On Deadline: Is Time Running Out for the Press?

Release Date: 02/25/2010

New CPTV Original Profiles the Perils of Today’s Newspapers, Including the Recent Problems of the Bristol Press  

Premieres Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV);
Encore presentation on Friday, March 5 at 10 p.m.
 
In an age of declining readership, falling advertising revenue and the fast invasion of the Internet, newspapers as we have known them are changing. The perils of today’s print media have been felt in Connecticut, with two major dailies in crisis over the past year. In an effort to address this issue, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV will premiere On Deadline: Is Time Running Out for the Press?, a new one-hour CPTV Original documentary that examines the current state of print media. The documentary will premiere on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on CPTV, with an encore presentation on Friday, March 5 at 10 p.m.
 
Co-produced by John and Rosemary Keogh O’Neill and Jeff Young, On Deadline focuses on the near-demise of the Bristol Press – and to a lesser extent, the New Britain Herald – two years ago, with an update regarding the papers’ present situations. Narrated by broadcast journalist Janet Peckinpaugh, the film also includes interviews with key figures of the news business, many of whom have changed with today’s new technology and brought news coverage online in serious, thoughtful and sustainable ways.  
 
On Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., the Mark Twain House & Museum is collaborating with CPTV on a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion led by John Dankosky, news director, WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio. Participants on the panel include: Michael Schroder, editor and publisher of the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press; Steve Collins, staff writer of the Bristol Press; Naedine Hazell, editor of the Hartford Courant; Christine Stuart, editor/owner of CTNewsJunkie.com; and Mark Pazniokas, capitol bureau chief of CTMirror.org. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Mark Twain House & Museum and CPTV and WNPR members) and can be purchased by calling 860-280-3130.
 
On Deadline: Is Time Running Out for the Press? is co-produced by John and Rosemary Keogh O’Neill and Jeff Young. Narrated by Janet Peckinpaugh.
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming.  CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily.  The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) also includes WNPR. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information.  Its award winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live hosted by John Dankosky.  Overall the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers.  For more information, visit www.cptv.org
 
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