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The bell tolls for WBZ

If any broadcast news operation could avoid cuts, you’d like to think it would be WBZ. With two television stations (Channels 4 and 38), a powerhouse news-and-talk (AM 1030) radio station and an unusually good, video-laden Web site, the CBS-owned operation should have been in a strong position.

Unfortunately, 30 people are being let go, according to this Jessica Heslam piece in the Boston Herald. According to a story by Bill Carter in the New York Times, CBS is cutting back nationally, and Boston is being hit harder than just about anywhere.

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  1. Anonymous

    It’s very sad.

  2. Anonymous

    An unfortunate but not surprising situation. Lobel and Joyce: we are not likely to see these “types” in this market again.

  3. Anonymous

    Anon. 4:18, you’re joking right? Two of the biggest hacks out there. That’s your idea of excellence? They’re the Kent Brockman’s of their generation.

  4. Peter Porcupine

    Why are they ditching Wahle and keeping Jack ‘Ron Burgundy’ Willimas?

  5. Anonymous

    Anon 12:20 Where did I say anything about “excellence?” What I said was this isn’t surprising and we are not likely to see arts reporters or free- wheeling high paid sports anchors in this market again.

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