PEJ recognizes excellence

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Boston is America's top city for late local TV news, according to the Project
for Excellence in Journalism's annual report card, released Friday.

All three Boston stations studied, WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV and WHDH-TV, received 'A'

Also scoring the top grade among Big 3 English-language stations' late news
were Nashville's WTVF(TV); KCRA-TV and KOVR(TV) Sacramento, Cal.; KELO-TV and
KSFY-TV Sioux Falls, WIS(TV) Columbia, S.C.; WOOD-TV Grand Rapids, Mich.; and
KHON-TV and KGMB(TV) Honolulu.

Denver's KMGH-TV got the only 'F' grade.

Byron Grandy, news director at KMGH-TV responded that 'I have questions and
concerns about the methodology and the sample size, but I look forward to any
opinions and thoughts about our product.

'For the first time the project studied Spanish-language stations, and
concluded that Miami's WSCV and WLTV and New York's WXTV deserved A grades, with
KXLN getting the only F.

'We think we do a quality newscast that serves the community, and the
community responds very well,' said KXLN-TV news director Juan Garcia.

PEJ, affiliated with Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and
the PEW Charitable Trusts, looked at late newscasts in 17 markets over a
two-week period.