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In somewhat of a shocking move, Jade McCarthy is leaving NESN. This comes only days after Kathryn Tappen announced she was leaving for the NHL Network on the Toucher & Rich show (a move this guy told you about months ago — terrible kept secret). And rumors continue to percolate about Heidi Watney leaving her post in NESN’s Red Sox coverage for a bigger stage. So what does this mean for the network? Losing personality after personality?
The micro view would suggest NESN need to re-configure it’s lineup. That goes without saying. The MACRO minded outlook involves many more potent issues. For instance, is NESN a desirable place to work? Their proclivity towards “life-style” programming, as Chad Finn oft says, is deleterious to their perception as a “sports network.” Because of this genre being implored, NESN is ostensibly viewed as a stepping stone.
Comcast Sports Net New England will be broadcasting the Dan Patrick Show everyday from 9 AM – Noon. A replay of the “best of” will be shown at 5 PM preceding Sportsnet Central. I’m large supporter of CSNNE’s moves recently. I love the “Villians” segment the network have been producing, and I’ve wrote about their personell coups extensively in this space before. I can’t get behind this simulcast because I think original programming is where the station thrives. However, I also understand that this move will have virtually no production cost as the show is already broadcasted on other stations (Direct TV being one), and CSNNE will just require the feed.
In closing, I think we can ascertain CSNNE is creating a greater disparity between itself and NESN with these recent developments.