Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS-owned WWJ Ch. 62 Detroit is scrapping its First Forecast Mornings newscast, a two-hour show that debuted in May 2009. The program, which initially featured headlines from the Detroit Free Press, billed itself as "an ongoing report of current and forecasted weather as well as the most current conditions on area roads." The last day of the program is Dec. 28. A CBS spokesperson said a small number of layoffs would result.
Full story: WWJ Detroit scrapping morning news (Wed, 12/12)
Former Detroit News columnist Rob Parker made inappropriate commentsabout Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, ESPN said Thursday. Parker, who lives in Detroit, questioned how authentically black Griffin is on ESPN's "First Take" TV show.
Full story: ESPN and Detroit sports-talker Rob Parker lambasted for racial comments about RG3 (Thu, 12/13)
Grand Rapids Press:
"Downtown Abbey," documentaries by Ken Burns, and PBS NewsHour are a few of the shows WGVU-TV has brought to West Michigan over the years. WGVU Public Media celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of events including a free preview screening of the upcoming season of "Downton Abbey" in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Full story: WGVU hosts a free, sneak peek of next season's 'Downton Abbey' in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo (Thu, 12/13)
Brittany Noble is returning home to St. Louis as she joins CBS affiliate KMOV as a reporter. Since September 2011, Noble has reported for the morning newscast at WEYI, the NBC affiliate in Saginaw, Mich. Her first day at KMOV will be January 7.
Full story: Reporter Brittany Noble Joins KMOV From WEYI (Thu, 12/13)
Based on a demand from the parent companies of WUPW-TV, Channel 36, and WTOL-TV, Channel 11, Buckeye CableSystem stopped broadcasting WUPW at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Full story: Fox affiliate's legal dispute with Buckeye CableSystem also involves WTOL's owner (Thu, 12/13)