From today’s Boston Herald:
New England Cable News has slapped ex-Boston Common magazine honcho Terri Stanley and her TV show “styleboston” with a lawsuit, charging the lifestyle program owes NECN $73,000.
“Styleboston” debuted on NECN in 2009, but the cable channel dumped the show late last year over a “contract dispute” and Stanley took her program over to WCVB-TV (Ch. 5).
According to the lawsuit, the Comcast-owned NECN agreed to air and promote the first season of “styleboston” from September 2009 to September 2010 in exchange for $200,000.
The show has only ponied up $132,000 of it, though, which sort of annoyed NECN enough to file suit.
Meanwhile, styleboston has shifted its shifty infomercial content (most of the segments are sponsored – read, “paid for” – by their subjects) to WCVB.
“Styleboston” spokeswoman Jan Saragoni said the show’s attorneys are reviewing the lawsuit. “We’re hopeful and confident that all issues will be resolved,” said Saragoni. “The show is doing terrifically well on Channel 5.”
(Yeah, tell that to the real journalists at ‘CVB, who are ripping that the station is pawning styleboston’s marketing material off as editorial content.)
The hardworking staff has chronicled (don’t even ask how the folks at “Chronicle” feel about the “show”) styleboston’s spotty history from the start.
Now, we’re just rooting for the end.