Weather Threat

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There is no denying that a blizzard is news. But is the weather really news – on the same scale – if the storm is just a few inches of snow, or heavy rain, or higher than normal temperatures?

Chris Powell of the Journal Inquirer is concerned the obsession local television news has with coverage of the weather may be contributing to all sorts of social ills that begin with an uninformed electorate. He suggests that if you rely only on local television to get your news, you know a lot about the weather, but may not know much at all about what is really important in your community. If half of a half hour newscast is devoted to the weather, it’s hard to argue his point.

Blizzard of ’15?

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Bernard Kavaler has put together an excellent historical wrap up of the Blizzard of ’78 on his site Connecticut by the Numbers.

It includes a link to a CPTV documentary and a report from NBC News. Were reports from the field back then notably more restrained, or is the difference simply the result of technology that didn’t allow for standing in the snow with a yard stick?

The storm is notable in Connecticut political history for having largely made the reputation of Governor Ella Grasso when she closed the state’s roads to hasten the clean up.

H/T Bernard.

 

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am

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Host: Dennis House

Senator Bob Duff(D) – Senate Majority Leader

Senator Rob Kane(R) – Deputy Minority Leader

Luke Bronin(D) – Hartford Mayor’s Race

Flashback: Demolition of the YMCA building. Archive film from 1974.

 

The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

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Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

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The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at

http://www.ctnow.com/stan

 

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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 Carlo Leone(D) – Stamford, Darien

Rep. Gail Lavielle(R) – Norwalk, Westport, Wilton

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)

New Set News

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On the new set front, we’re getting a sneak peak of WFSB’s new set from an industry trade website.

According to the report, the new channel 3 set should be unveiled in about a week. If you like Lucite, you’re in luck!

Prior Restraint

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A final court ruling has been issued in the prior restraint case involving the Connecticut Law Tribune.

We’ve been following this case for several months. It involved a ruling by a Superior Court judge meant to bar the Law Tribune from reporting certain details of a child custody case involving the Department of Children and Families.

The state Supreme Court has refused to take up the matter, because the lower court judge vacated his controversial order. It means the Law Tribune can go ahead and publish its story with all the details disclosed in open court.

When the lower court judge ruled last year, it sparked an immediate response from news organizations across the state, who joined in a friend of the court brief that claimed the ruling was unconstitutional.

40 Under 40

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At least four people with news media connections have made Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40 list this year.

The list includes, Brett Orzechowski, the CEO and publisher of the Connecticut Mirror, David DesRoches of WNPR, Teresa Dufour of News 8 and Ryan Hanrahan of NBC CT.

Congratulations to all.

Lemon Leaves

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NBC CT has confirmed reporter Seth Lemon has left the station. The word was sent in an email to staff without explanation.

Lemon’s previous experience includes reporting for News 4 in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a reporter trainee. He attended Howard University and interned at NBC News and CNN where he worked in “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer (italics added for urgency).

We’ll keep an eye out for where Seth lands next.

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