Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 11, 2008




Crain's Detroit Business:

Starting Monday, Detroit television viewers will have a second local news option at 10 p.m. Southfield-based WMYD-Channel 20, metro Detroit's affiliate of News Corp.-owned MyNetworkTV, will launch its first weeknight news broadcast Monday, said station president and general manager Sarah Norat-Phillips. "We believe the market is able to withstand another newscast," she said. "Viewers will be happy to have a choice." "TV 20 News at 10" will be a 30-minute newscast... New 10 p.m. TV newscast to start Monday (Thu, 7/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Need a laugh? Don't we all. Well, famed TV face Fred Willard has been added as a special guest to the lineup for "Dick Purtan's Comedy Night Out 2," tonight at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The event is a benefit for the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. (She's the wife of the WOMC-FM-104.3 morning voice.) The event has been sold out for a while, but a small number of tickets may be available today. Check for details ... Public TV to get upgrades- Remember when you'd just get a test pattern? Detroit Public TV is moving its Master Control to a new energy-efficient operation at its Riley Broadcast Center in Wixom this weekend... TV's Willard to join laughs tonight (Fri, 7/11)

Fanchon Stinger was dismissed Thursday night from her job as co-morning news anchor by Fox-owned WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in the aftermath of her involvement with the Synagro sludge plant scandal. The story was still developing late Thursday night. A spokeswoman for the New York-based media conglomerate said only that "Fanchon Stinger is no longer employed by Fox's WJBK-TV in Detroit." No other details were announced... Stinger, Channel 2 part company (Thu, 7/10)



Detroit News:

Fanchon Stinger, a recently suspended morning anchorwoman for Fox 2 Detroit, is no longer employed there, the station said during its 10 p.m. newscast Thursday. The departure comes a day after The Detroit News revealed that Stinger's company was hired as a media consultant by Synagro Technologies Inc. to place media advertisements in connection with a Detroit city sludge contract under federal investigation. Fox 2 anchor Monica Gayle read a statement during the top of the Thursday night broadcast updating Stinger's status. The statement read in part: "Fanchon Stinger is no longer an employee of Fox 2." The station did not indicate if Stinger had resigned or been fired... Fanchon Stinger leaves Fox 2 (Fri, 7/11)







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