Tribune Company will relocate the operations of its two Hartford, Conn., television stations into the building occupied by The Hartford Courant to form a new combined news-gathering entity, the company announced Monday.
In addition, it will replace Courant Publisher Steve Carver with Richard Graziano, general manager of WTIC-TV and WTXX-TV. He was named
publisher of the Courant "effective immediately."
“This is the future of media,” Randy Michaels, Tribune’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “Whether in print, over the air, or online—the delivery mechanism isn’t as important as the unique, rich nature of the content provided. Bringing these media properties together will enable us to bring more resources to our news coverage, improving and expanding what we can offer readers, viewers and advertisers in the area.”
Following the change, WTIC-TV and WTXX-TV will begin broadcasting news from a studio located in the Courant’s newsroom. Construction is expected to begin later this summer.
"WTIC-TV also plans to expand its news offerings by adding two half-hour broadcasts, one at noon and another at 6 p.m.," the release stated. "Between them, the two stations currently provide 33 hours of news each week to viewers in Hartford."
Graziano has overseen the television stations since 2005, and last July was promoted to senior vice president/general manager, assuming additional oversight responsibility for the company’s stations in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., the announcement added.
“We are focused on serving Hartford and Connecticut and Rich is the best person to lead our efforts,” said Ed Wilson, president of Tribune Broadcasting. “He’s talented, experienced, and has great leadership skills. But most importantly, Rich knows the market better than anyone.”
“This move is a demonstration of our commitment to news and to downtown Hartford,” added Graziano. “The people who live and work in this area have been through a lot recently and the local economy is tough, but the folks here are resilient and dedicated to making things better for themselves and their communities. So are we.”
Carver, who has served as publisher since November 2006, will leave the company following "a short transition period."