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There was an upheaval in Boston media Thursday, as NBC announced it's cutting ties with longtime Boston affiliate WHDH-TV (Channel 7). That means, if you want to watch The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, or The Blacklist, you'll no longer be tuning to locally-owned channel 7. Instead, all that content will soon be on an NBC-owned station that the corporation is calling "NBC Boston."
The decision marks the apex of a major feud between NBC Universal and Ed Ansin, the billionaire owner of WHDH-TV, who late last year said, "They are trying to steal our station."
It's also another major milestone in the longer-running question of exactly what is a television network these days? And, are independently-owned local affiliates going to become a thing of the past in the age of media consolidation and digital content delivery?
- "NBC said it will drop its affiliation with WHDH-TV (Channel 7) and launch a new network-owned station in Boston in January 2017."
This segment aired on January 7, 2016.