Karen O’Brien

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Former Hartford Courant reporter and editor Karen O’Brien has reportedly died, according to the Courant alumni website.

An earlier post said she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and had been moved into Hospice care.

Karen was much beloved in the Courant newsroom while she worked there, known equally for her easy manner and her professional competence.

Troubled Deal


There are growing signs the deal between Media General and Meredith is dead.

The New York Post is quoting sources saying the deal has collapsed and although Meredith Corporation put out a news release Wednesday proclaiming that the deal is not dead yet, there are signs internally that suggest otherwise.

A merger between the two companies would force the sale of either WFSB or WTNH.

We’ll keep you posted.


Moves in the News


Louisa Moller is leaving Fox CT for WBZ in Boston. The move from Hartford to Boston is a well worn career path in New England.

Crystal Hall is leaving Fox CT in search of new challenges.

The Laurel is also hearing rumors of some possible marketing changes coming to Fox CT, formerly known as Fox 61. We do not pretend to know what those changes are, but sources with internal working knowledge of the plans have told us to pay close attention in the coming weeks.

Forecaster Rick Sluben, a Connecticut native, has left Western Mass News. New England One has the details on Moller, Hall and Sluben.

WPRX radio, which began life as WBIS in Bristol, is moving to New Britain.

All In The Family

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Brad Kane is leaving his position as managing editor of the Hartford Business Journal for the job of editor at the Worcester Business Journal.

The HBJ and WBJ are sister publications.

Kane’s last day with the Hartford paper was Monday. He started work as a reporter for the HBJ in 2010 and was promoted to managing editor in 2013. Since the two papers sometimes share content it’s possible HBJ readers may see Kane by-lines from time to time in the future.

Fox 24/7


For those of you looking for an all news radio product there’s a new service starting this week on Sirius.

Fox News has launched a round the clock headline news service that updates every 15 minutes. Give them 15 minutes and they’ll give you the world. That includes regular updates on social media trending subject matter.

Tribune Buyouts


Tribune Publishing, the parent of the Hartford Courant, is once again offering a buyout package across its properties in an effort to cut costs.

Non-union employees have until October 23rd to accept a buyout package.

Tribune Publishing owns 11 papers in all.

Social Action


We normally stay away from horse race/ratings stories for a variety of reasons, but we found this one interesting.

It shows the social media contest between local television stations. Close race. Huge numbers on all sides.


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