Tribune Spinoff Decision Raises Questions

On July 15, Tribune Co., the company that currently owns the Hartford Courant, confirmed that it will spinoff its publishing business into Tribune Publishing on August 4. The publishing company will include newspapers such as the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and several others. While no one has discussed specifically the decision’s implications for the Hartford Courant, it raises many questions about the paper’s future. On WNPR’s news show “The Wheelhouse” this morning, Colin McEnroe and guests Kevin Rennie, Daniela Altimari, Gerry Brooks, and David Collins discussed the possible implications. The Laurel will report more news on what this means for the Courant as it becomes available.

Channel 3 Owner Meredith Corp Buys Springfield Station

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According to industry sources, Meredith Corp, which owns Channel 3 will buy the Springfield ABC and Fox affiliate station WGGB. Meredith Corp already owns  the CBS affiliate station in Springfield, WSHM. The sale is expected to close by the end of the year. The station, currently owned by local company Gormally Broadcasting, is supposed to sell for 53.8 million.

School Shooting: Media Does Their Best and Worst

The Denver Post’s TV critic reviews the news media’s coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
But this was a horrible day for everyone involved so we sympathize with the members of the Fourth Estate who had the wrenching job of covering this tragedy.
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