KELLER AT LARGE. Longtime WLVI-TV (Channel 56) political analyst Jon Keller, whose contract is up this month, has decided to leave the station. Here's an e-mail that went out today from Channel 56 news director Pamela Johnston.
Please join me in wishing Jon Keller the best of luck as he leaves us to pursue new opportunities. Jon has been with The Ten O'clock news for 14 years and through his tenure has emerged as the number one local political reporter in Boston. It is to our credit that Jon is about to embark upon bigger challenges. As you know, Jon is the consummate team player... bringing terrific story ideas to the table every day, always willing to work unique angles, dedicated to uncovering exclusive stories and the first to pitch in when breaking news happens. For many of us, myself included, Jon has been an uncompromising friend and confidant for years. He will be missed. Jon Keller's last day will be Monday, May 9th.
No official word yet on what those "bigger challenges" might be. Keller declined to comment, and his agent, Stephen Freyer, would say only, "We're working on details and ironing things out, and hopefully things will be worked out in a couple of days." But it's no secret that political reporter John Henning has retired from WBZ-TV (Channel 4), and that Keller is already a commentator on its sister operation, WBZ Radio (AM 1030).
Channel 4 spokeswoman Ro Dooley Webster put out a statement a little while ago that doesn't exactly discourage such speculation. "CBS4 News has no announcement to make at this time," she said.