Television: April 2006 Archives

FSNAn exclusive interview with Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer will air Monday on FSN Detroit's Red Wings' Pregame at 8:30 PM, prior to the Red Wings-Calgary Flames telecast. FSN's John Keating conducted the interview Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Following is an excerpt from the interview, as Fischer answers how often he thinks about the Nov. 21 incident in which he collapsed on the bench, went into cardiac arrest and was revived via an automated defibrillator: “Not daily, but quite frequently. But I don't look at that night as a bad thing at all. Everybody says 'I'm very sorry for what happened,' which I extremely appreciate, but I always say, why would you be? It could have been a lot worse. I'm not trying to be cheesy, but when you get that close to not being here – everything could have been taken away instantly – and being here, being healthy, mentally being fine…it's really like winning the lottery, so I've already won mine. I don't take many things for granted anymore. I feel very good about every day.”

The interview, Fischer's first public comments since a Dec. 12 news conference, also includes his recollection of that night and he addresses the topic of his hockey future.

 

Letter To Detroit Lions Owner Cites The Importance Of Local Television Coverage In Building Fan Interest; Broadcasters Ask Governor Granholm, Lawmakers And Congressional Delegation For Support

MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is asking National Football League (NFL) team owners to reconsider their recent decision to ban local TV crews from sideline coverage during NFL games. The decision, made by NFL team owners at their recent spring meeting, will prevent local TV crews from capturing game action images for broadcast on news and highlight shows. “For more than 40 years, local television stations have helped build a relationship between pro football teams and their viewers,” said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. “The move to ban local TV crews from game coverage will deny viewers the unique local coverage of NFL games they've come to expect.”

In a letter, the MAB has asked Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford to reconsider the sideline ban, highlighting that Michigan taxpayers helped finance the Lions' home stadium, Ford Field, and that, “A ban on photojournalists at Ford Field would prohibit objective coverage of news events in a publicly funded facility and impede local broadcasters' mandate to serve their community.” “The NFL's sideline ban sets a troubling precedent,” said White. “Subsequent bans of still photographers and other local media will only give the NFL increased editorial control over media coverage of their sport.”

In a separate letter, the MAB has asked Governor Jennifer Granholm, state lawmakers, and Michigan's Congressional delegation for support in contacting NFL representatives seeking a reversal of the sideline ban.

 

Tigers Home Opener on April 10th, plus 15 other games to air on Channel 20

The Detroit Tigers senior vice president of business operations Duane McLean announced today that TV20 (WDWB) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) Detroit will air the Detroit Tigers opening day game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Monday April 10th. The game will be broadcast on FSN Detroit and simulcast on TV20, beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Working with the Tigers, FSN also has acquired the rights to 15 additional Tigers games this season – starting in June – that will be televised on TV20 and a to-be-determined network of over-the-air stations throughout the state.

Mario Impemba and Rod Allen will be announcing all the televised games for FSN Detroit and TV20. “We're pleased to reach this agreement with FSN Detroit and TV20, and provide fans and communities with over-the-air Major League Baseball in 2006,” said McLean. “We worked diligently for several months to reach an agreement that is good for our fans, good for our broadcast partners and good for the Detroit Tigers. Broadcast negotiations are often complex and thanks to terrific efforts by both FSN Detroit and TV20, we've got a good agreement and there are now more opportunities for fans to follow the Tigers throughout the season – and just in time for Opening Day!”

FSN“I'm thrilled that together, we're able to give our entire community the opportunity to watch the pageantry of Opening Day in Detroit," said Greg Hammaren, vice president/general manager, FSN Detroit. "FSN Detroit, TV20 and the Tigers all worked as a team to produce and deliver additional games this season for fans to enjoy." “We are proud to be part of the collaboration that delivers a home run for Detroit's baseball fans,” said Sarah Norat-Phillips, president/general manager, TV20 Detroit. “I especially credit Greg Hammaren for his energy behind the agreement and thank the Detroit Tigers for their ongoing efforts to reach an agreement.”


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The Tigers, FSN Detroit and TV20 have agreed to boost Detroit's 2006 baseball television schedule by 15 games, including a simulcast of Monday's Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox that will provide Detroit's audience with "free" TV coverage... Tigers fans get 'free' TV (Detroit News, Sat 4/8)

 

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