We Have tronc News


New reports from the Wall St. Journal and other sources say Gannett has improved its offer to buy tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing which happens to own the Hartford Courant.

Tribune/tronc rejected an $864 million offer from Gannett earlier this year. Details of the new offer are not known.

Job Opportunities?


The owner of WHDH in Boston is planning to make a major investment in local news in the next six months with the potential to draw news talent from around New England.*

Ed Ansin has given up his fight to remain as an NBC affiliate and is now preparing to run WHDH as an independent station, with a heavy emphasis on local news, including a morning news block that will run until 10a.m. and a new 9p.m. newscast.

All told, WHDH will expand to more than 87 hours of news each week in what it believes will be more than any other broadcast station in Boston.

Ansin is beefing up his news gathering operation with about 30 more hires, including reporters and producers. Currently, WHDH has a staff of about 300 full-time and part-time employees. Meanwhile, the stationwill also unveil what he calls a “dramatic” news set next month.

Meanwhile, also from Boston, WBZ is moving its 10p.m. newscast airing on My38 to 8p.m. Accordingly, it will no longer be known as the 10 o’clock news.

*Note to Yankee Magazine: Yes, Connecticut is a New England state.

Baby News!

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Fox 61 anchor Audrey Kuchen has announced she is expecting a baby in December. Her second.

The news broke on Facebook Tuesday evening!! Congratulations to the growing Kuchen family.

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John McLaughlin, 89


The long time host of the McLaughlin Group – John McLaughlin – died Tuesday. He hosted his show for thirty-four years – never missing an episode until last week.

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His pace as a moderator, once parodied on Saturday Night Live by Dana Carvey, slowed in recent years, but was still unique. It is probably fair to argue that McLaughlin helped pave the way for cable television shout matches that are still popular today.

Early in his career, while still an ordained Jesuit priest, McLaughlin taught at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Connecticut. In 1970, he lost a U.S. Senate race in his native Rhode Island running as an anti-war candidate.



Soledad O’Brien. Photo: Variety

The Stamford production headquarters of NBC is getting its share of attention for its role in the production of the network’s Olympics programming.

New set experimentation is underway at Morning Joe. Judging by what’s been seen on-air, it looks as if MSNBC is going for a double shot of the “Morning Joe” theme with an urban coffee shop look for host Joe Scarborough of New Canaan and his political baristas.

Speaking of MSNBC…Brian Williams may land a temporary permanent assignment as the host of an 11p.m. campaign wrap up show that would run from September to Election Day. The half hour experiment, it might be reasonably speculated, could morph into a late night national newscast, an early Nightline redux, or some kind of hybrid Larry King/Late with Brian Williams thing.

Soledad O’Brien, a Laurel follower, is about to launch a new weekly Sunday morning magazine show for Hearst television stations. It is being described as a show designed to bring less familiar voices into the Sunday morning sphere(or ‘space’ in the present day vernacular). Her company, Starfish Media will produce other shows for Hearst stations as well.

Mark Chapman, 63

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Mark Chapman, the editor and co-creator of the local news blog Nancy on Norwalk, died unexpectedly this weekend.

Chapman’s career included work at several well known newspapers, including the Boston Herald, the Cape Cod Times and the Wilmington Star News. He was highly respected in the Connecticut community of online journalists.

Names in the News

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Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Paula Bronstein. The former Hartford Courant staffer who took an early buyout to become a photojournalist based in Thailand is out with a new book.

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear, is published by the University of Texas Press. It is a photo essay of daily life in Afghanistan. UT is a significant publisher of books on photography and the school’s collection of photography is one of the most important in the country. A write up of Bronstein’s book is featured on the New York Times photography blog known as Lens.

H/T – Shana Sureck

Robert Chatfield, Sr. The well known Litchfield County broadcaster died last week in a car crash on Route 112 in Salisbury. He worked for several years at WQQQ-FM before it became a public radio station.

H/T – Tom Dudchik

Matt DeRienzo. The new journalism evangelist, formerly of the New Haven Register and now the executive director of Local Independent Online News Publishers, is interviewed this week by Poynter on the rise “indie news sites.” The interview comes a month before LION Publishers’ annual conference in Chicago(Sept. 29 – Oct. 1).


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