Stephanie to Storrs

Stephanie Reitz, reporter based in Hartford  for the Associated Press, is joining the media relations team at the University of Connecticut.

Stephanie started at AP in January 2006, and was at the Hartford Courant for 10 years before that (and Waterbury for two years before that, coming from Florida and Michigan jobs). Congratulations on her new opportunity.

An Al Sighting

Hartford Courant JAVA columnist MaryEllen Fillo on the very public tour of the FOX CT newsroom given to Al Terzi…..

Oscars All-Nighter

The News8 Good Morning Connecticut team went all out for the Oscars this year (televised on their network, ABC). Gil Simmons, Anne Craig and Chris Velardi were on air for the late Sunday evening newscast when the Oscars telecast ended – including a live report from Teresa LaBarbera at Oscars Night Hartford. They stayed at the station to be ready when the morning show went on the air Monday at 5am with some special post-Oscars coverage.

WTNH News Director to Address PRSA Chapter

Erik Schrader, news director of WTNH-TV, News 8, will be the guest speaker at the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the station’s studio, 8 Elm Street, New Haven. Schrader is an award winning 20-year veteran whose experience spans a variety of local television markets. Before joining the News 8 team in September 2011, he served as news director at WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He also has worked as a news director at KODE-TV of Joplin, Mo., KSPR-TV of Springfield, Miss. and WJCL/WTGS-TV of Savannah, Ga. Schrader has also worked as a reporter, a sports director and in production positions. To register, contact Paula Fowler at 203-582-8652 or


Hackett On Air

Ray Hackett, Columnist and Editorial Page Editor for the Norwich Bulletin, is starting a new radio show that will air Saturdays from 8am-9am. The program will be called “Inside Politics” and begins this Saturday, March 3. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will be Ray’s first guest.
Ray continues to do a Monday morning appearance on WXLM’s weekday morning show.

WFSB’s Farewell to Al Terzi

Deadline Approaching

If you watch WTNH or WCTX-59 (MyTV 9) you’ve seen the crawls indicating a battle over carriage fees. More from the New Haven Register’s Joe Amarante:

Cheshire, Meriden and Southington cable TV viewers will lose WTNH-8 and WCTX-59 from their lineups at midnight Wednesday unless a deal can be reached with Cox Communications, and both sides of the money squabble are making their cases on live TV.

Cox has run a frequent crawl over the 10 p.m. News 8 show on WCTX, saying the two stations (owned by LIN TV Corp.) want more money in fees for carriage on cable. The stations, meanwhile, ran notices during program breaks urging viewers to call Cox and express their support of the stations.

WTNH General Manager Mark Higgins issued this response to requests for comment Thursday: “Local broadcasters routinely negotiate their contracts with pay-TV providers. We feel it is our duty to inform our viewers when a contract deadline approaches and a new agreement has not yet been reached. Please know that we are working hard to reach a new agreement with Cox Communications so viewers will not lose their local programming.”

We’re told this will also affect Cox subscribers in the Enfield/Windsor area.

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