Owner of Boston’s WHDH Resisted ‘Leno’ from Start

By Andrew Gauthier 

Boston Globe

Ed Ansin, owner of WHDH-TV (Channel 7), lost his battle last year against moving “The Jay Leno Show” to a 10 p.m. prime-time slot. But nine months later, it appears he was right to fight the change.

On Sunday, NBC officially announced that it would yank the show from the 10 p.m. spot on weeknights, where it had foundered for four months. Ansin, who has owned the Boston NBC affiliate station since 1993, said his prediction may have been correct, but he was in no mood to gloat.

“I’m glad it’s over,” he said yesterday in a phone interview from his office in Miami, where he owns WSVN-TV. “It’s an experiment, and it didn’t work.”

Ansin publicly took on NBC last April, objecting to the parent network’s plans to move the Leno show to 10 p.m. and vowing to air a local newscast in that time slot. Ansin reversed his decision a week later, when NBC threatened to pull his station’s network affiliation. More…