Girl Band

On this International Women’s Day it appears CNN sister network HLN is betting its future on women.

The network has announced former CNN anchor Carol Costello will begin anchoring a two hour block to be known as Across America next month. It means from 6a – 5p HLN programming will be hosted by women – most with a work history that includes time at CNN. The new line up:

6 – 11 a.m. ET: Morning Express with Robin Meade
11 – 1 p.m. ET: Across America with Carol Costello
1 – 3 p.m. ET: On The Story with Erica Hill(Clinton, CT)
3 – 5 p.m. ET: MichaeLA


Two of the people with the longest last names in news and politics sparred Monday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America over President Donald Trump’s explosive allegations – made via Twitter – against former President Barack Obama.

Anchor George Stephanopoulos challenged White House Deputy Press Secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders on the truthfulness of Trump’s charges and the talking points Trump staffers are using to try to explain it all away.

It should be noted that Mrs. Huckabee Sanders, in trying to spin her way out of the communications debacle created by the president, was taking on an anchor with considerably more campaign and White House experience than most people on the Trump staff. Stephanopoulos was a key communications aide to President Bill Clinton. He eventually broke with Clinton over the deceptions that occurred during that administration and chronicled his experiences in a book titled “All Too Human.”

BTW – Huckabee Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

ESPN Talent Facing Layoffs


The Hartford Business Journal is reporting that layoffs are expected to take place at ESPN through June. The cuts will affect only on-air talent.

Tribune Station Sales


While rumors circulate about a possible Sinclair and Tribune Media merger, one analysis says it is more likely Tribune Media would sell off some of its TV stations, but resist a full sale of all its assets.

Tribune Media owns Fox 61 and WCCT in Connecticut.

News Drone Spotted


Back in 1979 WFSB debuted its news helicopter Sky 3 which was immediately mocked by some, but almost immediately put to good use covering a tornado in Windsor Locks.

This week Fox 61 debuted what it is calling Sky61 – a drone it used for the first time on Friday to provide live weather shots during its morning newscast. We have noticed an increased use of drones in the Hartford/New Haven market – so far mostly for beauty shot purposes, but it may not be long before they are used to enhance news coverage in both TV and print.

Sunday Talk








Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Mayor Luke Bronin(D) – Hartford
Corporate Donations to the City

UConn President Susan Herbst

Domestic Violence:
Karen Jarmoc – CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence
John Gavallas – Watertown Police Chief


Real Story pic






The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Governor Dannel Malloy(D)









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

Sen. Toni Boucher(R)

Sen. Carlo Leone(D)


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)

Rumors Worth Mention


There is an old saying that “in America anyone can be president.”

Now that the saying has been proven to be true people who perhaps never considered running for office are thinking it over. Exhibit one; Oprah Winfrey who mused this week that it’s now a viable option.

But by Friday, her good friend (and potential National Security Adviser) Gayle King, formerly of WFSB, was knocking down that possibility. Or as they say in Washington – walking it back.

The “anyone can be” concept is not limited to the White House. At The Laurel we have a list of nearly twenty people interested in running for governor in 2018. The most recent add comes to us through columnist Kevin Rennie who suggests strongly that retiring state police Lt. Paul Vance might be considering a run for statewide office.

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