Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all been in breaking news coverage of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. since shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning. The early coverage provided by FNC, CNN and MSNBC relied heavily on affiliates from Hartford and New York City as the cable networks rushed to get their own correspondents to the scene.
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Local Hartford stations broke in to regular programming this morning to cover the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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CBS affiliate WFSB reported the news at 10:29 a.m. with anchor Eric Parker. ABC affiliate WTNH reported it at 10:30 a.m., breaking into the “Rachael Ray” show” with a special report anchored by Keith Kountz.
As stations up and down the East Coast were live with Hurricane Sandy coverage throughout the night (more on that later), The Hartford Courant is reporting that suspicious packages were delivered to two stations in Hartford around 4amET Monday.
Packages were dropped outside the front foyer at NBC O&O WVIT and near ABC affiliate WTNH. The areas were shut down and the bomb squad was called in to investigate, West Hartford police said. The Courant has details on a a suspect:
West Hartford police said they are looking for a white man, possibly in his 40s, with grayish hair who was driving a late model small silver car, possibly a Chevrolet Cobalt or Monte Carlo with a spoiler and sunroof.
>Update: a WVIT spokesperson tells TVSpy that police have removed the package and are evaluating it.
WTNH (ABC) Hartford/New Haven meteorologist Erica Grow is heading south to Washington, DC for a weekend weather and weekday reporting gig at CBS affiliate WUSA.
“My hours were cut back to part-time at WTNH and the new job is a full-time one,” Grow tells the Hartford Courant. “While I had planned to stay in Connecticut longer, Washington D.C. will be a return to the big, big market.”
Grow joined WTNH in April 2011 from WPVI in Philadelphia where she was weekend meteorologist. She’s also worked in Harrisburg, PA and Midland, TX.
Valin will be the weekend morning anchor at WTNH. He debuted this weekend.
LIN Media and Cox Communications reached a new retrans agreement on Wednesday, avoiding a blackout of LIN stations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and Alabama.
The previous retrans deal was set to expire at midnight on Wednesday.
“We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a contract with Cox,” LIN announced in a statement posted on the websites of stations affected by the negotiations. “We appreciate your tremendous support throughout these negotiations.” Read more
“There was a rumor out there that the main anchors were going to leave,” WTNH general manager Mark Higgins told the New Haven Register, discussing Baghdady’s new contract. “It’s standard to post for a position… but it all worked out.”
Earlier this month, WTNH posted a job listing on its website announcing that the station had “an opening for a main anchor” who would work alongside Darren Kramer. Baghdady currently anchors the station’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kramer.
The job listing has been removed as Baghdady retains her seat next to Kramer.
Goldstein had been battling multiple myeloma–a cancer of plasma cells–for the past fifteen years.
He became chief meteorologist at WTNH in 1986 and was a fixture on the station until he retired in October 2011.
In a move that could be either a bargaining tactic or a piece of preemptive hiring, or both, WTNH has posted a job listing on its website that’s essentially the position currently held by anchor Sonia Baghdady.
“WTNH/News 8 in Connecticut has an opening for a main anchor,” the post announces, before stating, “You’ll be anchoring most of your newscasts sitting next to… Darren Kramer.”
Baghdady, who has been with WTNH since 2002, currently anchors WTNH’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Kramer.
“We are always excited to promote from within, and Anne’s time on Good Morning Connecticut Weekend showed us that she could transition nicely to weekday mornings,” WTNH news director Erik Schrader said in a statement.
Craig will co-anchor the newscast with Chris Velardi. She replaces Kristen Cusato, who left the Hartford-New Haven ABC-affiliate last week to join the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut as a regional director.