Hartford’s WTIC Shares Space, Resources with Newspaper

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Hartford Courant

When WTIC-TV, Channel 61, broadcasts its 10 p.m. news Saturday, it will go on the air not only in a new, high-definition studio but in space that doubles as the newsroom of The Courant.

Reporters, producers and videographers for Fox 61 will work side by side with reporters, editors and photographers at The Courant, who have occupied that third-floor space at 285 Broad St. for decades.

And that’s just one part of the sharing.

The state’s largest newspaper and one of its four major local broadcast news operations– sister companies for the last decade–are in the midst of an aggressive plan to integrate their operations across the board.

Print and television journalists will help one another on stories. Senior managers now have multiple responsibilities for print, television and online operations to encourage cooperation.

The combination is a rare example of a metro newspaper and an existing network-affiliate TV news outlet joining forces in the same newsroom, under the same management. More…