Sonia’s Out, Anne is In

Sonia Baghdady, 5/5:30/11 pm  anchor at WTNH, has announced on her Facebook page that she is leaving News8 after 11 years. We’re told that since her last drawn-out contract negotiations things had not been sunny on Elm Street in New Haven.  Baghdady’s off-air photography sessions may not have irked management but indicated that she clearly didn’t mind being known for something other than her journalistic credibility. All signs lead to morning anchor Anne Craig taking over some of Baghdady’s newscasts.

Just want to let you all know tonight’s 5pm newscast was my last one at News 8. I’m excited to say I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue other interests and passions. I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past 11 years at WTNH. That support has meant the world to me. I’m looking forward to where my path leads me next.
xo Sonia

From the WTNH website:

Thank you and farewell Sonia Baghdady! Sonia is leaving News 8 to pursue other interests and passions. While we are sad to see Sonia go, we are happy she’s able to pursue her dreams. Sonia has been a wonderful friend and colleague to us here at WTNH over the years as well as a trusted broadcast professional delivering the news and having your back for more than a decade. From all of us here, we wish you only the best Sonia, you will always be a part of the News 8 Family!

So Cute He Stopped Traffic

Rachel Lutzker And Her New Son

Congratulations to FoxCT’s Rachel Lutzker and her husband David Jorgensen on the birth of Alexander Lawrence (Alex)!

Sweet Victory

Colin.harvard CupcakeYale man Colin McEnroe tucks into a Harvard cupcake at this weekend’s football game in New Haven. In the end it was Harvard who ate Yale’s lunch – 34-7.

Silver Status







Congratulations to CT Broadcasting Network President & CEO Jerry Franklin and WFSB Anchor Denise D’Ascenzo; both were inducted last week into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Silver Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago.


Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host: Dennis House

Connecticut Remembers JFK

Guests:  Dick Ahles, Former WFSB VP of News

Don Noel, Former WFSB, Hartford Times reporter

Carol Cohan, wrote to Jacqueline Kennedy

We will also air the first news bulletins to come out Broadcast House on November 22, 1963

CT Capitol Report FoxCT Sunday 10:30 am

Host: Tom Dudchik
The Real Story FoxCT Sunday 10 am

Hosts: Laurie Perez and Al Terzi

Discussion of the Michael Skakel case – A prominent defense attorney explains why he thinks it’s not very likely that the state will retry him, for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

Guest: Attorney Reese Norris

Federal lawsuit against United Health Care to block the firing of 2,200 doctors from its Medicare Advantage Plan – could affect 60,000 patients

Guests: Bollepalli Subbarao, MD  (President, Hartford County Medical Association)

State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, MD (HCMA Board Member)

Bradley International Airport Update – Potential Impact of American Airlines/US Airways merger, on flights and prices, demolition of Terminal “B,” and details on other plans, including efforts to resume scheduled flights to Europe.

Guest:  Kevin Dillon, Executive Director, CT Airport Authority


The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30 am, online at

Host: Stan Simpson

Introducing New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart (CT’s youngest mayor at 26)

Guests: New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart shares her vision for revitalizing New Britain.

Advice for Young CT Political Leaders

Guests:  Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbtst joins Erin Stewart to talk about the challenges of being a young chief executive.

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

Michael Pavia (R)

Stamford Mayor

Easton  Former First Selectman Thomas A. Herrmann (R)
CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8 pm Replays of: The Real Story (8:30 pm), Face the State (9:00 pm),The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

Cuts Coming From the Courant’s Parent Company

News from Tribune in Chicago … what will it mean for the Courant?

Tribune Co. announced a restructuring of its publishing business Wednesday that will redeploy resources to focus on its digital business and operate more efficiently, resulting in nearly 700 job losses across the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers.

Paywall’s A- Comin’

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Its CEO has been a critic of charging to view online news content, but Digital First Media, which owns the New Haven Register, is now adopting a paywall.

CEO John Paton announced the transition in a blog post Monday. “We need more gas in the tank if we are going to complete this journey of print-to-digital transformation,” he wrote.

The all-access metered model will allow non-subscribers a set number of free articles per month. Subscribers will receive access to print, digital and mobile content.

We aren’t sure if this will affect all the company’s CT publications which include the New Haven Register, Connecticut Magazine, the Middletown Press, The Register Citizen, the Litchfield County Times and various weekly, monthly and quarterly publications.

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