Legislators Launch Effort to Save Two Connecticut Papers

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By: Joe Strupp

Seven Connecticut state legislators are spearheading an effort to save two Journal Register Co. dailies in the state from possibly closing, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Courant reports the effort is aimed at keeping the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press from potentially shutting down.

?The all-Democratic delegations from Bristol and New Britain have written to state Economic Development Commissioner Joan McDonald to seek a meeting to discuss ways of saving the two newspapers,? the Courant, owned by Tribune Co., reported. ?Faced with a huge advertising decline at papers nationwide and the slumping state and national economies, the Journal Register has announced it will close the papers soon after Christmas if a buyer is not found.?

A letter from the legislators, who are led by state Rep. Timothy O’Brien of the 24th District, stated: “Our communities are struggling in these difficult times, and neither New Britain nor Bristol can afford the loss of jobs that these closures would mean.”

Others signing the letter were Reps. Peter Tercyak, John Geragosian, Frank Nicastro and Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus, along with Sens. Donald J. DeFronzo and Thomas A. Colapietro, the paper reported.

Christopher Cooper, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Jodi Rell, said that McDonald would meet with the delegation: “From the governor’s perspective, the state will do whatever it can to help this business — as we would do with any business.?

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