December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Suzanne C. Ryan, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

It was a historic news day for the Catholic Church and the city of Boston yesterday. Which is why some viewers tuning into WBZ-TV (Channel 4) in late morning were perplexed to find the station broadcasting mundane programming like ”The Price Is Right.”

Its competitors, meanwhile, were airing continuous coverage of citywide reaction to Cardinal Law’s resignation, from a teary press conference with reported victim Christopher Fulchino to expressions of hope from Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who spoke at a news conference in Washington.

WBZ’s decision to air regular programming came after the station had broadcast 31/2 hours of coverage, beginning around 6 a.m. when the story broke, said news director Peter Brown. The station also had sent reporter Peg Rusconi to Rome, and it had a special report at 4 p.m. yesterday.

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