WNET Ventures into Local News with MetroFocus
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.”