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Sports Media Musings: NESN Loses McCarthy & Tappen, CSNNE Thriving

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NESN Searching for Answers, CSNNE Finding More

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.

About Ryan Hadfield

Ryan Hadfield is the author of the weekly Sports Media Musings column at Sports Of Boston. Hadfield is known as one of the top sports media critics in Boston. He also contributes to Boston Sports Media Watch. In November 2011, Hadfield helped launch the new SoB Point Taken blog featuring his podcasts & musings on sports, media and culture. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

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2 comments for “Sports Media Musings: NESN Loses McCarthy & Tappen, CSNNE Thriving”

  1. Sorry to see Kathryn leave. Just a question…we subscribe to nesn when we are in Florida in the winter and spring. Why are we not able to watch the Red Sox??? This year I watched opening day and saw Tom Carroll’s intro and he turned it over to the game. Instead of seeing opening day, we saw a rehash of Dennis & Callahan. What a disappointment! Is that going to happen in 2012? If so, we will not subscribe to nesn down in FL. Please let me know. Thank you.

    Posted by pwhit | September 22, 2011, 10:52 am
  2. Not sure where in Fl you are.Here in Orlando we have Brighthouse for cable and last year they added NESN to their lineup. I was sooo excited because I had been kicking out around $150 a year for the NHL package just to watch the Bruins. But alas when the Bruins came on down here we saw Dennis & Callahan. They did rebroadcast the game at midnight so I DVR’d all the programs. I don’t watch the Sox that much so not sure if they do the same thing. It’s something to do with Fl being out of market as to why they don’t broadcast the games live. Check to see if the games are rebroadcasted later in the evening.

    Posted by Tom | September 24, 2011, 10:55 am

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