Baltimore ‘Sun’ Mends Rift With Radio Station, Forms Partnership

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By: E&P Staff

The Baltimore Sun has agreed to team up with WBAL radio and share resources under a new partnership deal, mending a rift that developed over comments by talk show hosts on the station.

According to the Sun, longtime columnist Dan Rodricks will regularly co-host a show with WBAL’s Chip Franklin, beginning in June. Additionally, the paper’s business desk will share news information for an early-morning WBAL radio program. The station will contribute audio feeds with the newspaper’s website, and the paper’s reporters will now be able to appear on the station’s broadcasts. The partnership will include co-sponsorships of political debates as campaigns heat up this fall.

“We’ve found a way to work together because local news is the franchise for both news organizations,” The Sun’s editor, Timothy A. Franklin, was quoted in the report. “This deal is going to provide Baltimore with deeper and richer local content on WBAL, which our journalists can help provide, and it allows us to get more exposure for our journalism.”

The paper also quoted Jeff Beauchamp, vice president and station manager at WBAL, as saying the agreement would be symbiotic for the two media organizations.

“The Baltimore Sun is the paper of record in the state of Maryland,” he was quoted as saying. “It has the resources, the connections, the wherewithal to bring the depth and breadth to a story that other news organizations can’t. We respect that — The Sun has done some things that have been outstanding.”

Eight months ago, after The Sun’s editor perceived an excess of personal insults directed toward staffers, the paper barred all but one of its reporters and columnists from appearing on WBAL.

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