WGBH Openvault

Ten O'Clock News; Symphony Road arson


B-roll of bulldozer clearing debris from Symphony Road fire. Exteriors of buildings with broken and boarded up windows and smoke stains. Interview with David Scondras of Symphony Tenants Organizing Project. He talks about why the rash of 29 fires in three years is suspected as arson: absentee landlords, high vacancy rate, poor condition of structures, lodging houses, lapsed mortgages. He adds that there is nothing the city can do about the problem and explains why. He hopes that State legislators will back his organization's bill which removes the financial motivation for landlords to burn down houses in poor condition. He discusses the number of people affected while they shoot cutaways. Reporter reasks question for editing purposes. Exteriors of a Red Cross Disaster Service Center. Several takes of reporter standup.

License Clip

View online at the Boston TV News Digital Library

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Ten O'Clock News

Symphony Road arson

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Bills, Legislative
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Giger, Karin (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Symphony Road arson,” 02/23/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E8C67AF7FDEB4D2F99D3CEE34D794642.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Symphony Road arson.” 02/23/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E8C67AF7FDEB4D2F99D3CEE34D794642>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Symphony Road arson. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E8C67AF7FDEB4D2F99D3CEE34D794642
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.