Tribune Buyouts


Employees at Tribune Publishing newspapers, including the Hartford Courant, got word Thursday on whether their buyout applications have been approved.

According to a report published on the Courant’s website Thursday afternoon, Tribune has accepted requests from about 7% of its eligible 7,000 employees.

We don’t have details yet on who will be leaving the Courant as a result of the early retirement program, but when we do we will pass those details along to you.


Nyberg Honored


The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New England chapter, is presenting News 8’s Ann Nyberg with a Silver Circle Award, in recognition of her more than 25 years in broadcasting.

Nyberg is the longest serving anchor in WTNH’s history. She began her broadcasting career in 1979.

From the NATAS news release:

…Ann has been a storyteller her entire life, starting with a diary her Mother gave her for Christmas when she was 8 years old. That diary is the basis for Ann’s first book called “Slices of Life, A Storyteller’s Diary” which has just been published. She has interviewed the most famous and everyday folk. She has been voted “Best News Anchor” for a decade in “Connecticut Magazine’s reader’s poll. She hosts her own on- air and online show called “NYBERG”, which she developed to tell people’s stories in long format.

Ann began her journey in broadcast journalism immediately following graduation in 1979 from Purdue University, where she earned a degree in journalism. She worked in television news in Indiana and Oklahoma before making Connecticut her home. She and her husband have three daughters and two dogs, Henry Watson and Mr. Trip Meeshu…

Jim Madigan of WGBY in Springfield will also receive a Silver Circle Award at this year’s ceremony, which takes place next week, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Congratulations to Ann, Jim and all this year’s honorees.


Meredith-Media General


According to Reuters, the merger deal between Media General and Meredith Corporation may be dying.

The news service says the Media General board is moving toward making a deal with Nexstar Broadcasting instead of Meredith.

It’s believed a Media General/Meredith merger would force the sale of either WTNH or WFSB. The deal has been in trouble almost from the moment it was announced in August.

C-Span in Hartford


Next Monday(November 16), C-Span will be in Hartford to announce the city has been selected as part of the network’s “Cities Tour.”

C-Span, Comcast, Mayor Segarra, mayor-elect Bronin and possibly the governor, are all expected to be on hand for a news conference.

The event will be held at the Mark Twain House, which as many of you know is an example of Picturesque Gothic architecture.

C-Span’s focus on Hartford means city residents may soon begin seeing the network’s Local Content Vehicles, or LCV’s, prowling the streets looking for stories.

Here’s what to look for:


We welcome C-Span to the Mark Twain House and Hartford.

O’Reilly-Will Feud

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A battle has erupted between Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly(WFSB) and columnist George Will.

The dispute rises out of O’Reilly’s most recent book, with the foolish title, “Killing Reagan.” Bottom line: Will thinks the book does a horrible disservice to Reagan’s legacy.

But an article from New York Magazine reveals a different part of the story and the role the feud may play in the future of Fox News in a post Roger Ailes era.

Lesson Learned?

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Speaking of irony…

It’s troubling the most recent case of students and faculty showing a lack of understanding of the role of the news media in our country comes from the University of Missouri, known worldwide for its journalism program.

An analysis from NPR….

Layoffs at Register


There is some irony in the fact that we are learning of layoffs at the New Haven Register from the New Haven Independent. The path of the information flow seems to put added emphasis on the decline of print and the rise of news published first on the Internet.

More than 30 people have reportedly lost their jobs at the Register and the Torrington Register Citizen, both owned by Digital First Media.


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