BDN, WGME announce news partnership

Posted May 06, 2014, at 6:24 a.m.

A new partnership between the Bangor Daily News and WGME and WPFO television, announced Monday, will enhance the ability of both organizations to create original, multiplatform journalism and serve readers and viewers across Maine.

The partnership will include the sharing of news stories, original blogs and television segments as well as co-hosted public events, such as town hall meetings and political debates during the upcoming campaign season.

“The BDN is excited about partnering with WGME,” said Anthony Ronzio, director of news and audience at the BDN. “Our readership in southern Maine is growing rapidly, and working with a great station like WGME just makes sense to further serve that audience and create a broader platform for our top-notch reporting and storytelling about Maine.”

“WGME and WPFO are thrilled to partner with Bangor Daily News,” said Tom Humpage, station manager for WGME and WPFO. “It allows both organizations to provide more in-depth reporting with a focus on the people, arts, music, food and of course the beautiful outdoors of Maine.”

The BDN is Maine’s most-read news organization and a trusted source of news, opinion and analysis on Maine’s politics, economy, environment, society and culture.

The BDN reaches hundreds of thousands of people each week through its newspaper, website and mobile applications. It maintains bureaus from Portland to Fort Kent, and also publishes weekly newspapers in Dover-Foxcroft, Houlton, Caribou and Presque Isle.

CBS 13, WGME, and FOX 23, WPFO, produce 40 hours of original television news programming each week, with an emphasis on advocating for Maine through tough, watchdog journalism and highlighting those making a difference in their communities.

“This is a partnership that crosses all geographical boundaries,” said Ronzio. “Whether northern, southern, eastern or western Maine, our combined reach should ensure every citizen is informed about what’s happening in our great state.”

This reach is of critical importance in an election year, noted Humpage.

“Together we can sort fact from fiction, and offer a forum where Mainers can be heard and ensure we’re asking the questions they want answered,” he said. “Our partnership will provide viewers and readers across Maine with the most comprehensive news coverage that state has ever seen.”

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