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Boston Fox affiliate drops “Fox” from newscast name

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Fox television affiliate is distancing itself from the conservative Fox News national cable network by dropping the word “Fox” from the name of its newscast.

WFXT-TV Channel 25 announced Thursday that the name of its independent and locally produced newscast is being changed from “Fox 25 News” to “Boston 25 News” starting April 24.

General manager Tom Raponi tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2ofAE1i ) that local viewers perceive the station as being conservative when it strives to be impartial.

The station will still broadcast Fox shows and refer to itself as Fox 25 in most cases, including on its building signs and on-screen visuals during non-news broadcasts.

Raponi says the name change has been considered since 2014 when the station was acquired by Atlanta-based Cox Media Group.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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