Friday, December 26, 2008

Hoping for something solid at Monday's newspaper meeting

Lawmakers from Bristol and New Britain will meet again next week with state economic development officials about the fate of more than a dozen threatened Central Connecticut newspapers.

Rep. Frank Nicastro, a Bristol Democrat, said he hopes something "substantial" will come of the meeting "instead of just speculation."

The delegation of representatives and senators from New Britain and Bristol will meet with Commissioner Joan McDonald of the state Department of Economic and Community Development on Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building.

"I've heard that there's a possibility it could work out, but beyond that, I don't know," said Rep. Tim O'Brien, a New Britain Democrat. "We don't have any real heads up."

The Journal Register Co., which owns The Bristol Press and The Herald of New Britain, has said it will close the two dailies and 11 community weekly newspapers in the region by mid-January if a buyer is not found for them.


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