WCVB, Boston’s ABC affiliate owned by Hearst, devotes the entire day today to examining Boston’s race relations. 5 On: Race in Boston features segments in every newscast and on Chronicle, WCVB’s award-wining daily news magazine. The special coverage continues tonight at 8 on WCVB with an ABC News special, The President and the People: A […]
5 On: Race in Boston features segments in every newscast and on Chronicle, WCVB’s award-wining daily news magazine.
The special coverage continues tonight at 8 on WCVB with an ABC News special, The President and the People: A National Conversation, with President Barack Obama and a panel of speakers. The national network town hall broadcast is being moderated by former WCVB anchor and current ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir.
At 9 tonight, following the ABC News special, WCVB presents 5 On: Race in Boston, A Town Hall Meeting, in partnership with The Boston Foundation.
“This is an opportunity to provide in-depth reporting on this very important topic that is gripping the nation and is of utmost concern to all of us here in the greater Boston community,” said Bill Fine, WCVB’s general manager.
“Increased dialogue and preventative measures are especially important when so many communities in America have suffered.”
“In light of the tragic events across our nation last week, many of us joined with Americans everywhere in offering our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five Dallas Police Officers — all fatally shot,” said Paul S. Grogan, Boston Foundation’s president. The Boston Foundation, (www. tbf.org), is one of the largest community foundations in the nation.
“Greater Boston residents and Americans as a whole are struggling to comprehend this senseless violence, and I include myself in that group. As I take stock of the divisions and challenges our communities face, I think it is a useful moment to think about who we are as a city, a region, and a nation, and what we stand for.”
WCVB will also dedicate digital media coverage and resources throughout the day, posting coverage on the web and social media as it airs.
In addition, 5 On: Race in Boston, A Town Hall Meeting, will be live streamed on wcvb.com and Facebook as well as on NewsON, a free app that allows viewers to watch local news on their smartphones and tablets.