Boston Globe Media Partners will expand into television news with “Boston Globe Today,” a weekday show it will produce with New England Sports Network.
The half-hour program will debut next week, providing in-depth analysis from Boston Globe Media journalists covering the region’s biggest news stories, including politics, business, sports, and entertainment.
The Boston Globe’s newsroom is the largest in New England, and BostonGlobe.com is one of the most successful regional news sites in the country, with more than 240,000 paid subscribers. As print circulation has declined across the newspaper industry, Boston Globe Media has branched out with STAT, an online biotech and health care news site, a Globe Rhode Island news team, and a live events business. Boston.com, which went online in 1995 as the Globe first Internet platform, continues as a free news site.
Television is the logical next step to expand the company’s reach, according to Linda Henry, chief executive officer of Boston Globe Media.
“We are continuously improving the ways that we deliver vital news and information to our community, and are excited to build a television show that will bring the Globe’s award-winning journalism to a broader audience,” Henry said in a statement.
In a memo to employees, she said, “This project has been in the works for over a year and is an important strategic investment for the Globe’s future — one that supports our goal of continuously improving how we serve our subscribers.”
And NESN is a logical partner for Boston Globe Media’s move into TV.
The network is available in 4 million homes throughout New England, and it’s interested in diversifying beyond sports programming, which includes Red Sox and Bruins games. Moreover, NESN is majority owned by Fenway Sports Group, whose principal owner, John Henry, also owns Boston Globe Media.
“NESN is excited to partner with The Boston Globe to deliver compelling news coverage to our viewers across our television and digital properties,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s CEO.
“I suspect, though, that they’re going to have to make some major adjustments along the way,” Kennedy added, warning about the challenges of entering a local TV market.
“Boston Globe Today,” to be produced in a new studio at the company’s downtown Boston newsroom, will focus on news Monday through Thursday. The show will have four segments, with three of them featuring Oduolowu and Boston Globe Media journalists digging into their recent stories.
A fourth segment will be feature-style video packages on food, travel, and stories from the region’s communities, according to Jennie O’Hagan, director of programming at Boston Globe Media.
On Fridays, the show will feature a sports roundtable format hosted by Globe sports columnist Christopher L. Gasper.
Oduolowu joins the show from “People (the TV Show!),” a syndicated entertainment news magazine. He was a correspondent and split his time between New York and Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and daughter. He previously served as co-host of “The List,” and has appeared regularly on “Good Morning America,” CNN, “The Today Show,” and NBC News Now.
“I’m thrilled to join the Boston Globe Today team,” Oduolowu said. “I look forward to diving into the stories affecting this historic city and New England at large.”