This blog was the FIRST to bring you an extensive article about WCVB and their plans to add an hour-long 10:00pm newscast, 7 nights a week for its second digital subchannel. Today, more details have been released and here’s what we know…
Again, starting Monday February 29th (next week), WCVB 5 will debut an hour-long and nightly 10:00pm newscast called The 10:00 O’Clock News on Me-TV Boston. The new newscast will compete against the 4 other hour-long 10:00pm newscasts (WBZ 4 (CBS)’s 10:00pm news on WSBK 38 (MyTV), WHDH 7 (NBC)’s 10:00pm news on WLVI 56 (CW), WFXT 25 (FOX)’s 10:00pm news and WBIN 50 (Ind.)’s 10:00pm news) and 1 other half-hour 10:00pm newscast (WMUR 9 (ABC)’s 10:00pm news on WMUR 9.2 (Me-TV)) in the market.
FUN FACT: The name, The 10:00 O’Clock News, is returning to Boston for the first time since 2006 when WLVI 56 shut down its in-house news department and from 1993-2006, the station used The 10:00 O’Clock News (on WB 56/Boston’s WB/Boston’s CW) to brand its primetime newscast, with the last incarnation used as THE 10:00 O’Clock News on Boston’s CW.
The new 10:00pm newscast will be anchored on weeknights by long-time WCVB 5 veteran Ed Harding and long-time, honored, trusted and respected Boston TV news anchor Maria Stephanos. StormTeam 5 Weather will come from Chief Meteorologist (and long-time WCVB 5 veteran) Harvey Leonard and SportsCenter 5 from sports director (and long-time WCVB 5 veteran) Mike Lynch. The weekend team will be announced shortly.
WCVB 5’s President and General Manager, Bill Fine:
“Launching The 10 O’Clock News on MeTV Boston will bolster MeTV Boston’s presence in the market while giving WCVB the opportunity to compete in this time period which is clearly relevant and important to viewers. Maria and Ed are two highly-regarded, experienced, local journalists who are perfectly suited to co-anchor The 10 O’Clock News on MeTV Boston.”
WCVB 5’s News Director, Andrew Vrees:
“The 10 O’Clock News on MeTV Boston will offer the exceptional quality newscast that WCVB viewers have come to expect, reported by the same experienced, award-winning, local journalists, but now delivered a full hour earlier.”
WCVB 5’s newest anchor, but one of Boston’s long-time, honored, respected, trusted and revered 10:00pm anchors, Maria Stephanos:
“I love a 10PM newscast and appreciate what a convenient option it is for viewers. Co-anchoring with Ed is not only a privilege but has also proven to be a pleasure, and we’ll bring unique insight, and some fun, to this new newscast.”
WCVB 5’s long-time veteran and respected anchor, Ed Harding:
“The 10 O’Clock News on MeTV Boston is a terrific opportunity for ‘CVB’s team of exceptional, local journalists to serve the market at a time that might better suit viewers’ busy schedules. And, I’m thrilled to co-anchor this newscast with Maria because she pioneered the 10PM news in the market.”
So, next Monday, this new newscast will debut. If you live in the Boston area/TV market, please take note! This is where you can find WCVB 5’s second digital subchannel, currently known as Me-TV Boston:
- Channel 5.2
- Comcast Cable:
- Channels 292 or 306
- Verizon FiOS TV:
- Channel 461
- RCN Cable:
- Channel 29
- Charter Cable:
- Channel 184
- Metrocast Cable:
- Channel 295
- BELD Broadband:
- Channel 75
So now, all of Boston’s news-producing TV stations will offer a 10:00pm newscast and WCVB 5 has completed the full circle. Congrats you guys. This should’ve been done sooner.