Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 1, 2008




Detroit News:

"Michigan Replay" is no more. The Michigan football coach's show, which reviewed the previous game and looked ahead, will no longer be on the air Sunday mornings. "It was the greatest thing I ever did professionally," said Bob Lipson, who created the show in 1975 and produced it for 33 years. "It's me. That's my identity. I absolutely loved it and worked with three great coaches. Nobody had it better than me. It was a great run." So what's to become of new coach Rich Rodriguez's show this fall? One thing is certain: it will not be called "Michigan Replay." "I own the name," Lipson said. "It's not for sale." But multiple sources indicated that while a concept still is in development, expect a previewshow and not a review... 'Michigan Replay' is finished (Tue, 7/1)

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Tuesday denied any wrongdoing in a $47 million Synagro sludge-hauling deal that is being investigated by the FBI, saying he has threatened television news outlets with legal action if they air stories linking him to it. "This has nothing to do with me," he said. "My lawyers have drafted up a letter to each one of the stations that you don't even put me in that false light... Kilpatrick may sue if TV stations link him to FBI probe (Tue, 7/1)



Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Detroit has suspended anchor Fanchon Stinger amid the Detroit City Council scandal involving a multimillion dollar waste contract. Jeff Murri, vice president and general manager for Fox 2 Detroit, declined to comment on Stinger's paid suspension, saying it was a personnel matter. Stinger co-anchors Fox 2 News Mornings and is also a member of the Fox 2 Problem Solver unit, according to the station's Web site... Fox 2 anchor Fanchon Stinger suspended (Tue, 7/1)

New focus at Channel 56: Detroit Public Television chief Rich Homberg has started to shake up internal operations at WTVS-TV, Channel 56. The station let several staffers go in the foundation and underwriting departments and is in the process of beefing up program development. Homberg says it's all part of repositioning the station to focus its programming toward local issues and be the prime provider of PBS's national offerings... Names and Faces (Tue, 7/1)







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