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WNET Taking Splash at Local News Online

WNET, the parent company of public broadcasters WNET/Channel 13 and WLIW/Channel 21, is going to cover local news on the Web starting around Memorial Day.

The New York Times reports the venture, called MetroFocus, was envisioned as a 30-minute television show and a mobile application as well. The Times says television specials or regular monthly or weekly programs airing on both stations, could happen as soon as the fall. A daily version is likely thereafter.

Neal Shapiro, WNET president and chief executive, told The New York Times that the rollout to television would depend on fundraising, and also what is learned from the website.

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