WNET Ventures into Local News with MetroFocus

March 21st, 2011

Laura van Straaten

It’s official!  As reported in The New York Times blog Media Decoder, local news is coming to WNET this spring with MetroFocus, a new Web venture with the potential to expand to television specials or a monthly or weekly show in the fall (appearing on both THIRTEEN and WLIW21), with a daily version expected to follow.

The MetroFocus team will be led by Laura van Straaten, the project’s editor-in-chief and executive producer.  WNET‘s president and CEO Neal Shapiro feels the show marks a new step for the station.  “One of the futures of public television is making local connections,” he said. “We’ve done a great job of being a national producer; we can do a much better job of being a local producer.”