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Connecticut Anchors Spend More Time with Family for Two Newscasts

WTIC_terziterzi_croppedTony Terzi and his father Al Terzi got to do what many in broadcasting can only dream of, they got to spend more time with family without leaving the station.

The two Terzis anchored the 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. news for Connecticut FOX affiliate WTIC yesterday.

The more tenured Terzi wrote about it on his facebook page, “Very exciting for both of us! I think it’s a first for Connecticut television!”

After the Terzi’s tossed to Meteorologist Rachel Frank for her first weather forecast Frank said, “Terzi and Terzi. I love it here today.”

Al later agreed with his son in a tweet the experience was a dream come true.

Al Terzi spent 14 years at Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH and left rival CBS affiliate WFSB after 28 years in 2012.

[The Laurel]

Here’s How the Hartford Stations Are Handling the Release of the Newtown 911 Tapes

US-CRIME-SCHOOL SHOOTING-FILESHartford-New Haven stations are being cautious about broadcasting the audio from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting 911 tapes, which were released at 2pmET today after a lengthy court battle.

CBS affiliate WFSB, which said earlier this week it would honor Newtown’s request to stay away on the first anniversary of the shooting, announced on Facebook it would not air the audio of the 911 calls. Same for NBC owned WVIT, which is consistent with the policy NBC News has announced.

“As part of NBC Connecticut’s commitment to treat every story with care and compassion, we have decided NOT to air the 911 calls,” WVIT wrote on Facebook. “Our team of reporters will carefully review them after they are released, but we will not play the recordings on air.”

On the noon newscast today, ABC affiliate WTNH said they plan to “select only non-graphic portions of the tapes for broadcast,” noting anyone who wants to hear the full 911 audio can go to the station’s website.

Fox affiliate WTIC had reporter Louisa Muller describe the 911 calls and also played short clips on its newscasts.

Rich Graziano Named President, GM of WPIX

WPIX_logoRich Graziano has been named president and general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. His appointment is effective immediately.

It is a move within Tribune for Graziano, who previously led the company’s Hartford properties. He has been president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT since 2005 and publisher, president and CEO of The Hartford Courant since 2009.

At WPIX, he replaces Eric Meyrowitz, who left the station last week.

“Rich is a skilled and innovative leader who has achieved great success in managing large-scale media operations and delivering results for viewers, advertisers and the community,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement. “We’ve made a number of changes at WPIX, both on-the-air and in the management ranks—the station is gaining momentum. Rich is the perfect addition to lead the new team we’ve assembled.”

More from Tribune after the jump. Read more

Sportscaster Eric Clemons Joins WTIC

Sportscaster Eric Clemons has joined WTIC, the Fox affiliate in Hartford.

Clemons is a veteran sportscaster who began his career in 1984 at WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, Ala. He has also worked at ESPN, Fox, WHDH in Boston, WFSB in Hartford and WVUE in New Orleans.

Clemons made his WTIC debut on the 5 p.m. newscast Thursday.

WTNH Gives Rival Anchor Some Face Time

WTIC anchor Alison Morris (center) accidentally pulled doubled duty while anchoring the 11:00 p.m. news for the FOX affiliate in Hartford-New Haven,CT.

Morris popped up in the monitor behind rival ABC affiliate WTNH anchors Darren Kramer and Sonia Baghdady while the pair were tossing to break.

A sharp-eyed viewer caught the gaffe and sent it out on his twitter feed saying, “See the screen behind the anchors on @WTNH‘s 11 PM newscast tonight? Yeah, that’s @FOXCT‘s newscast. Whoops! #tvnews pic.twitter.com/AfI0JNsXwc.”

Mini-Doc Follows WTIC Weather Crew During Blizzard of ’13

When a big blizzard hit the East Coast in February, Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC let a local production crew follow meteorologist Dan Amarante and his photographer around as they slogged through snowdrifts in the station’s hi-tech weather chaser called the “Storm Tracker.”

The Union Productions director Dustin Schultz told TVSpy the team initially set out to shoot promo footage for WTIC. After the storm, they found enough footage to make a short doc, so they did.

All-in-all it’s a bite-sized look behind the scenes during a major weather event. Plus, there’s a short montage featuring Macklemore’s catchy tune “Thrift Shop.” And what video piece can’t use a montage?

Stephanie Gailhard Joins KMSP From WINK

Stephanie Gailhard is joining KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis, as a general assignment reporter for the morning newscasts.

“Stephanie knows how to work a story and get the very best information for the viewers. She will be a great addition providing constant updates on the biggest local stories of the morning,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement.

Most recently, Gailhard was a reporter at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers. She has previously worked at WPEC and WPBF in West Palm Beach and WTIC in Hartford.

WTIC Adds Crystal Hall as Reporter

Crystal Hall will be joining Hartford-New Haven, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC as a multimedia journalist.

“Crystal adds strength to our team,” said WTIC news director Coleen Marren. “Her previous reporting experience will be put to good use here in Connecticut with all the economic and security issues facing our communities.”

Hall comes to WTIC from KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX, where she was the weekend anchor and reporter.

[TVNewsCheck]

Hartford’s WTIC Partners With NESN For Red Sox, Bruins Coverage

NESN and WTIC, the Fox affiliate in Hartford, have announced a content-sharing partnership for coverage of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.

As part of the partnership, NESN’s analysts and announcers will do pre-grame reports for the Hartford station. WTIC sports director Rich Coppola will appear on NESN’s Red Sox pre-game shows, and the WTIC weather team — Joe Furey, Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante — will deliver the forecast for NESN’s pre- and post-game shows.

“This unique partnership allows two powerhouse organizations to come together to provide a unique experience for its audience,” WTIC general manager  Richard J. Graziano said in a statement. “Delivering FOX CT award-winning sports and weather coverage to the strong and loyal Red Sox and Bruins fans in Connecticut is a win-win situation for everyone.”

WTIC Apologizes for Footage Used in Coverage of ‘Women’s Day’

WTIC, the FOX affiliate for Hartford-New Haven, CT, has apologized for airing footage showing close-ups of women’s breasts in a story about an event at the Connecticut Capitol highlighting women’s rights.

On its facebook page, the station posted the following:

FOX CT apologizes for mistakenly airing inappropriate file footage in conjunction with this morning’s report on Women’s Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. The video should never have aired. FOX CT will publicly apologize on today’s newscasts, as well as through our social media platforms. We are also implementing procedures to keep this from happening in the future. FOX CT is committed to recognizing and applauding the significant contributions of women, both in Connecticut and throughout the country.

After the footage aired, the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women called for an apology and asked that all employees undergo sexual harassment training, “The airing of the footage is repugnant and is not of the level of a credible news organization,” Jacqueline Kozin, co-president of CT NOW said in a press release. “Fox CT News, whether they intended to or not, has just inserted their organization into a culture war and sent the message that women should not be taken seriously. It is an insult to the female employees at Fox and to women throughout Connecticut.” Read more

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