Chalk one up for the feisty local tabloid.
When Fox 25 anchor Maria Stephanos announced yesterday she was leaving the station after almost 20 years, she kept the details pretty skimpy (via TVSpy).
“I have decided it’s time for me to embark on a new adventure,” said Stephanos. “I will miss working with this extraordinary team, but I know FOX25 is in good hands and will continue to grow. I am beyond blessed, to deliver the news in the place where I grew up. New England viewers are savvy and smart and I love them for that. Thank you for making me part of your family.”
And today’s Boston Globe Names column kept it that way.
Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, Jessica Heslam had a lot more to offer.
Fox’s Stephanos stuns with exit
Boston’s TV news scene was blindsided by the shocking announcement that Fox 25 powerhouse anchor Maria Stephanos is leaving after nearly two decades — just 11 months after the station’s new owner came to town.
Stephanos was tight-lipped on her stunning exit from Fox 25 yesterday but her husband, Dale Stephanos, alluded to bad blood between his popular anchor wife and station owner Cox Media Group when he wrote on his Facebook page:
“It’s so rare to find people with real integrity these days. Harder still to find people like that in the media. I’m so proud and happy for my wife today. This took a lot of guts.”
Drove her out graf:
The new owners want shorter stories and more of them. They also want to boost the number of stories in communities with the highest number of meters that track TV ratings, sources said.
Okay. Now it’s making some sense. Although we’re sure there’s more to come. Check both dailies for details.