Braude shakes it up
Jim Braude shook up the local news business this week by announcing he is jumping from his Broadside TV show at New England Cable News to Greater Boston at WGBH. The move gives WGBH a solid brand name to replace former host Emily Rooney and leaves NECN with a gaping hole to fill.
There is no one else like Braude on the local news scene. He’s a lefty liberal (a former tax advocate and Cambridge city councilor) with a strong point of view, but he’s smart, fair, and not afraid to ask tough questions. Even more important, he’s a broadcast personality who is willing to tackle complex issues and even ventures out of the studio occasionally to check out a news story in person.
Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung, who broke the story, reported that WGBH officials thought Braude was the logical choice to replace Rooney after she announced her retirement last year but didn’t think he could get out of his contract with NECN. Somehow he did, and now takes over at Greater Boston on March 2. Rooney, who will continue to host Beat the Press on Fridays, called Braude’s hiring a “natural transition.”
The move should make Braude’s life a little easier. He already was doing a midday radio show at WGBH with cohost Margery Eagan and then hustling off to NECN’s studios in Newton to do Broadside. Now he can stay put at the WGBH studios in Brighton all day long.
Braude and WGBH officials haven’t commented on how Greater Boston will change with its new host. Braude should benefit from the growing news operation at WGBH and the more deliberate format of Greater Boston: at Broadside, he sometimes seemed to be under pressure to cram more and more into his show rather than focusing on a few key issues or personalities.
For NECN, the Braude departure is problematic. Broadside is one of the most recognizable shows on the cable news channel, and filling Braude’s shoes won’t be easy. But word from folks in the newsroom is that a new show with one or more hosts is in the works.
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