Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 16, 2007

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WDIV promotes Bob Ellis to news director

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 has promoted Bob Ellis to the position of News Director. The move, announced by Steve Wasserman, WDIV V.P. and General Manger, became effective October 5th.

Ellis has been the Assistant News Director at WDIV since 2002. Prior to that, he served in many other roles in the news department including Executive Producer of Special Projects, Investigative Producer and Sports Producer. For more than a decade, he has been the point person for Local 4 News coverage of Detroit’s big events, overseeing the station’s coverage of elections, Red Wings and Pistons championship parades, and over 20 hours of live news coverage during Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

“I'm excited to continue the incredible legacy of news that's been established at Local 4,” Ellis said. “I grew up in metro Detroit, and I understand the kind of stories and issues people who live here are interested in, because they interest me as well.”

Ellis has been honored with ten NATAS Emmy awards, and awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press. During his tenure as Assistant News Director, Local 4 News received a 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, and a 2003 Murrow Award for Best Newscast in the Midwest region.

Ellis and his family reside in Farmington Hills. He is a graduate of Southfield High School and Michigan State University.

Ellis succeeds Neil Goldstein in the role of News Director, who was recently named V.P., Director of Marketing and Digital Development for WDIV. Goldstein joined WDIV in January 2005, and through his leadership in the news department the station continued its dominance in local news with Michigan’s top-rated late newscast, and a growing presence online with the success of the station’s website,


The E. W. Scripps Company, owner of cable networks, TV stations and newspapers, announced Tuesday its intent to split the company into two publicly traded companies, one focused on its national lifestyle franchises, the other focused on its local media properties. The plan was unanimously approved by the company’s board of directors and is expected to be completed by second quarter 2008. Following the separation, The Edward W. Scripps Trust would maintain control of both companies by electing a majority of board members for each of the two companies. The split will create two companies, Scripps Networks Interactive with combined annual revenue of about $1.4 billion and 2,100 business and The E. W. Scripps Company with combined annual revenue of about $1.1 billion and 7,100 employees (including Detroit's WXYZ-TV Channel 7)... Scripps co. to split into two publicly traded companies (Tue, 10/16)

106.7 The Fox to smash recalled toys

Country WDTW-FM 106.7 will broadcast live from the Taylor Town Trade Center this Friday, October 19th, from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. and is inviting listeners to drop off toys that were manufactured in China and recently recalled because of safety hazards such containing excessive levels of lead paint and other hazards. Sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. all the recalled toys will be smashed by a steamroller or shredded by a wood chipper.

Everyone that stops by can sign a billboard encouraging people to buy American and enter for a chance to see Garth Brooks in Kansas City. The Taylor Town Trade Center is located at 22525 Ecorse Rd. in Taylor.



Smashing of the hazardous toys our children play with is a wonderful event. My thanks go out to those who sponsored this important protest. We have fought for regulations and safe guards in this country. It protects the American people from deadly exposures. This recent toy recall because of unsafe lead in our children's toys is an outrage. This government allows these tanted products to be shipped into our country. It is this same government that just denied health care for our children. We the people are saying NO!






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