Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar. 10, 2009




Toronto Star:

In the midst of an enduring slump by the Big Three automakers and a main street already pockmarked by empty store fronts, the last thing bordertown Windsor needs is to see its number one source of local television news go silent. What makes the imminent closure of CHWI-TV - the A-channel affiliate owned by CTV and slated to go off the air in August - even more puzzling is that the station has a loyal viewership three times the size of its only other Canadian competition, the CBC. As media companies face plunging earnings in a recession-wracked economy, the local news at noon, 6 and 11 p.m. may become the ultimate victim. "The viewers are puzzled and they don't understand, if the station has been so successful, why it's closing," said Cal Johnstone, A Channel's news director in the city of 200,000. "This is what's so crushing for Windsor now. We've built a following, a very faithful, loyal following," agreed anchor Jim Crichton... Throwing salt on Windsor's wounds (Sun, 3/8)







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