Cross Ownership

Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the FCC, says it is time to reconsider rules preventing cross ownership of television and radio stations and newspapers in the same market.

The rules have been in place for decades, but Pai says the current economic reality in the media business requires a re-examination, adding, cross ownership might help some struggling television stations and newspapers survive.

The issue came to a head in Connecticut several years ago when Tribune purchased both Fox 61 and the Hartford Courant.

Women Covering White House

Margaret Brennan, CBS News(CT)

It is just a fact that women are growing in numbers in many newsrooms. In television in particular, we notice an increasing number of programs hosted by women anchors and populated with female guests.

Vogue has a feature article spotlighting the women covering the Trump White House, including several with Connecticut ties.

Patrick Kinney, 51

Well known Connecticut public relations consultant Patrick Kinney has died at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer.

Kinney was a partner in the public relations practice of Gaffney Bennett in New Britain for the last 15 years. His brother is long-time Connecticut capitol lobbyist Steve Kinney. From 1987-1990 Pat worked as a legislative liaison for Governor Bill O’Neill.

We offer our condolences to Pat’s family and his colleagues at Gaffney Bennett.

Journalism Forum

Darren Hayes

The Southern New England Association of Black Journalists is hosting a forum later this month at Quinnipiac University on the state of journalism.

Darren Hayes of ESPN is the featured keynote speaker.

The event will be held in the Engineering Building on the Quinnipiac campus on March 25th from 12p.m. – 3p.m. It’s free. There will be additional speakers from NBC 10, WBZ and WQUN.

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