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Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host: Dennis House

West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka(D) on his decision to step down later this year

State Taxes:
Mayor David Cassetti(R) Ansonia
First Selectman David Mallozzi(D) New Canaan

 

 

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Upcoming Session:
Senators Rob Kane(R) and Cathy Osten(D)

Student Test Scores:
CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg

Potential Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Visconti

 

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Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

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CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

Allen Leaving Politico

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Mike Allen, a franchise player for the news website Politico, is leaving the Washington, D.C. based, conversation leading publication after the fall elections.

Allen spent time in Connecticut as a state capitol reporter for the New York Times. He was one of a core group of former newspaper journalists there at the founding of Politico in 2007. Since then the website – and daily free tabloid – has undergone dramatic growth diving deeper and deeper into Washington, D.C. politics with products based on the “one page briefing” model.

Allen has made a name for himself as the author of the daily tip sheet known as “Playbook.” He is also very much the public ambassador for Politico serving as the host of morning events with news makers and other multi-media productions.

The departure of Allen, co-founder Jim VandeHei and three others, appears to stem from disagreements inside the business about the future of the news organization. VandeHei reportedly plans a new venture he says will not compete with Politico. Having said that, it is worth noting that both VandeHei and Allen worked at the Washington Post which is now owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos who is committed to transforming the Post in the Internet age. VandeHei and Allen clearly have insight on how to do that.

Allen is somewhat of an enigma because of a non-stop work ethic that borders on strange. Few know when he sleeps or even where he lives. While working at the state capitol in Hartford some of his Connecticut colleagues wondered whether he actually slept in the 5th floor press room. He was a dogged reporter who successfully put Connecticut on the Times’ front page numerous times during his short tenure.

There is a more dramatic assessment of the situation at Politico in Friday’s edition of the Washington Post.

The Harris View

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Av Harris, the communications director for Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, must have a unique and perhaps jaundiced view of politicians.

His life and career has placed him in close proximity to a string of questionable characters. We make this observation in relation to the passing of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci who died unexpectedly today after being rushed to a hospital with severe stomach pain.

Cianci was the longest serving mayor of Providence and Harris was working in the city as a reporter when the mayor was convicted on corruption charges and sent to prison.

From the Providence Journal:

He was a political saint – a larger-than-life figure who lit up the rooms he walked in, the hearts of followers and the city he loved.

He was a sinner, who liked to intimidate and dominate, who once shut a restaurant for “over-crowding” after a bouncer who didn’t know him stopped him from coming in.

He was a magician, who showed only his charisma to those he needed most – the voters…

Later, Harris came to Connecticut just in time to cover the collapse of former Governor John Rowland.

And now, of course, he is witness to the resurrection of Ganim, who has returned to the mayor’s office after serving time on a corruption conviction.

Who knows what to make of this curious string of events. One is left to wonder; Harris moves to town, politician goes to prison. Just a coincidence?

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Harris with the latter day “Prince of Providence.”

The Radius Project

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The team at WNPR has put together a new podcast project designed to “map the city of Hartford” in a new way. The Radius Project seeks to tell stories of Hartford based on the personal stories of the people who live there.

The first five episodes have been posted and use well-known Hartford landmarks as a starting point for each story.

Julia Pistell and Jamil Ragland are co-hosts. The executive producer is Catie Talarski and former Hartford Courant photojournalist Shana Sureck is providing images for the Radius Project website.

“Joe Ganim eschews drama. Michael Giannotti marinates in it…”

Ex-con Joe Ganim is the mayor-elect of Bridgeport. (WFSB photo)

When is a post about a resignation more of a psychological profile piece? When Lennie Grimaldi of Only in Bridgeport writes about the inner-workings of the Ganim Administration. Lennie has “been there” as a former Ganim insider. The news that former CT Post reporter Michael Giannotti resigned as public safety spokesman yielded a Ganim analysis that we found fascinating.

Deal Off

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Follow up now on a story we posted 44 minutes ago…

Meredith and Media General have jointly announced that their previous deal to merge is off.

Both companies agreed to terminate the deal. As part of the settlement Meredith will receive $60 million in cash and retain the “opportunity” to purchase certain Media General “broadcast and digital assets.”

Meanwhile Nexstar has entered into an agreement to acquire Media General for $4.6 billion.

The now failed Meredith/Media General merger was watched closely in Connecticut because of its potential impact on WFSB and WTNH.

Developing…

Heritage Stations Off Air

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Two heritage AM radio stations in Fairfield County are at least temporarily off the air.

WSTC and WNLK, based in Stamford and Norwalk(you guess which is which), were pulled off the air this week by the WSHU Public Radio Group.

STC and NLK were purchased by the WSHU group in 2013. Both stations have been declared unprofitable by their new owner and shut down. WSHU is looking for a buyer.

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