Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 29, 2008




Detroit News:

Longtime WWJ-AM (950) vice president and general manager Ritschard "Rich" Homberg has been named president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, a job vacant since Steve Antoniotti resigned last April. Detroit Public Television operates WTVS Channel 56,, DPTV Media and classical/jazz radio station WRCJ-FM (90.9). In a statement, Stephen Strome, chair of the DPTV board of trustees, said: "Rich Homberg has certainly demonstrated a deep commitment to southeast Michigan, and he has a clear understanding of the important role a broadcaster can play in helping our community achieve its goals"... Rich Homberg takes over Detroit Public Television (Tue, 1/29)

Comcast Corp. apologized today for the way it handled a proposed shift of community access programming in Michigan that would force customers to get converter boxes or new TVs to continue to watch local government meetings and high school football games. Rep. John Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and congressional Democrats criticized Comcast and AT&T Inc. for giving the public, educational and governmental programming, or PEG programming, what they termed "second-class" status. "PEG programming deserves first-class treatment, not second-class billing," said Dingell, D-Dearborn ... David L. Cohen, Comcast's executive vice president, told the panel that "in retrospect, we failed to communicate adequately our goals and to work cooperatively with our local partners to produce a 'win' for everyone." "That is not the way we want to do business -- in Michigan or in the rest of the country -- and I want to apologize for that," he said... Comcast promises to fix community access channel issue (Tue, 1/29)







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