Boston Stations Use Social Media to Cover Bombing Trial Verdict

By Kevin Eck 

Boston Stations used social media to report the verdict from inside the courtroom of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.

The stations let viewers know a verdict was imminent by breaking in to regular afternoon programming this afternoon. Tsarnaev was found guilty on all charges a little after 2:00 p.m. today.

CBS owned WBZ broke in at 1:27 p.m. with David Wade anchoring. He told viewers the verdict was scheduled to be read at 1:45 p.m. Jim Armstrong tweeted out the verdict and kept viewers updated on what was happening inside the courtroom beforehand.


ABC affiliate WCVB Broke into The Chew at 1:29 p.m. Phil Lipof alongside J.C. Monahan updated viewers form the studio while Kelley Tuthill tweeted out the verdict.

WFXT FOX broke into Divorce Court at 1:29. The Cox owned station had Bob Ward and Gail Winterhouse inside the courtroom and on twitter.

At 1:25 p.m., NBC affiliate WHDH broke in with Christa Delcamp and Kim Khazei anchoring from the studio with Steve Cooper and Dan Hausle tweeting from inside the courtroom.

TVSpy has been told stations have been using twitter for a couple of years to act as the pipeline between the newsroom and the courtroom.