Richard C. Hottelet

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On a day of historic news, the last of the original Murrow Boys, died at home Wednesday in Wilton, Connecticut.

Richard C. Hottelet worked for CBS News for 40 years beginning in 1944 under the direction of Edward R. Murrow.

Hottelet spoke with the Hartford Courant for a story just last year:

“I worked with some fine people and for a good company. There was a lot of news in those days. And World War II, you don’t forget that. Covering the war was a big thing for a young fellow. As time went on it became clear that it was a responsibility to report on the war. That is what a reporter is supposed to do. I was glad to get through it.”

Hottelet was 97.

Eye on Wragge

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Former NBC CT personality Chris Wragge has been off the air in New York as he recovers from eye surgery.

The recovery is taking longer than expected so he posted a photo on line to show viewers why he’s been off air for a few weeks.

We think he made the right decision, for now.

 

Second Thoughts?

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The general manager of Fox CT is leaving after less than a year on the job.

TV Spy reports on the sudden departure. A Tribune spokesman says Chris Geiger “decided to leave,” which suggests the move was voluntary. He started the Hartford job in April.

Sony Baloney

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin writes in a New York Times Oped that “journalists shouldn’t help the Sony hackers” by publishing the stolen material. WNPR/Courant columnist Colin McEnroe responds in Salon  (and if you watched HBO’s “Newsroom” and wanted to like it but couldn’t, you’ll find you’re not alone):

Here’s the thing about journalism. It’s messy. There’s breakage. The good practitioners try to keep that to a minimum, but we’ll never get it down to zero. I once worked for a newspaper editor and publisher with whom I had absolutely no rapport. In our years together, he said exactly one thing that made any sense to me: “We’re not in the business of knowing stuff that we don’t tell people.” The corollary: we don’t need a good reason to tell people something. We need an extremely good reason when we don’t.

 

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Pay Wall

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The Hartford Courant is the latest daily newspaper to erect a pay wall for “premium content.”

The new rules go into effect this week. Editorial writer Peter Pach commented on Facebook last week that giving away your product for free is not a good business model.

The Courant follows the Journal Inquirer locally, and papers like the New York Times, Wall St. Journal and Washington Post in making this decision.

An interesting long term question is; how this may effect blogging. Many popular blog sites thrive by linking for free to content on what have been fully open main stream media websites.

 

Erika Martin

UnknownHartford area native Erika Martin has announced she is leaving Connecticut, “for now” and has delivered her last forecast on WTNH.

According to a weekend Facebook post she says she’ll have more information in the coming days on where she is landing next. There has been some speculation she has been hired by a New York station, although we have no independent confirmation.

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