Pittsburgh’s Verrilli Steps In at 4
In an e-mail to BTVN late last Wednesday, WBZ/WSBK announced that John Verrilli will succeed Jeff Kiernan as the duopoly’s News Director.
Verrilli previously held the same position at the CBS dupoply in Pittsburgh; he takes up his new assignment on February 2nd.
Hi, I’m Max Preston, and as you might have guessed, that’s my picture over there! Anyway, welcome to the All-New BTVN.net!
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Tom Cuddy, veteran sports reporter at WBZ-AM/1030, has been let go from the station amidst growing cutbacks by the CBS, the media conglomerate that owns the station along with WBZ-TV/Channel 4 and WSBK-TV/Channel 38. The Boston Globe is also reporting that Cuddy may not be the only personality that was laid off yesterday.
Beginning Monday, Kim Khazei will replace Matt Lorch on 7 News at 10. Matt Lorch will continue to anchor at 4, 4:30, and 5:30 on Channel 7. The Boston Globe was the first to report the story yesterday. 7 and 56 management hope that the move will boost viewership to the perennial 2nd place finisher at 10, considering that the target demographic of the CW network is young women.