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WNET Ventures into Local News with MetroFocus

By Michelle Michalos
Monday, March 21st, 2011
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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.”