Fenway
12-19-2006, 09:20 AM
Some bitter words no doubt directed at the Tribune by WLVI anchorman Jack Hynes

“A week before Christmas should not be an occasion for sad farewells,” said Hynes to cameras and a throng of soon-to-be unemployed workers and concerned associates.
Expressing anger and frustration, Hynes said that throughout his 50-year career in television, “Never have I experienced the closing down of a station. This is a tragic chapter in Boston television history.”
Hynes, one of the first anchors at Channel 56, unleashed a tirade: “Dedicated professionals are saddened and angered. Careers are shattered. Someone could have, should have stepped up to the plate and bought the station. All that’s left are bittered reflections.”


http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=172808

Employees at the station are bitter at Tribune and not NBC7 because the Tribune didn't wait a few weeks to see if there was another buyer for the station. Everybody knew what NBC7 wanted to do but the Trib couldn't wait. Indeed another buyer did show up when the sale was announced but the Tribune wouldn't budge.

they went out with class however
http://youtube.com/watch?v=kLa8LtGEJBA