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WTNH Names New Morning, Evening Anchors

ali reed wtnhHartford ABC affiliate WTNH is formally naming two new anchors: Anne Craig is the new evening co-anchor and Ali Reed (pictured) is the new morning co-anchor.

Craig, previously the morning anchor, returned from maternity leave in November. Since her return, she has been filling in on the evening newscast, which was left without a co-anchor when Sonia Baghdady left the station. Reed, previously a reporter at WTNH, filled in on the morning newscast while Craig was on maternity leave.

“We didn’t have to look far to find our two new co-anchors. Their new assignments will allow us to better serve the ever changing needs of our audience,”  WTNH news director Al Carl said in a statement. “Anne’s time on the mornings showed us she would transition nicely to weeknights, and Ali is an excellent journalist who has already made herself a valuable member of the Good Morning Connecticut team.”

More from WTNH after the jump. Read more

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WTNH Lends a Hand to Rival WFSB

Holiday spirit is alive and well in Hartford today as WTNH helps rival WFSB out of a jam:

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.

Sonia Baghdady Leaves WTNH

baghdady_wtnh_croppedSonia Baghdady, anchor for Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH, has left the station.

On her station bio page, WTNH wrote, “Thank you and farewell Sonia Baghdady! Sonia is leaving News 8 to pursue other interests and passions. While we are sad to see Sonia go, we are happy she’s able to pursue her dreams.”

Wednesday, Baghdady told viewers on her facebook page, “Just want to let you all know tonight’s 5pm newscast was my last one at News 8. I’m excited to say I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue other interests and passions. I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past 11 years at WTNH. That support has meant the world to me. I’m looking forward to where my path leads me next. xo Sonia”

Bagdady joined WTNH in December 2002 from WWLP in Springfield, MA. She previously worked at News12 in Long Island, NY.

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin Joins WTAE

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin is joining WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. He begins October 1 as the station’s morning and noon meteorologist.

MacLaughlin comes from WTNH in Hartford-New Haven, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WPIX in New York City, KXAS in Dallas and WPHL in Philadelphia, as well as at The Weather Channel.

“From tropical storms to full-blown Nor’easters, Steve has tracked a wide variety of weather events,” WTAE president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III said in a statement. “His impressive experience forecasting storms will serve Pittsburghers well during severe weather.”

More from WTAE after the jump. Read more

Erik Schrader Named General Manager of KSNW in Wichita

Erik Schrader has been named president and general manager of KSNW, LIN Media’s NBC affiliate in Wichita.

It is a move within LIN Media for Schrader, who has been news director of WTNH in Hartford-New Haven since 2011. Schrader’s last day at WTNH was last week.

“As News Director for one of our largest markets, Erik transformed the stations’ largest single department into a multi-faceted operation with award-winning, multiplatform content creators that work hand-in-hand with every department in a cohesive way,” LIN Media EVP of television Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. “He brings a skill set to one of our newly acquired television stations that will be very important to its growth and development.”

His appointment is effective immediately. Read the official announcement after the jump. Read more

News Director Erik Schrader Out at WTNH

Erik Schrader has left Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH, where he has been news director since 2011.

A station source tells TVSpy that Al Carl, who has been managing editor at WTNH since 2012, has been named news director, though it is not clear whether his appointment is temporary. Before joining WTNH, Carl worked as news director at KMTV in Omaha and as executive producer at KSHB in Kansas City.

The Laurel reports Schrader is moving to another LIN Media station as a general manager.

Neither Carl or a spokesperson for LIN Media responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Jamie Muro Leaving WTNH

Jamie Muro has announced he’s leaving Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH.

The Laurel posted a station memo saying in part, “Jamie is heading over to the dark side, working in media relations for Sullivan & LeShane in Hartford. While I won’t miss his Dallas Cowboy helmet, I’ll definitely miss Jamie both on-air and in-person. Please join me in wishing him nothing but the best!”

Muro started at WTNH in September 2004. Before coming to WTNH he worked at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, FL, WSLS in Roanoke, VA, and KREX in Grand Junction, CO.

According to the Hartford Courant Muro begins his new job in early August.

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.”

Stuck In a News Van Overnight in Blizzard: WTNH Reporter Tells Her Story

WTNH reporter Jacquie Slater and photographer J-P Coleman became part of the story surrounding the recent blizzard that pummeled the Northeast when they got stuck in their news van on the side of a Connecticut interstate.

Slater said the two were trying to get back to the Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate after a live shot when they got on the highway. “Within two minutes of being on the highway I just had the feeling that this was not going to go well,” Slater told WTNH anchor and host Ann Nyberg on her local show, “Nyberg.”

“So we went around this car and he went to get back on what seemed to be the road,” Slater said. “And then at that point I saw the mile marker to my right and I said, ‘You’re off the road.’ And he said, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘You’re off the road.’” Read more

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