TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Posts Tagged ‘WTNH’

WTNH Posts Listing for Current Anchor’s Job

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.

News director Erik Schrader told TVSpy today that Baghdady is currently employed by the station, but he refused to comment on the job posting or the anchor’s future with WTNH. Read more

Anne Craig Promoted to Weekdays at WTNH

After just two months as a reporter and weekend anchor at WTNH, Anne Craig has been promoted to weekday morning anchor.

“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.

His House Destroyed by Irene, Longtime WTNH Meteorologist Now Part of State Campaign for Aid

Mel Goldstein, who retired as WTNH chief meteorologist last month, had his house destroyed by Hurricane Irene and now Connecticut Senator Dick Blumenthal is using his ordeal as an example in trying to win federal emergency aid for the state.

“Mel Goldstein and his wife Arlene, whose home was completely destroyed by flooding from Irene, are being told their homeowners insurance will not cover the damage,” Blumenthal declared, speaking on the Senate floor earlier this week. “The only hope they have is FEMA flood insurance and other FEMA assistance.” Read more

Anne Craig Joins New Haven’s WTNH As Reporter, Weekend Anchor

Anne Craig, who left New York City’s WNYW in April after her contract was not renewed, has joined WTNH as a reporter and weekend anchor.

Craig left WNYW, the Fox owned-and-operated station in New York City, after eight years as a general assignment reporter with a focus on entertainment.

“Anne is a proven journalist and anchor who will complement the strongest and most experienced team of reporters, anchors and photographers in Connecticut broadcasting,” managing editor John Bell said in a statement. “Anne is a terrific addition to the News 8 team.”

Before joining WNYW, Craig also worked at WOFL, the Fox O&O in Orlando. Her first day at the Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate is today.

Erik Schrader Named WTNH News Director

Erik Schrader, currently the news director at WNEP in Scranton, has been tapped to lead the newsroom at New Haven’s WTNH.

“Erik’s experience and hard-hitting style make him the ideal person to lead our news operation,” said Mark Higgins, vice president and general manager of WTNH-WCTX, in announcing the move. “He specializes in aggressive local news that always reflects the ‘voice of the people.’ I’m excited to have him join the team.”

Schrader fills a position that was vacated last November when Kirk Varner left the station to become news director at WKRC in Cincinnati.

During his time at WNEP, Schrader helped launch digital subchannel WNEP2, which features two and a half hours of local news programming each day, and oversaw the station’s transition to HD. Before joining WNEP, he held the news director post at KODE in Joplin, MO and WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

Sara Welch Leaves New Haven’s WTNH After 10 Years

Sara Welch, who for 10 years was a reporter and weekend anchor for New Haven’s WTNH, has left the station to move to California with her fiance.

Welch became engaged in June to Bob Vanech, a college acquaintance who she reconnected with three years ago after he spotted her anchoring on the New Haven NBC affiliate while visiting his family in Connecticut. Vanech is a Los Angeles resident.

“I really want to have a family,” Welch told the New Haven Register. “So I’ll be taking the plunge and driving across the country. But I’ll be back at some point.”

Welch began her career in television at WBKB in Alpena, MI. She has spent time in local television in a variety of different markets, including WGBA in Green Bay and WTEN in Albany. Her final broadcast in New Haven was last week.

As Geoff Fox Joined Rival Station, WTNH Added Meteorologist Erica Grow

In the same week that longtime WTNH meteorologist Geoff Fox joined rival station WTIC, the ABC-affiliate added Erica Grow to its weather team.

WTNH announced on Friday that Grow would be working the 6, 10, and 11 p.m. weekend evening newscasts alongside anchors Sara Welch and Don Lark.

“Erica is an experienced, respected and dynamic meteorologist and we’re excited to have her join Storm Team 8,” said John Bell, WTNH’s managing editor. In a possible allusion to Fox’s joining WTIC, Bell emphasized that, with the addition of Grow, the station has “the most talented collection of weather professionals in Connecticut broadcasting.”

Grow previously worked as a weekend meteorologist for Philadelphia’s WPVI. She left the ABC-affiliate at end of 2009 as her contract expired. Read more

Veteran Meteorologist Geoff Fox Joins Old Rival WTIC

After a 26-year run with Hartford-New Haven ABC-affiliate WTNH that recently ended in an abrupt dismissal, veteran meteorologist Geoff Fox has landed at rival station WTIC, a Fox-affiliate.

This morning Fox tweeted: “It’s official: Fox on FoxCT! Very excited. Will write more later.”

Earlier this week, Fox stoked speculation about the move when he was spotted meeting with WTIC staff on Tuesday. “I guess it’s tough to walk through a newsroom without making a little news!” he said at the time.

Now Fox will be a regular presence in the WTIC newsroom as part of the station’s weather team.

Dismissed by WTNH, Popular Meteorologist Geoff Fox Visits with Rival Station

Geoff Fox to Fox?

That’s the question everyone is asking in the Hartford-New Haven market as the veteran meteorologist, who was unceremoniously dismissed earlier this year by WTNH after 26 years with the ABC-affiliate, was spotted making his third visit to Fox-affilate WTIC.

Fox confirmed the recent visit on his blog:

Back when I was gainfully employed I seldom visited other TV stations. Now it’s different. I drove up to Hartford to see some friends at the Courant and FoxCT. It’s a very impressive place!

I saw lots of old friends–all smiling… However, as of tonight I have nothing to report…

It’s a no-brainer that Fox would draw the attention of rival stations after being let go by WTNH. When news broke that the ABC-affiliate was showing Fox the door, local residents began “Save Geoff Fox” campaigns on Facebook and the meteorologist even received a commiserative phone call from Connecticut Senator Dick Blumenthal.

LIN Media Warns Viewers of Potential COX Blackout

LIN Media stations along the east coast are warning viewers of a potential blackout this week if their parent company cannot reach a new retrans agreement with COX Communications. LIN’s current carriage deal with COX expires at midnight on March 31st.

“Please know that we are working hard to reach a new agreement with COX so you will not lose your favorite programming,” reads a statement from LIN that has been posted on the websites of affected stations. “If we do not reach an agreement, by law, COX cannot carry our television stations on its cable system.”

LIN’s statement goes on to suggest that, in the event of a blackout, viewers switch to a competing pay-TV provider.

Here’s a list of the stations that could go dark this week… Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>