Graziano to WTNH

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As followers of The Laurel’s Twitter feed were alerted this morning, former FOX61 and WPIX general manager Richard Graziano is returning to Connecticut to take over as vice president and GM of WTNH in New Haven.

The news was announced during a station meeting in New Haven Thursday morning. As you know, WTNH is now part of the Nexstar television group, the third largest in the country.

From Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent:

He said he intends to build on WTNH’s historic relationship with New Haven — it started here in 1948, the state’s first TV station — while also focusing on state politics in what promises to be a newsworthy year.

“Politics is a great sport in Connecticut,” he said. “I think it will pay dividends.”

This quote leads to immediate speculation about the possible return to the airwaves of CapitolReportTV, a half hour discussion program hosted by Tom Dudchik that ran previously on FOX61.

Jackson to White House

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NBC News has named former WFSB reporter Hallie Jackson as a White House correspondent. She will be joining her fellow road warrior Kristen Welker at 1600 Penn.

Jackson will continue to anchor the 10a.m. hour on MSNBC.

This will lead many of you to ask; What about Katy Tur? NBC says Tur will anchor the 2p.m. hour on MSNBC at least through Trump’s first 100 days. Tur, you may remember, was stationed overseas before she was dropped into the Trump campaign for what was expected to be just a few weeks or a few months. She is currently writing a book about her experience covering Trump that is tentatively titled: Unbelievable!

To complete the NBC “Road Warrior” update, Kasie Hunt has been assigned to Capitol Hill. All the NBC political assignments are here.

 

Always a CT Angle

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How did this one slip past our sonar nets?

Looking for another Connecticut angle to the incoming Trump administration?Dave Collins of the Day of New London reports Trump press secretary Sean Spicer went to Connecticut College. Spicer of course is joined on the Trump comms team by Hope Hicks of Greenwich.

Meanwhile, President Obama is set to make a public argument for transparency at the White House during his final meeting with the news media Wednesday afternoon.

Together Again for the First Time

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The long-time Hartford morning radio team of Brad Davis and Dan Lovallo is back on the air.

At the start of the year the Brad Davis show, on WDRC and the Talk of Connecticut stations, was re-branded as the Brad and Dan show. It runs from 6a.m. to 9a.m. followed by another hour of political talk hosted solo by Lovallo.

Lovallo also remains on deck as the voice of the Hartford Yard Goats.

Home Again

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One week after the departure of Tyler Jankoski, NBC CT has hired a new meteorologist and he is no stranger to Connecticut.

Josh Cingranelli grew up in Lisbon(CT) and recently studied for a Master’s degree at Sacred Heart University. According to New England One, Josh has been an NBC CT weather observer since he was 8. No word on whether he will be entitled to retroactive payment as part of his new contract.

 

Really Done Deal

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Nexstar has closed on its deal to acquire Media General, the owner of WTNH and WCTX in Connecticut.

As you will no doubt remember, Nexstar is acquiring Media General in a $4.6 billion accretive cash and stock transaction. This deal all started with an attempted merger between Meredith and Media General.

The Argus Epic

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Former New Haven Register capitol reporter Chris Hoffman has a long, in-depth look at one of our favorite free speech controversies of the last year: The battle over the Wesleyan Argus.

As Hoffman reports for the Columbia Journalism Review, the national news media rushed to cover the story, but missed the ending.

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