From “TV NewsBlues”

From NewsBlues for TV Insiders:

An insider at Tribune’s troubled WTIC-61-Fox in Hartford (Market #30) claims nightside reporter Laurie Perez has a contract clause that guarantees “she must be assigned to cover the lead story for our 10PM newscast every day she works unless she declines.” The tipster claims management “confirmed the arrangement” to staff this week.


Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB   11 a.m

Host: Dennis House

U.S. Senate Candidate Peter Schiff (R)

Reporters: Rick Green of the Hartford Courant, Brian Lockhart of the Stamford Advocate

The Real Story Fox61 10:30 am

Host: Laurie Perez

2010 Senate Race

Peter Schiff (R)

CT Auto Dealers Strike Deal with Military

Chip Gengras, Gengras Motor Cars

Red Cross Blood Donations

Bob Kaufman, Bob’s Discount Furniture

Paul Sullivan, CEO American Red Cross Connecticut

The Stan Simpson Show Fox61  10 am

Host: Stan Simpson

Hartford’s Gang Problem

Anthony Griffin, Hartford entrepreneur

Linda Miller, retired school teacher

Boston Celtics’ Search for 18th Title

Scott Gray, WTIC 1080 sportscaster

CT News Makers WVIT/NBC30  6:30 am

Host: Tom Monahan


Focus on Connecticut News12 Saturday: 7:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm.Sunday: 2:30 am, 7:30 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Greenwich Selectman Race

First Selectman Peter Tesei (R)

First Selectman Candidate Linda Lavery (D)

Norwalk Mayoral Race

Mayor Richard Moccia (R)

Mayoral Candidate Steven Serasis (D)

Mayoral Candidate Scott Merrell

Easton First Selectman Race

First Selectman Tom Herrmann (R)

First Selectman Chris Neubert (D)

CTN Capitol Report Sunday at 8 pm Replays of: The Real Story (8:30 PM), CT Newsmakers (9 pm),  Face the State (9:30 pm), On the Record (10 pm)

New Guy at NBC Connecticut

ben sosenko (2)We must have been at the beach when Ben Sosenko joined the NBC Connecticut news team – he never got the Laurel welcome to the market (here’s how you pronounce New Haven, Berlin, Cheshire, etc.).  Ben came to the station in July of this year from News12 Westchester, where he was a freelance news reporter. Before that he was the sports director at WRNN in Westchester. According to his official bio,

Before moving to the northeast, Ben spent time in tiny midwest markets like Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Grand Forks, North Dakota.Though a New England native, born in Boston, Ben was raised in North Miami Beach, Florida. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an undergraduate degree in history.  He earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami.

Courant Apology

We’re a little late on this…

Over the weekend the Courant ran an apology to its readers when sportswriter John Altavilla copied an ESPN report stating that UConn Women’s Basketball recruit Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis committed to play for the Huskies. John also wrote an apology to his readers on his Courant Blog.

A summary of the issue was posted on the comment portion of the blog from the person who originally recognized the problem. 

Interesting thoughts on the state of the Hartford Courant:

It was me; I caused the “problem”. I’m not a twit, I’m a UConn grad and a former team sport (not basketball) co-captain. Mr. Altavilla edited the ESPN/Hoopgurlz piece (removed paragraph 3 of 5 and left the remainder verbatim). Were you aware that other Courant writers got in trouble recently for non-attribution of their sources? So I sent Mr. Altavilla a blog gently chiding him about lazy journalism. His piece and my blog were yanked almost immediately. I’m sure that not referencing the source was merely an oversight on his part. I mean, nobody would deliberately plagiarize a simple little news snippet. You’re right, it’s not a big deal. But there is a larger point here. The Hartford Courant is an upper-echelon newspaper. Mike Anthony and John Altavilla are the standard-bearers of the Bill Lee and Owen Canfield legacy. And when I see derivative writing about “hot wings on the road” from Mr. Anthony and cut-and-paste blog items from Mr. Altavilla and non-spellchecked pieces from each, I’m concerned. Being a staff writer at the hornets nest that the Hartford Courant has become can’t be an easy job. All I’m saying is that these guys need to have their game face on every single time that they touch their keyboards. (And John, ask Dan Fleser how Setember 23 can be a Tuesday AND a Wednsday. See the photo caption of his Simmons/UT self-report article). So you see, Dave, it wasn’t a hateful, picky Tennessee blogger. It was a UConn guy who admires good sportswriting and who respects John Altavilla.
Peace to both of you.

More on Morrison

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We told you a while ago that WVIT alum Rob Morrison is returning to an anchor chair in New York, but here’s more.

College Round-Up

Rick Green has more on the Wesleyan University student blog Blargus (the school’s newspaper is The Wesleyan Argus). Rick describes the student co-author as “Former Hall High School free speech crusader and Hartford Courant intern” Ezra Silk.

From a friend: “Diana Simonds has retired as director of publications at the University of Hartford. Great person, fine journalist, produced much first-rate work for the school. She was the editor of The Observer for years, and it always read like a publication from a much bigger school.” Congratulations on a great run, Diana.

Funeral Etiquette

We know you’re supposed to turn off your cell phone at a funeral service, but if you’re a reporter is it okay to tweet? After yesterday’s service for slain UConn football player Jasper Howard,  a staff writer for the University’s “The Daily Campus” –Russell Blair —ponders this question on his blog.

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