CT1 Media enjoys a unique position in the news and advertising worlds. When The Hartford Courant and FOX CT settled under one roof in Hartford in December, 2009, CT1 Media became one of the most dynamic and diversified local media companies in the country.
CT1 Media puts the power of that integration into the hands of its advertisers by offering a portfolio of targeted products, customized solutions, integrated strategies and quality audiences that grow its clients’ businesses.
The business includes the heritage of The Courant, “the oldest continuously published newspaper in America,” and the most technologically advanced TV news production facilities in the industry. Integration is at the core of CT1 Media’s operations and content gathering while its brands exist independently to serve their respective audiences.
The Courant, founded as a weekly on October 29, 1764, adopted the slogan, “Older than the nation,” and has never missed publication since its inception. The newspaper was honored with two Pulitzer prizes, one in 1992 for an investigation into the problems with the Hubble Space Telescope and another in 1999 in the Breaking News category for coverage of a 1998 multiple murder-suicide at Connecticut Lottery headquarters. Times Mirror purchased The Courant, which was employee-owned, in 1979, and the paper was sold again when Times Mirror merged with the Tribune Company in 2000.
FOX TV began in 1984 as a locally owned, general entertainment station in competition with WCCT’s predecessor, WTXX. Known as WTIC-TV at the time, the station became a charter Fox affiliate in 1986, while WCCT is affiliated with the CW Television Network. Over the years, FOX TV had several owners until it was sold to the Tribune Company who subsequently purchased WTXX. Both stations became sister properties to The Courant in the Times Mirror and Tribune merger in 2000.
Fox TV’s 10 o’clock newscast made its debut in 1989, while a weeknight 11 p.m. newscast was added in 2008. Shortly after broadcasting its newscasts in high definition, the station added a weekend morning newscast, which increases the station’s weekly local news output to 45½ hours of news each week, the most of any station in the Hartford/New Haven market.
The Advocate Weekly Newspapers were linked to The Courant even before the newspaper bought the weeklies in 1999. Geoffrey Robinson and Edward Matys founded the company in 1973 when they were copy editors at The Courant. In 1973 they introduced the Hartford Advocate and the Valley Advocate, based in Amherst, Mass. The New Haven Advocate and the Fairfield County Advocate followed in 1975 and 1978, respectively. The Advocate weeklies are a mix of investigative journalism, political coverage and arts features and criticism, mostly from a liberal or countercultural point of view.