Television: March 2011 Archives

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Channel 4, owned by Post-Newsweek, is claiming ratings victories for it's afternoon and late evening newscasts during the February ratings period.

'Local 4 News at 5pm' had a 6.7 rating with a 14 share compared to WXYZ-TV's 6.4/13 and WJBK's 5.1/11 in household ratings. In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, 'Local 4 News at 6 p.m.' scored an 8.3/16 with Channel 7 second at 6.6/13 and Channel 2 third with a 4.4/8.

'Local 4 News at 11 p.m.' finished well ahead of both Chs. 7 and 2 during that time period. WDIV's numbers were a 9.4 household rating and a 17 share, followed by WXYZ's 7.0/13 and WJBK's 4.2/8. WJBK's 10 p.m. newscast finished with 7.4/12

 

LIN Media and DISH Network fail to reach retransmission agreement; WOOD-TV and WOTV dropped

As of 2 a.m. today, DISH Network subscribers in West Michigan will have to turn to antennas to receive NBC affiliate WOOD-TV (Channel 8) and ABC affiliate WOTV-TV (Channel 41) as the retransmission agreement between LIN Media and DISH expired without a new agreement being reached.

"We only want what is fair for our local stations, so that we can continue providing the premium news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to viewers," said LIN Media's President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent L. Sadusky. "We will continue negotiating with DISH so we may reach an agreement."

LIN also owns and operates Fox affiliates WUPW-TV Ch. 36 in Toledo and WLUK-TV Ch. 11 in Green Bay along with 22 stations in markets across the country, all of which were taken off of DISH Network today.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

DISH Network subscribers in West Michigan lost their access to WOOD-TV (Channel 8) this morning as negotiations between DISH and LIN Media, the parent company of WOOD-TV, were unresolved. Local viewers who subscribe to DISH's satellite TV woke this morning to find the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan had been removed. But in its place on that channel, viewers found a message from DISH informing them that LIN had now increased its demands for a 175 percent fee hike, up from 140 percent, and LIN negotiators had stopped taking calls from DISH... DISH Network subscribers wake up to find WOOD-TV gone from their local satellite TV (Sat, 3/5)

 

WZZM-TVI recently ran into WZZM-TV (Channel 13) multi-media journalist and anchor Jennifer Pascua, who was making the rounds at Citadel radio stations promoting the return of the ABC affiliate's weekend morning news. Pascua said viewers has been asking for a return to the weekend morning show since it went off the air a couple of years ago. The weekend morning news program returns this weekend and will air from 6-8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Joining Pascua is new meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer... WZZM (Channel 13) brings back its weekend morning news show (Sat, 3/5)

 

WMNNMichigan's first all-digital independent low-power television station is now broadcasting in the Cadillac area with the sign-on of WMNN-LD, Channel 26, late last month.

The station is truly an independent operation, offering 3 sub channels that are not affiliated with any network.

The main signal, on 26.1, is billed as "MI News 26". It currently offers 30-minute programs that consist of five to eight minute feature items from a field reporter along with community news, information, announcements, and weather. There are usually at least two, and up to four, of these 30-minute programs that rotate, forming an hour or two loop that is updated at least once per day. The station runs a ticker at all times on 26.1 that can be quickly updated if there is breaking news or severe weather information that needs to get on the air immediately.

MI News 26 broadcasts at 720p on 26.1, for now making it Northern Michigan's only local news in HD.

26.2 and 26.3 are both offering classic television programming. 26.2 is '26 TV Classics', airing shows from the 1960s and earlier such as Jack Benny, Bonanza, Ozzie and Harriet, and old cartoons. 26.3 is '26 Cinema', airing old movies.

Technically, the station operates on Channel 14, with digital receivers remapping it to Channel 26. The effective radiated power is 425 watts @ 525 feet from an antenna located south of M-55 between US-131 and M-66 west of Cadillac. WMNN-LD is licensed to Lake City and owned by Freelancer Television Broadcasting. The station's web site is www.minews26.com.

 

With parent company TV Corp. reaching a retransmission agreement for its 27 television stations across 17 markets with DISH Network yesterday, the signals of West Michigan NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 and ABC affiliate WOTV Ch. 41 have been restored on the DISH system.

Terms of the new agreement were not released- the dispute over money between LIN and DISH affected viewers for 8 days with each party blaming the other for the disruption to viewers.

A statement on WOOD-TVs web site reads: "Attention DISH subscribers: We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a contract with DISH Network. We appreciate your tremendous support throughout these negotiations. This fair resolution ensures that we can continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment and other local programming that is most important to you. Thank you for supporting LOCAL television."

 

FOX Sports DetroitFOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues this month with the 2011 MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals on consecutive Saturdays, March 19 & 26 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

This marks the 13th consecutive year that FOX Sports Detroit has aired the girls' finals and the 14th for the boys' event. For the first time, these games will be produced in high-definition.

Semifinal games on March 17-18 (girls) and March 24-25 (boys) will be streamed live at Foxsportsdetroit.com.

MHSAA Girls Basketball Semifinals - Thursday, March 17
Class C: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class D: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Girls Basketball Semifinals - Friday, March 18
Class A: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class B: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals - Saturday, March 19
Class D: 10:00 am, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Dan Gutowsky, Mateen Cleaves)
Class A: 12:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Gutowsky, Greg Kelser)
Class C: 4:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (John Keating, Kelser)
Class B: 6:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD & Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com (Keating, Kelser)

 

MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals - Thursday, March 24
Class C: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class D: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals - Friday, March 25
Class A: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class B: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals - Saturday, March 26
Class D: 10:00 am, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (John Keating, Mateen Cleaves)
Class C: 12:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Dan Gutowsky, Cleaves)
Class A: 4:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD & Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com (Matt Shepard, Tim McCormick)
Class B: 8:00 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com; TV: 10:00 pm, delay FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Shepard, McCormick)

 

Detroit's Channel 7 to host digital town hall meeting

">WXYZWXYZ-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

WDIVWDIV-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.

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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Fox 17's Michelle DeSelms says co-hosting the station's new afternoon show "The One Seven" with Tim Doty already feels "like we've been doing it forever."

The comfortable camaraderie is evident on the nontraditional 5-6 p.m. weekday show, which debuted March 7 and features lifestyle elements, art, entertainment, cooking, fitness, fashion and some news elements.

"It's going great. I mean, we've been waiting for a show like this for a couple years now," DeSelms said. "We are just thrilled to finally be on the air with it. It's even better than we hoped."

DeSelms, a Rockford resident who has been with the station since its beginning 12 years ago, is happy that the show offers "a little something for everyone"... Fox-17's 'One Seven' co-hosts Michelle DeSelms and Tim Doty ease into new afternoon show (Fri, 3/18)

 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE has elevated MS. SMILEY to PD of its DETROIT stations, which include Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS), Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7) and N/T WCHB-A. MS. SMILEY had been acting PD for several months. Now, the promotion is official.

"My VP/Programming, JAY STEVENS, positioned me to be able to study under some of the greatest Program Directors and analysts in the country, including AL PAYNE, JOHN CANDELARIA, BRIAN WALLACE, ELROY SMITH and EARL BOSTON," said SMILEY... Ms. Smiley Promoted To PD Of Radio One Detroit Stations (Mon, 3/21)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

WTVSFive years after leaving Detroit for Wixom, Detroit Public Television is returning to the city with a new satellite studio in Midtown. The Woodward Avenue studio, which is in Wayne State University's historic Maccabees Building, previously housed WXYZ-Channel 7 and the "Soupy Sales Show."

Detroit Public Television and WSU plan to move taping of "Leaders on Leadership" to the new studio on Friday with a live taping featuring WSU President Allan Gilmour and the backing of Detroit Public Television's 35-foot high-definition truck. The station had produced the show for the past four years from St. Andrew's Hall on WSU's campus. The host was Larry Fobes, director of the WSU School of Business Administration's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness.

"We knew we wanted to have a studio in Detroit," said DPTV President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "Clearly, Midtown is really emerging as ground zero for the renaissance of Detroit"... Public TV starts Midtown studio, revives WSU relationship (Mon, 3/21)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

The Morning After show on WSNX 104.5 criticized WOOD-TV8 for doing a special on Wes Leonard, the Fennville basketball player who died shortly after making the winning shot at a game to keep the team's winning record. Diane Kniowski, president and general manager of WOOD, called the radio station, which recorded the conversation and is playing it on their web site. She said the radio folks were wrong in accusing WOOD of exploiting the situation because the TV station isn't in a rating period. "I think you're making assumptions," she said, and complained that no one from WSNX called the station for comment... Audio of WOOD-TV GM's defense for running Wes Leonard special, says it's not a ratings ploy (Mon, 3/21)

 

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