Morrison Sighting

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There is a report that former Connecticut news anchor Rob Morrison, who has faced a number of challenges in his personal life in recent years, has been seen in Atlanta auditioning for a position at WGCL, the CBS affiliate there.

According to NewsBlues, focus group testing is being conducted before a decision is made.

Atlanta insiders tell us that Meredith’s WGCL-46-CBS has taped studio auditions with Rob Morrison, the former morning news anchor at WCBS-2 in New York, and Sharon Reed, the primary anchor at Meredith’s KMOV-4-CBS in St. Louis (Market #21). Focus group research is being conducted.

Weather Jeep

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To paraphrase from the movie Die Hard, “It looks like NBC CT has itself an RV.”

Another one.

NBC CT has unveiled the latest tool in its on-going commitment to cover the most severe weather it can find anywhere, anytime and so on and so forth.

There has been lots of debate lately about the “militarization of the police.” This development could lead to a similar national dialogue over the “militarization of the weather.”

Western Mass

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The newsrooms of WGGB and WSHM in Springfield are now one.

The news operations have been re-branded and have hit the air with a new set and a clear mission evidenced in the new name: Western Mass News and westernmassnews.com.

As Laurel readers know, WGGB, WSHM and Fox 6 are all owned by Meredith Corporation, which also owns WFSB in Hartford. The same company, FX Design Group, designed the sets for channel 3 and Western Mass News.

 

Ouch!

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ESPN’s suspended Britt McHenry has gotten her share of bad press over the last week after her parking lot tirade was caught on video tape.

But perhaps the most painful critique of all came in a one line jab from the daily media tip sheet NewsBlues explaining the choice of McHenry as “This Week’s Looker.”

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Britt McHenry’s boorish behavior earned her a spot as this week’s front page NewsBlues Looker, an honor, we all know, that is based solely on appearance…not ability.

Ouch.

Kara Quizzed

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Channel 3’s Kara Sundlun is featured this week in New England One’s “11 Questions” series.

Hackett Retires

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Ray Hackett, the editorial page editor of the Norwich Bulletin is retiring April 26th. As he told the staff in a memo to the newsroom, that Sunday happens to be his 65th birthday.

For those who didn’t know, Ray began his journalism career in radio, including work with American Forces Radio and TV in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

From his note to staff:

It has been a grand journey and I feel truly blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to have been part of and work with so many talented professionals in this amazing industry.

My immediate plans are simple: I’m going to the beach armed with a stack of good books to read and be a beach bum for the summer.
Good luck Ray.

 

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am

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Host: Dennis House

The Connecticut Supreme Court:

Chief Justice Chase Rogers

Justice Richard Palmer, Justice Dennis Eveleigh, Justice Richard Robinson, Justice Andrew McDonald.

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

Rep. John Shaban(R)

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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