Publisher of Register Citizen to Launch Weeklies

Register Citizen: NW CT's Daily Newspaper

The owner of the Torrington Register Citizen and a variety of weekly newspapers and web sites has re-organized intself into Foothills Media Group and will  launch three new weeklies in the Farmington Valley. Foothills Media Group is a division of Journal Register Co., which owns a number of Connecticut newspapers including the New Haven Register, the Middletown press, the Litchfield County Times (plus Connecticut Magazine).

Could Gayle Fill the Oprah Void?

Gayle King

We should go to Blogger jail for missing this story about WFSB alum Gayle King possibly getting her own talk show.

Politician’s Dream: Leave Office and then Give It Back to Reporters

Some in the Connecticut news media will remember John J. Ryan who served as a state representative from Darien and Rowayton for 14 years. In an opinion piece for he takes on the capitol press corps and its coverage of the state’s latest political news:

As we have lamented in this space many times before over the last decade and a half, astute analysis of what is really happening and why is hardly the strong point of Connecticut’s media.


Rowland and the “Comeback Trail”?

Today the New York Post’s “Page Six” includes former Governor John Rowland among its blurbs about Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Jimmy Fallon…

We Are Thankful For…

Former Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross’ 1936 Thanksgiving Proclamation

The renewal of Colin McEnroe’s radio program on WNPR for 13 more weeks

The new Dunkin’ Donuts on Capitol Avenue and Lawrence Street in Hartford. Partly because, as the Hartford Courant’s  Tom Condon has pointed out, the building was nicely renovated.  Mostly, however, because it’s near The Laurel’s offices.

The Boston Red Sox

The New York Yankees

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO

The excitement ahead in 2010 with races for Governor and the U.S. Senate

Our readers.

Collateral Damage?

There’s concern among friends of former Hartford Courant reporter Larry Smith that he is being unfairly named in the Journal Inquirer’s plagiarism suit against the Courant. More from the Hartford Courant alumni site.

Don Was Back, But It Was Brief


Not long ago The Laurel told you that former WFSB anchor Don Lark was returning to Connecticut.  Word was that he had been hired by Republican Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign to do communications work. But recently we’d been hearing that it was a short-lived stint. Here’s some information from a friend at the McMahon campaign:

Don was brought on early in the campaign to help with pre-announcement organizational work, as well as to assist with a large communications workload before and during the kickoff phase. Once the campaign got off the ground, he returned to his job and existing clients in New York.

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