Who: WNET, MetroFocus
What: WNET to broadcast half hour news program online
When: March 20, 2011
Where: New York
MetroFocus will focus on NY metro area happenings.
New York metro area public broadcaster WNET, one of PBS’ flagship entities, has announced that it will begin airing a new online news program called “MetroFocus”that will cover news events in the New York metropolitan area.
The move comes at a critical time for WNET, its primary station Thirteen, and for PBS national which all face calls for defunding both on the state and local levels due to what is perceived by many as a lack of relevance in a new digital age.
The half-hour program, which will also be accessible via mobile app, is due to launch some time around Memorial Day according to The New York Times. The show fills a news gap that’s been strangely absent from most public broadcasters’ schedules.
According to WNET President Neal Shapiro, MetroFocus will connect WNET more to New York viewers.
“One of the futures of public television is making local connections [...] We’ve done a great job of being a national producer; we can do a much better job of being a local producer,” Shapiro said.
The show will be produced by former network news producer and current online consultant Laura van Straaten. Straaten
indicated that MetroFocus will partner with other New York area public broadcasters to enhance news coverage;
further indication that local news on pbs member stations could become a growing trend and a possible venue for renewed public interest in PBS.
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