Of Note


Janet Wu.

After three years at CNN, Rachel Nichols is returning to Bristol based ESPN. She’ll be hosting her own show, contributing to SportsCenter and focusing on issue oriented journalism.

Janet Wu is leaving one job for three. After 17 years at WHDH in Boston, Wu is joining WCBS in New York, but will also fill in at KYW in Philadelphia and contribute to CBS Newspath.


Lohmiller Traded

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Less than a week after Julie Leonardi moved from WGGB in Springfield to WFSB in Hartford, the sister stations have made another trade.

This time Maggie Lohmiller is moving up the Connecticut River from WFSB to Springfield where she’ll be a reporter for WGGB and Western Mass News.

The Springfield station appears to be getting a reporter who eats, sleeps and breathes journalism. She has a Master’s in journalism from Quinnipiac, has freelanced for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team and most recently worked at WFSB as a special projects producer. This is her first full time job in front of the camera.

Cullen Plays Hardball

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Fergus Cullen, the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party and a former campaign operative in Connecticut, well known to many Connecticut reporters, appeared on Hardball Monday night with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

It was Cullen’s job to try to explain why so many GOP voters seem to like Donald Trump no matter what he does or says. As those who know him might have predicted, Cullen is not impressed with Trump as a long term factor in the Republican field. He tried to convince Matthews that it may take some early Trump victories to get the GOP to wake up and stop the madness.


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Speaking of the Courant...

We don’t want to hold anyone to this, or make too much of it, but former Hartford Courant cartoonist Bob Englehart shared an interesting quote this weekend during his appearance on Face the State.

Referring to a meeting at the paper in March, Englehart quoted the paper’s publisher(:6:40) as predicting the print version of the Courant would be around for another “ten years.” After that, Englehart suggested, no one knows what’s next for the Courant, or the print industry in general.

It was a rare glimpse into how newspaper insiders see their future.

BTW – The interview also includes a cartoon of Englehart drawn by former Governor Bill O’Neill, who was not an Englehart fan.

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Englehart Rear View

Bill O’Neill, Lake Pocotopaug, CT, 1990

Ink on paper

Tribune: Not True


After allowing for a weekend of speculation, Tribune Publishing issued a statement Monday saying it is not in negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Times, or any other part of the company.

The need to issue the statement came following a Tweet from Rupert Murdoch last Friday suggesting a deal was close.

No word why Murdoch would put the information out. He has denied an interest in any Tribune properties himself.

Reminder: We care because Tribune owns the Hartford Courant.

Weekend Rumors

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Rupert Murdoch is spreading rumors on Twitter that if true could prove to be the first sign of a possible change of ownership for the Hartford Courant and other Tribune Publishing newspapers.

Late Friday Murdoch posted that he believes Tribune Publishing is about to be sold to a Wall St. based investment firm and that the Los Angeles Times is going to be split off and purchased by local investors.

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There is no confirmation from Tribune Publishing or from Eli Broad, the Los Angeles philanthropist who has expressed interest in the Los Angeles Times in the past. Murdoch has been quoted as saying he has no interest in any of the Tribune properties.


Sunday Talk






Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host: Dennis House

J.R. Romano – CT GOP chairman

Bob Englehart – Retired Hartford Courant political cartoonist

Flashback: Governor Rell on budget cuts, 2009

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Congressman John Larson – Terrorism

Scott Wilson, President of Connecticut Citizens Defense League on gun control

Kevin Scarpati – Meriden mayor-elect








Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Senator Richard Blumenthal(D)

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)


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