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Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK

derek kevraMeteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern. He has also worked at KDRV, the ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore.

Aereo Announces Plan to Launch in Detroit

aereo_304One week from Monday, consumers in Detroit will be able to see what the fuss is all about when Aereo starts letting area viewers access its broadcast streaming technology service.

According to Aereo, “Consumers in nine counties in The Great Lakes State will now be able to access free over-the-air television channels with a cloud-based DVR via supported devices — including Android, which was just announced last week.”

Aereo is facing lawsuits from broadcasters in several cities who say the service violates their right to be paid for their content.

“We’re thrilled to be launching in the Detroit metro area, the birthplace of Motown and the Motor City,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia in a statement. “Across the country, the message from consumers is clear: they want more choice and flexibility when it comes to how they watch television and they don’t want to be fenced into outdated and cumbersome technology.”

Aereo subscribers are able to pause, rewind  and fast-forward any program they are watching live. They can even save programs and watch them later.

Detroit Reporter Shows Sometimes It Takes 12 Years to Get ‘Story of the Decade’

During last night’s 11:00 p.m. news on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, investigative reporter Kevin Dietz aired an open letter to Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption.

On the surface, the letter plays out as the long saga of a corrupt politician who finally fell after his years of denials were countered by dogged investigation. But if you look deeper, you’ll see two things that seem to be disappearing in this era of shrinking newsrooms, the importance of reporting on politics and the luxury of time to tell the story.

“I am very lucky to work for a station that did not lose interest in what started out as a political story,” Dietz told TVSpy. “I was able to stay on the Kilpatrick story for 12 years. The station was willing to invest the time and money to give me the opportunity to become invested in the story.  It turned out to be our story of the decade.”

Dietz, who has worked at WDIV since 1993 added, “I was born and raised in Detroit and this is the only town I ever wanted to work in. I think you may go harder and dig deeper when you work in your hometown.”

Dietz won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his ongoing coverage of Kilpatrick.

WXYZ to Host Final Detroit Mayoral Debate

wxyz logoDetroit ABC affiliate WXYZ will host the final debate between Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan on October 29.

The candidates will face off in front of a live studio audience for a one-hour debate exactly a week before Detroit residents head to the polls. WXYZ editorial and public affairs director Chuck Stokes will serve as debate moderator, and questions will be asked by a panel including anchor Lloyd Jackson.

“WXYZ has a long history of televising important political forums,”  WXYZ vice president and general manager Ed Fernandez said in a statement. “We’re honored to be presenting this important event that will have such a profound impact on the future of Detroit and the region.”

Kevin Roseborough Named News Director at WJBK in Detroit

wjbk logoKevin Roseborough has been named vice president and news director at WJBK, the Fox owned station in Detroit.

Roseborough joined WJBK in 2004 as the station’s managing editor. Since 2006, he has been assistant news director. He replaces Dana Hahn, who was recently named news director at WTTG, the Fox owned station in Washington, D.C.

“Kevin has played a major role in the success of FOX 2 news. His excellent editorial judgment and outstanding leadership made this decision an easy one,” WJBK vice president and general manager Mike Renda said in a statement.

Before joining WJBK, Roseborough worked at the Detroit Free Press, where he held a variety of positions including night city editor.

“There is nothing more important to me than the trust we have established with our viewers by providing them with relevant local news coverage at a time when Detroit faces some of the biggest challenges in its history,” Roseborough said.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

WXYZ Reunion Brings Together 300 Past and Present Station Employees

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ hosted a reunion for 300 past and present employees Saturday night (video above).

The reunion, which took place at Club Venetian in Madison Heights, Mich., included guests Bill Bonds, Diana Lewis, Rich Fisher, Jerry Hodak, Don Shane, Mary Conway, Cheryl Chodun and Val Clark.

Dana Hahn Joins WTTG as News Director

Dana Hahn will join WTTG-WDCA, Fox’s duopoly in Washington, D.C., as vice president and news director.

Hahn moves to D.C. from Detroit, where she has been vice president and news director at Fox-owned WJBK for 12 years. She began her career at Fox as WJBK’s broadcast operations coordinator in 1996.

“Dana led WJBK to the #1 position and under her leadership, maintained its role as the market leader for many years. Her creativity, signature style and news acumen is unmatched and I look forward to seeing her influence on our newscasts,” WTTG VP-GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Hahn replaces Phil Metlin, who retired last month. More from WTTG after the jump. Read more

Simon Shaykhet Joining WXYZ in Detroit

Simon Shaykhet is joining WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, on September 9.

The Detroit native has previously worked at rival WJBK and WSYM in Lansing. Most recently, he was the  spokesperson and public affairs specialist for the Detroit field office of the FBI.

“I am thrilled to once again bring you the stories that make a difference,” Shaykhet said in a statement. “Taking action and fighting for your rights is something that I look forward to doing each and every day in my reporting.  I am honored to be able to stand up for Metro Detroiters and continue to serve the community I call home.”

Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

It is a move within Fox for Hannan, who was most recently vice president of finance for WOFL-WRBW and WOGX, the company’s owned and operated stations in Orlando and Gainsville. In his new role, which is effective August 12, Hannan will oversee finance, strategic planning and business functions for WFLD-WPWR in Chicago and WJBK in Detroit.

“Brian has worked for FOX at a number of our television stations and our corporate division. His breadth of experience, hard work and drive to win make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Betsy Swanson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and technical operations for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

More from Fox in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

WJBK Reporter Denies Reports He Encouraged Detroit Mayoral Candidate to Enter Race

WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff is hitting back at a report from a rival station claiming he encouraged a Detroit mayoral candidate to enter the race.

Mike Dugeon told ABC affiliate WXYZ he entered the primary race as a write-in candidate after a visit from LeDuff. Dugeon’s entry could potentially affect the outcome of the primary because his name is similar to another write-in candidate, Mike Duggan.

“He was like, ‘It seems like you’re thinking about it, man,’” Dugeon told WXYZ. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to pressure you because then you can say I pressured you. So I’m just going to sit here for a minute and let you decide.’ And then I thought about it, and a smirk popped up on my face, and I said, ‘Why not? Let’s go on down there.’”

In his report, WXYZ investigative reporter Ross Jones said LeDuff and his cameraman accompanied Dugeon to file the paperwork for his candidacy. Jones included LeDuff’s denial that he encouraged Dugeon to enter the race in the WXYZ report.

In a subsequent appearance on the Fox O&O, LeDuff told his side of the story, saying he got a tip that Dugeon was planning to enter the race and visited his house to follow up on it.

“I get a call from a camp, a political camp, saying this guy is going to put his name in. So as a reporter I go over there and knock on the door, I ask him. He says ‘No, what are you talking about?’ I explain what Dugeon and Duggan on the ballot means. He thinks about it, he likes the idea, he does it, I follow. End of story.”

“The story speaks for itself,” Jones told TVSpy in an email. “The allegations are being made by the man featured in Charlie’s story, not me or WXYZ.”

Watch both the WXYZ report, and LeDuff’s response, after the jump. Read more

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