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|Branding||WCVB Channel 5 (general)
WCVB NewsCenter 5 (newscasts)
|Slogan||New England's News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
(WCVB Hearst Television, Inc.)
|First air date||March 19, 1972|
|Call letters' meaning||'We're' Channel V (five in Roman Numerals, former analog and current PSIP channel) Boston|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1972–2009)
|Transmitter power||625 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WCVB-TV, channel 5, is a television station located in Boston, Massachusetts, owned by Hearst Television and affiliated with the ABC Television Network. WCVB-TV's studios and transmitter are co-located in Needham, Massachusetts. WCVB is also one of six Boston television stations seen in Canada by subscribers of the Bell TV satellite service.
Prior history of channel 5 in Boston 
The first station in Boston to use channel 5 was WHDH-TV, which signed on November 26, 1957, owned by the Boston Herald-Traveler Corp. along with WHDH radio (AM 850, now occupied by WEEI; and FM 94.5, now WJMN). It was originally an ABC affiliate, but switched to CBS in 1961.
However, almost as soon as it signed on, the FCC began investigating allegations of impropriety in the granting of the television license. This touched off a struggle that lasted 15 years. As a result, WHDH-TV never had a license longer than six months at a time (most television licenses last for three years). In 1969, a local group, Boston Broadcasters, won a construction permit for a new channel 5 under the callsign of WCVB-TV after promising to air more local programming than any other station in America at the time. It was also critical of the combination of the Herald-Traveler and WHDH-AM-FM-TV. Herald-Traveler Corp. fought the decision in court, but lost in 1972 and Boston Broadcasters was awarded a full license.
WCVB station history 
On March 18, 1972, WHDH-TV signed off for the last time and was replaced by the new WCVB-TV early the next morning. That same day, WCVB-TV began news operations as News 5. However, the Herald-Traveler refused to hand over its facilities to the new channel 5, forcing the station to rent tower space from WBZ-TV. For its studios, WCVB used an old International Harvester dealership in Needham, which the station continues to use today. Although WCVB operates under a different license, it claims the former WHDH-TV's history as its own. It also inherited all of WHDH-TV's personnel, including anchorman Jack Hynes and sportscaster Don Gillis.
CBS was not amused at the prospect of numerous preemptions in the nation's fifth-largest market, especially since channel 5 had been its second-largest affiliate and largest on the East Coast. It refused to have anything to do with WCVB, and moved its programming back to WNAC-TV (channel 7, later WNEV-TV and now the current WHDH-TV), which had been Boston's original CBS affiliate from 1948 to 31 December 1960. More or less out of default, WCVB signed up with ABC.
Making good on its promise, WCVB aired more local programming than any other television station in the nation throughout the 1970s and the 1980s. One of its local programs was Good Day!. This program, which first aired in 1973 (as Good Morning!), broke ground by taking its entire production on the road and broadcasting from locations outside the Boston area. Good Day!, along with The Morning Exchange on Cleveland's WEWS-TV, served as a basis for the format of ABC's Good Morning America. The show's original hosts were John Willis, Janet Langhart and Martisha Palmer. Palmer eventually gave way to new contributor and occasional third co-host Eileen Prose later in the '70s. Langhart had three stints on the program; she originally left in 1979 upon leaving for New York, but returned in the fall of 1980. During Langhart's absence, Prose was named permanent co-host. Willis, Langhart and Prose all hosted together from 1980 to 1982. Langhart was then hired to join the reformulated news department of WNEV in 1982. Willis retired from the show in September 1983, and was succeeded by younger personality Tim White. In 1985, a new hosting format took effect, following Langhart's second return (which came two years after she was fired by WNEV). Prose and White would host weekdays for six months out of the year, while Langhart and Dr. Tom Cottle handled the other half. This remained in effect until Langhart left a final time in June 1987. Prose remained with Good Day! until its cancellation in 1991.
During the 1970s, WCVB-TV was the first southern New England television station to broadcast on a 24-hour program schedule. During this 1:00 to 5:00 a.m. time slot, the station's programming was called 5 All Night, in which the station would broadcast a library of older black-and-white movies and a few current syndicated television programs. During station breaks, announcer George Fennel (who never made an on-camera appearance during the block) would make live announcements and read fan mail from the vieweing audience, while various 5 All Night logo backdrops were displayed on-screen. His actual first on-air portrait was displayed as part of a donation pledge drive for the MDA Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. The portrait had been covered from view and as the tally had reached a certain amount, a piece of the portrait would be revealed to the viewers until it was completely uncovered, revealing what George Fennel looked like.
Another staple of 5 All Night was Simon's Sanatorium, a program similar to Elvira's Movie Macabre which showcased old black-and-white horror movies that were hosted by a character named Simon, who often referred to his viewing audience as to being "moths lured to a flame" and "Dearly Devoted". Simon's costume consisted of an old top hat, facial makeup that was florescent green, with black circles painted around each eye. Gloves were worn that had all the fingers cut out of them and to add to an extra eerie effect, a florescent black light was used to enhance the makeup effect on Simon's face and eyes. His eyes actually glowed by the use of florescent paint on a pair of special contact lenses.
Due to its commitment to local programming, the station was quick to preempt programs, including lower-rated ABC prime time shows. Most of the time these programs were picked up by an independent station such as WQTV (now WBPX-TV) or Worcester-based WHLL (now WUNI). Since the mid-1990s, WCVB has carried ABC's entire programming schedule, although it occasionally preempts network programming in favor of locally produced specials and movies. Notable examples are the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon and the 2004 preemption of Saving Private Ryan for another movie, Far and Away.
Boston Broadcasters sold WCVB to Metromedia in 1982 for $220 million, the biggest sale ever made for a local station at the time. In 1986, Metromedia sold their television stations to the News Corporation and the 20th Century Fox film studio, who later used Metromedia's group of independent stations to launch the Fox Broadcasting Company. Channel 5 was included in the original deal, but was subsequently spun off to the Hearst Corporation, who had purchased fellow ABC affiliate KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri from Metromedia in 1982. That station was sold to make room in Metromedia's group for WCVB (to comply with FCC rules in effect then that limited the number of commonly-owned VHF stations, which at the time was five per company), and it is believed that Metromedia gave Hearst a right of first refusal offer if WCVB ever went up for sale again. Fox would get its own station in Boston in 1987, when it bought WXNE-TV (channel 25) from the Christian Broadcasting Network and renamed it WFXT.
On September 8, 1987, WCVB became the long-time home of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Boston, having outbid WBZ-TV (which aired the show at 9 a.m. during its first season) in future syndication rights from King World. For 24 years, Oprah served as the lead-in to WCVB's evening newscasts, first for NewsCenter 5 at Six from 1987 until 1994, followed by its move to 4 p.m. in September 1994 upon the launch of the station's hour-long 5 p.m. newscast. In both time periods, Oprah always held first place among her competitors, and consistently kept WCVB's neighboring newscasts at number one. Winfrey's decision to leave her daytime talk show in May 2011 resulted in many stations scrambling to replace Oprah with equally strong programming. WCVB announced on November 12, 2010 that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would replace Oprah at 4 p.m. starting with the 2010-11 season; the move occurred on August 22, 2011. Ellen had aired at 9 a.m. on the station since 2005; that timeslot was filled by Live with Kelly and Michael, which was dropped by WHDH after 23 years on that station. Oprah, meanwhile, moved to weekday mornings at 1:05 for the remaining weeks of its run.
In the early 1970s, a graphic design firm of Wyman & Canaan, unveiled a new stylized "5" logo (which features an upward curving arrow, rendered in negative space, within the "5"). Debuted since day one of operations in 1972, this logo surpassed the WBZ's Group W font logo, as the longest-used numeric logo in New England television history in 2003.
Local programming 
WCVB currently produces these programs:
- Chronicle, a local nightly newsmagazine started in 1982, is still broadcasting on weekdays as of 2012[update]. It focuses on topics of special interest throughout New England, though at times the program focuses on subjects outside the region such as Ireland. The Main Streets and Back Roads, one of the program's longest running series, looks at life in New England, primarily in the rural areas. A New Hampshire version of the program is produced by WCVB's sister station WMUR-TV. The WCVB edition began broadcasting in high definition on March 3, 1999 (though only select editions were produced and aired as such until October 25, 2006). It was the first local program to broadcast in high definition in New England.
- CityLine, which airs Sundays at noon, looks at urban issues and interests within the Boston area. Its long-time host is Karen Holmes Ward.
- On the Record (also referred to as OTR), which airs Sundays at 11am, looks at local politics and is hosted by Ed Harding and Janet Wu.
While the station is no longer so involved in locally-produced programming as it once was, it has had some influential programs:
- Candlepin Bowling, which ran Saturdays at noon for nearly four decades, and was hosted for nearly all of that time by legendary WCVB sports anchor Don Gillis.
- Good Day!, an inspiration for Good Morning America.
- Miller's Court, a dramatized mock-trial program with a live audience. Hosted by Harvard Law Professor Arthur R. Miller.
- Park Street Under, an influence for Cheers.
- The Baxters, a sitcom featuring an American family, with a discussion component. The series was produced by WCVB, employing local actors, from 1977–79; Norman Lear became involved in 1979, bringing the show to the national audience, where it aired in first-run syndication for an additional two seasons. In the second syndicated year, Lear departed, and WCVB resumed producing the show; all the characters were recast with Canadian actors.
- The Great Entertainment, an anthology series presenting classic movies with commentary by host, Frank Avruch. The show ran for 18 years.
Until the late 1990s, WCVB broadcast an annual holiday season showing of the 1954 film White Christmas, preempting ABC's network programming.
WCVB was originally in the running to become the Massachusetts State Lottery's host station in late 1986, when original carrier WBZ-TV relinquished their rights. In the months leading up to the winning bid, station management had asked Good Day!'s Janet Langhart to host the nightly lottery drawings if WCVB won the purchase. Langhart was reportedly angered by the proposition, accusing the station of trying to minimize her from the role of respected journalist and talk show host, and also inferring a racial motivation behind the offer. It was this incident that Langhart later cited as the reason she left Good Day!, and WCVB-TV, in June 1987. Ultimately, WCVB lost in the lottery bidding to WNEV-TV, who began broadcasting the lottery drawings and all other related broadcast property in September 1987.
In 1993, when WHDH-TV (the former WNEV-TV) was bought by Sunbeam Television Corporation, the station's lottery contract was not renewed for another cycle. It was announced soon after that WCVB would be picking up the lottery rights. From March 7, 1994 to May 19, 1998, WCVB was the official station for Lottery Live, the weeknight broadcasts of the Massachusetts State Lottery drawings. Unlike predecessor host station WHDH, where both Lottery Live weeknight drawings aired between 7:50 and 8:00 p.m., WCVB chose to air the daily Numbers Game at 7:53 (during Chronicle) while the featured game (e.g. Mass Millions) was held over until 11:10 (later 11:20) during NewsCenter 5Tonight. Dawn Hayes was retained as host from WHDH. Frequent substitute hosts for Hayes on WCVB were Kristen Daly (later a news reporter/anchor for WABU and WLVI) and Nancy O'Neil, wife of former Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley.
The Massachusetts Lottery (in association with Jonathan Goodson) also backed an hour-long Saturday night game show, Bonus Bonanza, which premiered on February 4, 1995. Dawn Hayes served as co-host with Brian Tracey. Bonus Bonanza had randomly drawn contestants play elimination games (a la The Price Is Right) to win big cash prizes. At the show's end, the three players for the night would come back for a bonus round. Each would place a cylinder on a numbered space from 1 to 12. Then a motorized cube would be let go for 30 seconds, in order to knock the cylinders down. After 30 seconds, any person with a cylinder still standing won the cash amount associated with their number choice. Prizes ranged from $7,500 to $200,000 in cash. The $200,000 was won several times in the program's three-year run on WCVB. The program also served as the runoff program for the various contests associated with the Massachusetts Lottery. One such contest featured contestants playing for a cruise for 20, a Chevrolet Blazer truck, and $25,000 a year for life. As the end of WCVB's lottery contract approached, Bonus Bonanza was canceled, airing its final episode in March 1998. Two months later, on May 20, 1998, the nightly lottery drawings moved back to WBZ-TV.
In August 2004, the drawings returned to WCVB, albeit with a revamped format. The idea of a host and present lottery ball machine were dropped, with only on-screen graphics displaying the already-drawn winning numbers for a minute or so. A rotating group of off-screen voiceovers announced the drawings. In the case of the daily Numbers Game, however, a mid-screen shot of the traditional "number wheels" were featured, with the balls resting on the chosen digits. The Numbers Game drawings continued to air at approximately 7:53, while the specialty games ran at 11:10 on weeknights. In 2008, for the first time in Mass State Lottery's broadcast history, midday Numbers Game drawings were introduced, with the results running at the bottom of the screen, at 12:50 p.m. weekdays, during Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The weeknight Numbers Game drawings notably became part of NewsCenter 5 Primetime Update, the five-minute news and weather segment that began airing within the last ten minutes of Chronicle in 2009. On August 15, 2011, the drawings ended their second stint on WCVB, and moved exclusively to the Massachusetts Lottery website.
Until 2009, WCVB's sports department produced New England Patriots pre-season games. They were also seen on sister station WMTW-TV in Portland and WNAC-TV in Providence. The Patriots moved its pre-season coverage to WBZ-TV in 2009. In addition, WCVB used to pre-empt ABC programming to air some Patriots games aired during ESPN Sunday Night Football. This now happens during some ESPN Monday Night Football Patriots games. ESPN is 20% owned by WCVB parent Hearst.
Digital television 
The station's digital signal will be multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||WCVB-DT||Main WCVB-TV programming / ABC|
As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, WCVB-TV shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009, and continued to broadcast on its pre-transition digital channel 20. Digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as 5 through the use of PSIP.
WCVB is one of a handful of ABC-affiliated stations and one of several Hearst-owned ABC affiliates that broadcast their HDTV signals in 1080i rather than the 720p format of most other ABC stations. This includes WCVB's sister ABC-affiliated stations WMUR-TV in nearby Manchester, New Hampshire, WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, KMBC-TV in Kansas City, and KETV in Omaha, as well as in eight other markets not owned by Hearst.
On July 24, 2012, Hearst Television renewed its affiliation agreement with Me-TV to maintain existing affiliations with eight Hearst-owned stations currently carrying the digital multicast network through 2015. As part of the renewal, Hearst also signed agreements to add the network as digital subchannels of WCVB-TV and four other Hearst stations in Sacramento, Baltimore, Oklahoma City and Greensboro. As WCVB did not operate any additional digital multicast feeds outside of main channel 5.1, Me-TV was added on a newly-created second digital subchannel of the station on October 1, 2012.
Community outreach 
Since 1972, WCVB-TV, as a part of its commitment to serving the community through extensive local programming, has run a series of different public service campaigns to help to educate people on relevant issues and values of the day. Each campaign has had a different theme, ranging from racial unity to family values and achieving success through continued education. Over the last few decades, these campaigns have consisted of the following:
- The New England Network (1970s)
- A World of Difference (1985–1988)
- Great Expectations (1988–1990)
- Family Works! (1991–1993)
- Success By 6 (1993–1996) — early childhood education.
- The HealthBeat Project (1996–2001)
- Keeping Kids On Track (2001–2003)
- CommonWealth 5 (2001–present) — highlights non-profits to recruit volunteers and donors.
- High 5! (2011–present) - showcases athletic teams across Massachusetts
- A+ (2012–present) - showcases students across Massachusetts
Public Inspection Files 
The Federal Communications requires that all its television licensees maintain public inspection files at their facilities. On April 27, 2012, the FCC further required that affiliates of the four major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, & NBC) in the top fifty Designated Market Areas make these files available for online inspection (FCC Adopts Rules Transitioning Television Public Files Online). Recently several organizations have been copying these files and posting them online themselves, notably Free Press (Information Collected from TV Stations’ Public Files), Media Policy Initiative, New America Foundation (Public Interest Obligations), and Pro Publica (If TV Stations Won’t Post Their Data on Political Ads, We Will). The following public inspection files for WCVB have been posted online by Free Press, and are available for download.
- Issues Programs List, third quarter 2011
- Issues Programs List, fourth quarter 2011
- Candidate Rate Card, fourth quarter 2011
- Political Advertising Request Public File Form
- Statement Concerning Availability of Additional Information
- On-Line Political Advertising Policies of Hearst Television Inc.
- Crossroads GPS, Oct. 31 - Dec. 22, 2011
- Mass Uniting, Aug. 22 - Aug. 23, 2011
- Our Destiny PAC, Dec. 26, 2011 - Jan. 10, 2012
News operation 
On March 19, 1972, WCVB began news operations as News 5. This newscast title was used until 1973 when it was replaced with the current NewsCenter title. Since then, the station has been known for exceptional news coverage and was consistently at the top of the news ratings since the early-1980s. Through the next couple decades, the station boasted the most-watched news team of Chet Curtis and Natalie Jacobson who married each other while co-anchors. However, by the late-1990s and early-2000s, the station was in a period of transition as it saw major competition from a resurgent WHDH-TV. At the same time, the station, known for the longevity and stability of its on-air staff, saw the end of its longtime anchor team of Curtis and Jacobson (as well as their marriage, which ended in divorce at the same time). Natalie Jacobson continued to anchor the news at channel 5 while Chet Curtis went to regional cable news channel NECN, which was jointly owned by Hearst until NBCUniversal bought out its stake in the channel in 2009. On July 18, 2007, Jacobson retired from WCVB.
In mid-October 2002, WCVB launched its weather radar, currently known as "Storm Team 5 HD Doppler". This made the station the first in the market to operate its own weather radar. It is located west of Boston in Hopkinton. Also in 2002, Chief Meteorologist Dick Albert was joined by former rival Harvey Leonard who left WHDH to become co-chief meteorologist with Albert. Widely regarded as two of Boston's top meteorologists, Leonard and Albert were honored by the Associated Press in 2005 for "Best Weathercast in New England". In February 2007, meteorologist Mike Wankum, who was chief meteorologist at WLVI until the shutdown of that station's news department, was hired to work as the weekend evening meteorologist.
In the February 2007 ratings period, WCVB placed first in every local news timeslot it competed in. Channel 5 even displaced WHDH in total viewers and the 25–54 demo at 11 p.m. It was the first time since 1998 that WCVB swept all of its newscast timeslots. Only WFXT's 10 p.m. news drew more viewers than any of the "big three" affiliates' late evening newscasts. That victory was short-lived, however. In the May 2007 ratings period, WHDH regained the lead at 11 p.m. after another close battle. WBZ-TV has led in the 11 o'clock time slot from late 2007 to early 2010 with WCVB maintaining a second-place showing at that time slot during that time. WCVB has since regained the lead at 11 p.m. On May 14, 2007 starting with the 5 p.m. newscast, WCVB began producing its local newscasts in high definition, but upon the switch, the majority of the field reports remained in 4:3 standard definition for a few months. The station was the first in the Boston market, as well as in New England, to make the transition. Hearst Television's Sacramento, California duopoly (KCRA-TV and KQCA) were the first stations owned by the company to make the upgrade. This change resulted in the debut of a new studio set designed by FX Group and on-air graphics. However, channel 5 kept Hearst's standardized music package.
The station operates an Aérospatiale AS350B helicopter entitled "Sky 5" that is live broadcast capable. For statewide news coverage throughout Massachusetts, WCVB shares its resources with two other ABC affiliates in the state: WLNE-TV in New Bedford (the network's Providence, Rhode Island station) and WGGB-TV in Springfield.
During the week, WCAP (980) in Lowell runs audio simulcasts of WCVB's newscasts from 5 to 6 a.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On September 7, 2010, WCVB expanded its weekday morning newscast to 2½ hours, now with a 4:30 a.m. start time. Four days later on September 11, 2010, the weekend morning newscast was expanded to three hours as well, now running from 5–8 a.m.
As WCVB's newscasts are titled NewsCenter 5, the station's sports segments are likewise titled SportsCenter 5. WCVB is believed to be the only local station permitted to use the SportsCenter title, owned by ESPN, for its sportscasts, owing to its ownership by Hearst (which owns 20% of ESPN) and affiliation with ABC (which owns the other 80%). However, there is no overlap in content or appearance between WCVB's sportscasts and the ESPN program beyond use of WCVB video with credit for press conference and interview segments.
Since the fall of 2010, some of WCVB's newscasts are not shown to subscribers of the Bell TV and Bell Fibe TV digital providers in Canada for unknown reasons, particularly the midday and weekend late night newscasts. Infomercials are shown on those providers instead.
News/station presentation 
Newscast titles 
- News 5 (1972–1973)
- NewsCenter 5 (1973–present)
Station slogans 
- "Channel 5 & You" (1978–1982)
- "Tuning In"/"Tuning In Together" (1982–1984)
- "Five is Family" (1983, integrated with "Tuning In Together" and ABC's "That Special Feeling" campaign)
- "105% (5 Gives 105 Percent)" (1985–1987)
- "New England's Channel 5" (1987–1990, integrated with elements of the three ABC "Something's Happening" campaigns)
- "Nobody Brings You Closer" (1989-1993)
- "New England's Watching WCVB" (1990-1992, integrated with elements of the two ABC "America's Watching" campaigns)
- "If It's New England, It Must Be Channel 5" (1992-1994, integrated with elements of two "It Must Be ABC" campaigns)
- "It's Not Just the News, It's NewsCenter 5" (1994-1995)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (1995–2003)
- "Local Live Coverage You Can Count On" (2003–2013)
- "Forty Years Together, Channel 5 & You!" (2012; for WCVB's 40th anniversary)
- Boston's News Leader (2013–present)
- Enery Angle Covered (2013- present)
Newscast music 
- Minisym #1 by Moondog (mid-1970s)
- Orchestra in Motion by Johnny Pearson for KPM Music (mid to late 1970s)
- News Views by Syd Dale for KPM Music (late 1970s)
- And You by Telesound (1978–1987)
- The Great News Package by Gari Communications, Inc. (1987–1990)
- Big News by Michael Karp Music (1990–1995)
- Chronicle by Gari Communications, Inc. (1995–2008)
- Image News by Gari Communications, Inc. (1995–2003)
- Hearst TV News Music Package by Newsmusic Central (2003–2012)
- Hearst News Package by Fuze Artz (2012–present)
News team 
- Liz Brunner - weeknights at 6:00, and Fridays at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Pam Cross - Saturdays at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Bianca de la Garza - weekday mornings on NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener (4:30–7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Bob Halloran - Fridays at 5:00, and Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Ed Harding - Monday-Thursdays at 5:00 and 5:30, and Sunday-Thursdays at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Jim Lokay - weekend mornings on NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener; also weekday morning reporter
- Randy Price - weekday mornings on NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener (4:30–7:00 a.m.)
- Emily Riemer - weekend mornings on NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener; also weekday morning reporter
- Heather Unruh - Sundays at 6:00, Monday-Thursdays at 5:00 and 5:30, and Sunday-Thursdays at 11:00 p.m.
- Susan Wornick - weekdays at noon; also investigative reporter
- Storm Team 5
- Harvey Leonard - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- J. C. Monahan (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener (4:30–7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon (leaving May 2013 to become anchor of Chronicle)
- Mike Wankum (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Danielle Vollmar - meteorologist; weekend mornings on NewsCenter 5 Weekend EyeOpener 5:00-7:00am and 8:00-9:00am (8:00-10:00am on Sunday)
- Cindy Fitzgibbon - meteorologist; weekday mornings on NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener (4:30–7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon (will appear on air starting late May 2013)
- SportsCenter 5
- Mike Lynch - sports director; Sunday-Thursdays at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Bob Halloran - sports anchor; Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Mike Dowling - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
- Chronicle (weeknights at 7.30 p.m.)
- Anthony Everett - anchor
- JC Monahan- anchor (starting in June 2013)
- Ted Reinstein - reporter; also producer
- Shayna Seymour - reporter; also producer and fill-in anchor
- Other local program hosts
- Ed Harding - co-host of On the Record
- Karen Holmes Ward - host of City Line
- Janet Wu - co-host of On the Record and State House reporter
- John Atwater - general assignment reporter; also weekend fill-in anchor
- Amalia Barreda - general assignment reporter(leaving late June 2013)
- Kathy Curran - investigative reporter
- Anthony Everett - weekday fill-in anchor
- Jack Harper - general assignment reporter
- Todd Kazakiewich - general assignment reporter
- Sean Kelly - investigative reporter
- Dorothy Krysiuk - weekday morning traffic and special assignment reporter
- Liam Martin - weekend general assignment reporter
- Jorge Quiroga - general assignment reporter
- Rhondella Richardson - investigative reporter
- Mary Saladna - general assignment reporter; also weekend fill-in anchor
- Kelley Tuthill - investigative reporter
- Hearst Television Washington Bureau
- Kate Amara - Hearst Washington Bureau reporter
- Sally Kidd - Hearst Washington Bureau reporter
- Nikole Killion - Hearst Washington Bureau reporter
Notable former employees 
- Jim Boyd
- Dick Albert
- David Brudnoy (deceased)
- Brian Christie
- Chet Curtis
- Jack Edwards
- Tom Ellis
- Dawn Fratangelo
- Don Gillis (deceased)
- Bill Harrington
- John Henning (deceased in 2010)
- Gail Huff
- Natalie Jacobson (retired)
- Jim Jensen
- Dr. Timothy Johnson - health and science editor (also reported for ABC News; retired from broadcasting)
- Steve Lacy (now with WNYW/New York City)
- David Muir (now with ABC News)
- Arthur Miller - Harvard law professor/attorney, host of Miller's Court
- Keith Olbermann
- Tom Cottle - psychologist, host of Tom Cottle, Up Close
- Byron Pitts (now with CBS News)
- Martha Raddatz (at the time known as Martha Bradlee; now with ABC News)
- David Ropeik
- Bob Ryan (now with WJLA-TV/Washington, D.C.)
- Jay Schadler (currently with the ABC News program 20/20)
- Mike Taibbi (now with NBC News)
- WCVB's Station Timeline (2005). TheBostonChannel.com.
- WCVB Boston. The '80s TV Theme SuperSite.
- The Boston TV Dial: WCVB-TV, The Archives @ BostonRadio.org, 2006-04-02.
- TV Guide Eastern New England Edition (1961–1970)
- theprovidencechannel.com. theprovidencechannel.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-30.
- "Metromedia – WCVB-TV Boston – $220 million." Broadcasting, July 27, 1981, pp. 27-28.
- "Another spin for TV's revolving door." Broadcasting, May 6, 1985, pp. 39-40. 
- "Life among the high rollers." Broadcasting, May 13, 1985, pp. 36-39. 
- "Hearst to buy Kansas City VHF for $79 million." Broadcasting, September 14, 1981, pg. 81. 
- "Hearst's rise in the ownership ranks." Broadcasting, May 13, 1985, pg. 38. 
- "One less TV for CBN, number seven for Fox." Broadcasting, August 25, 1986, pg. 45. 
- "'Ellen' to replace 'Oprah' on Channel 5". Boston.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- Murphy, Matt (July 26, 2011). "End of an era: No more lottery drawings on TV". Boston Herald. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
- Attachment I. DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds
- CDBS Print
- Where to Watch Me-TV: WCVB
- CommonWealth 5. TheBostonChannel.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-30.
- Boston TV News: "The Scoop" » Blog Archive » WCVB Starting Earlier. Hinghamweather.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-30.
- News Team
- Official website (Mobile)
- @WCVB on Twitter
- WCVB Channel 5 Boston on Facebook
- A behind-the-scenes look at WCVB-TV in 1977
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCVB
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WCVB-TV
- WCVB Channel 5 Boston at the iTunes Preview
- WCVB Channel 5 Boston at the BlackBerry World