Detroit's Channel 7 to host digital town hall meeting
">WXYZ-TV Channel 7 is planning to host a unique one hour Detroit 2020 event on Tuesday, March 22 from 7-8 p.m. "Tough Times, Real Answers," is a live digital multi-platform interactive town hall meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
The program offers Channel 7 viewers and wxyz.com followers, an opportunity to ask questions... on air, on line and on mobile, about the future of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The three county executives, Robert Ficano from Wayne County, Brooks Patterson from Oakland County, and Mark Hackel from Macomb County, will also weigh in during the discussion.
The show will address the topics that WXYZ-TV viewers have determined are most critical to the future of our region. Questions during the show will come from concerned citizens through emails, Facebook and Twitter. A live chat on detroit2020.com will give viewers a forum to share their thoughts during the live broadcast.
The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan.
"This is a truly groundbreaking opportunity for our viewers to speak directly to the decision makers," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is leading the way in interactive programming with this first of its kind event featuring both the Mayor and the Governor."
The show is part of WXYZ's decade long project, Detroit 2020, a WXYZ commitment to address the challenges facing the region. The goal is to unify, inspire change and help make Detroit a better place to live, work, and raise families.
WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit names Kim Voet as News Director
WDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit has announced the promotion of Kim Voet to the position of News Director. Voet, a 14-year veteran of the WDIV newsroom, has held the positions of Local 4 News Producer, Executive Producer of Local 4 News at 11pm, Special Projects Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer, and most recently, the position of Assistant News Director since December 2009.
Voet has been honored with awards for news coverage from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, The Associated Press and the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, twice during her tenure in the newsroom, the station has received the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in News Coverage, recognizing the efforts of the entire WDIV news staff. Voet has described these team awards as her proudest accomplishments.
"Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom, and has been a driving force behind our election coverage," said Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice President and General Manager. "She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community."
A native of St. Louis and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia school of Journalism, Voet has been a part of news organizations since 1988 including positions at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, WKBD-TV in Detroit, and WFMY-TV and WXII-TV, both in North Carolina.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke on Thursday criticized a House vote to end federal funding for National Public Radio, urging the Senate to reverse course and "allow the valued listeners of Detroit's WDET to hear the best quality national programming."
Clarke and his fellow Michigan Democrats voted against the bill, while all state Republicans -- except freshman Rep. Justin Amash, who voted "present" -- chose to end NPR funding.
"What happens around the world impacts the quality of life of people living in Metro Detroit," Clarke said on the House floor, suggesting WDET connects local listeners to national programming they might not find anywhere else on the radio dial.
The legislation would eliminate federal funding for NPR and bar local affiliates from using federal money to pay dues and purchase national programming. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager at WDET, told The L.A. Times the bill would deeply complicate accounting measures for local stations that utilize federal grants... Hansen Clarke sticks up for Detroit's WDET in wake of House vote to cut NPR funding (Fri, 3/18)