7 News Today in New England will be expanding to the 9am hour beginning on August 22nd. According to a recent promo and various rumblings throughout the Boston TV News community, the morning newscast will expand from its current timeslot of 5-7 a.m. to the 9-10 a.m. hour. This move comes after the departure of Live! with Regis and Kelly and the subsequent move to WCVB.
Also, Thursday night will be Frances Rivera’s last day at 7 Bulfinch Place. As we reported earlier, the popular lead anchor at channel 7 will make the move to New York City where she will serve as the morning anchor at WPIX, NYC’s affiliate of The CW.
Update: Frances Rivera will be leaving WHDH to join WPIX, New York’s affiliate of The CW. She will be anchoring the PIX 11 Morning News. ‘PIX tells TVSpy, “Frances’ experience and talent will be great assets to our award-winning morning newscast, we’re looking forward to having her join the team later this summer.” Incidentally, WPIX is owned by Tribune Corp, who formerly owned 7 sister-station WLVI.
Frances Rivera, lead anchor at WHDH, announced today that she will leave the station next month. She tells the Boston Globe that the decision to leave 7 and 56 was “bittersweet.”
“For me, this isn’t a professional move. This is a personal move,” she tells the Globe, “It was great to be in Boston in the position I was in. I get to check that off in my career bucket list.”
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.