Colin McEnroe joins Hearst Connecticut as columnist

Popular radio show host, political analyst and humor writer Colin McEnroe will write a regular column for Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers, the company announced Tuesday.,McEnroe is moving his weekly column to the New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and other Hearst newspapers in the state on Jan. 20 after a 35-year run in the Hartford Courant.,He joins a lineup of Hearst Connecticut Media voices that include state government/business columnist Dan Haar and sports columnist Jeff Jacobs, who left the Courant for Hearst in 2017 and early 2018.,Matt DeRienzo, vice president of news and digital content for Hearst Connecticut Media, said that McEnroe joining Hearst is an important announcement in a series of moves that will offer subscribers a premium lineup of distinctive Connecticut voices, more aggressive enterprise and investigative reporting, comprehensive guides to niche statewide topics, and the local news most vital to their communities.,Hearst Connecticut Media includes eight daily newspapers, the New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Norwalk Hour, Danbury News-Times, Torrington Register Citizen and the Middletown Press; Connecticut Magazine, 16 weekly newspapers, and a statewide high school sports site, GameTimeCT.com. read more

REDDING, CT — Christine E. Hansen (nee Daniels), 48, of Redding, passed away on December 3, 2018 at Danbury Regional Hospice after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.,She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Redding.,Christine is survived by her devoted husband Tom, as well as her pride and joy, son Connor of Redding, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Laura of Fort Sill, OK, daughter Kristyn of New Haven, her beloved dog Kirby, mother Diana Daniels of Redding, brother Greg Daniels of Fairfield, father and mother-in-law Robert and Nancy Hansen of Bethel, brother-in-law Robert Hansen, Jr. and sister-in-law Brenda of Shelton, maternal grandmother Elizabeth Daniels of Sherman, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.,A Memorial Mass for relatives and close friends will be held at St. Patrick Church in Redding on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.,To offer online condolences to Christine's family, please visit www.boutonfuneralhome.com.

Nearly three dozen Tribune Media television stations, including KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles, went dark Wednesday afternoon on Charter Communications Spectrum pay-TV service after the two companies failed to reach agreement on a new distribution deal.Customers in more than 6 million Charter Spectrum cable TV homes nationwide including 1.5 million in the Los Angeles region were swept up in the latest fee dispute between two major TV companies.,Theyre not being reasonable.Tribune Media has been demanding that Charter pay higher fees for the rights to retransmit the signals of 33 Tribune television stations in Charter Spectrum markets.,They are losing customers to cord-cutting and paying higher and higher fees for programming.Nielson added that Tribunes rates were considerably lower than other TV station owners, such as CBS or Nexstar Media Group Inc., which agreed in December to buy Tribune Media for $4.1 billion.,An impasse between Verizon Communications Inc. and TV broadcaster Tegna Inc. resulted in an outage Monday of network affiliate stations in Washington, D.C., Norfolk, Va., and Buffalo, N.Y. on Verizon Fios systems.Blackouts in 2018 were down from a record 213 outages in 2017, according to the American Television Alliance, a Washington lobbying group that represents pay-TV operators.The conflict is over so-called retransmission fees the money that cable, satellite TV and telephone companies must pay to broadcast local TV station signals as part of their channel lineups.,Television station owners in 2018 collected a combined $10 billion in such fees, up from $9.3 billion in 2017, according to the alliance.Charter and the Los Angeles Times are collaborating on a news magazine show called L.A. Times Today, which is scheduled to launch in February on Charter's Spectrum News 1 channel.

John Valmis, well known among Stamford sports circles, died Christmas Eve at the age of 94.,John Valmis, well known among Stamford sports circles, died Christmas Eve at the age of 94.,Photo: Mark Conrad / File Photo

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The dispute between Charter Communications and Fox 61 — as well as one involving Cox Communications and WTNH — threatens to take both stations off cable systems operated by the two companies just in time for New Year’s Day.,The dispute between Charter Communications and Fox 61 — as well as one involving Cox Communications and WTNH — threatens to take both stations off cable systems operated by the two companies just in time for New Year’s Day.,The dispute between Charter Communications and Fox 61 — as well as one involving Cox Communications and WTNH — ... more

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The midterm election was an upset for those rooting for Republican Toni Boucher, of Wilton,  who lost the race for Connecticut’s 26th State Senate District seat to 22-year-old Democrat Will Haskell, of New Canaan, by more than 2,000 votes.,The Planning and Zoning Commission has held numerous public hearings this year on applications submitted by Wilton Heights, LLC, which is proposing to redevelop 300 Danbury Road and several properties on Whitewood Lane with mixed-use buildings consisting of retail space and residential units.,At the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Nov. 13 public hearing on Wilton Heights LLC’s application, historic commission chair Allison Sanders said that the developer’s plans, as proposed, included the demolition of the two structures.,At the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Nov. 26 public hearing, Dix said she worries that the proposed development would overshadow Wilton Center.,Wilton residents were vocal in their opposition to a proposed roundabout for the intersection of Belden Hill Road and Wolfpit Road at a public hearing held by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on June 5.

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Charter Communications Spectrum customers could miss out on a holiday tradition: watching KTLA Channel 5s television coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.Charter and Chicago-based Tribune Media, which owns KTLA and 32 other television stations in Charter markets, including San Diego County, have spent the last few days trying to hammer out a new agreement under which Charter can transmit Tribunes station signals.,The two sides have been wrangling over key details of the carriage agreement, including a proposed fee hike by Tribune, with a looming deadline of 9 p.m. PT Monday thats New Years Eve.Without a new pact in place, or an agreement on a short-term extension, Charter would be forced to remove Tribune station signals from its cable lineup just hours before KTLA begins its marathon parade coverage.,2018 has been a bruising year for traditional pay-TV operators with the industry on track to lose 1.1 million customers this year, including more than 200,000 cable TV subscribers from Charter, according to recent estimates from MoffettNathanson Research.Weve offered Spectrum fair market rates for our top-rated local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming, and similarly fair rates for our cable network, WGN America, Tribune Media spokesman Gary Weitman said in a statement.,Disney-owned ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia would be included in the outage, however, Disney said this week that negotiations continue in earnest and we remain optimistic that we can reach a deal.In addition, station owner Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. is threatening to go dark on New Years Day on the small Madison, Wisc.-based TDS Telecom, which serves communities in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas and Oregon unless the companies reach a truce.There have been 137 television blackouts in 2018, including an unresolved and protracted dispute between satellite TV provider Dish Networks and Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications.,Television station owners this year will collect a combined $10 billion in such fees, up from $9.3 billion in 2017, according to the alliance.Retransmission fees have also been the sticking point in the current contract talks between Tribune and Charter, according to people close to the negotiations who were not authorized to comment publicly.The Tribune situation is not the only dispute that Charter is facing.The taxpayer-supported California Public Advocates Office filed a petition late last week to reopen the Public Utility Commissions approval of Charters 2016 takeover of Time Warner Cable, which turned Charter into the largest pay-TV operator in Southern California with about 1.8 million customer homes.The Public Advocates Office alleged in legal papers that Charter has not been forthcoming with information about how many homes in California now have access to internet download speeds of at least 300 megabits per second.

John Valmis, well known among Stamford sports circles, died Christmas Eve at the age of 94.,John Valmis, well known among Stamford sports circles, died Christmas Eve at the age of 94.,Photo: Mark Conrad / File Photo

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John Valmis, well known among Stamford sports circles, died Christmas Eve at the age of 94.,John Valmis, well known among Stamford sports circles, died Christmas Eve at the age of 94.,Photo: Mark Conrad / File Photo

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