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CBS Ends National Broadcast Of July 4 Boston Pops Concert

(Michael Dwyer/AP)


BOSTON — For the first time in more than 20 years, the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will not be televised nationally.

The Boston Globe reports that CBS declined to renew a contract with producers of the show, which will appear locally on WBZ-TV.

The show’s executive producer, David Mugar, says ratings for the Independence Day event have fallen in recent years.

The Boston Pops concert and fireworks show draw more than 500,000 visitors to the Charles River Esplanade, free of charge.

The show has featured stars such as Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride. This year, it will have a more local focus, headlining Massachusetts native and blues singer Susan Tedeschi and Ayla Brown, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.


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  • J__o__h__n

    This is great news. Maybe now we don’t need to pander to a national audience with celebrity hosts like Dr Phil and country music.

  • delia

    While it is interesting trivia that Ayla Brown is Scott’s daughter, can’t we recognize her for her own achievements (which are actually relevant), like being a contestant on American Idol

  • Justin Locke

    At the Pops concert on the 4th of July in 1976, we played the entire Tchaikovsky B-Flat Piano Concerto in the first half. 40 minutes, and it was the largest crowd ever (does it still hold the record?) at a classical music concert.

  • Guest

    I hope this means they’ll shot off the fireworks at a more reasonable time than 10:30pm on a work night now!