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Detroit FOX Reporter Leaving to Work for Detroit Mayor

wiley_wjbkAlexis Wiley has announced she is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK.

“Alexis has played an integral role in our station’s vigorous reporting on what’s making news in Detroit, particularly her ‘Redefining Detroit’ series which continues to get tremendous positive feedback from our viewers,” WJBK vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement. “We wish her the very best in her new endeavor; she will be missed.”

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday she will be named spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Sources tell us her new title will be director of community engagement and spokesperson for the city of Detroit.

Before coming to WJBK, Wiley worked in Columbus, OH. She started her career in Shreveport, LA.

WDIV to Revive Noon News Broadcast

WDIV_Local_4_ClickOnDetroitStarting today, viewers of Post-Newsweek’s Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV will once again be able to watch the Noon news over the air.

The half-hour “Local 4 News at Noon” will be anchored by Evrod Cassimy and meteorologist Brandon Roux.

The station said it took the Noon show off-air and online in August because it wanted to access what it said was a large audience watching the show while at work. But after the viewers asked to have the Noon news put back on-air, the station said it “decided to do so.”

WXYZ Names Dave Manney News Director

wxyz logo_304x200WXYZ has announced Dave Manney will join the station as news director.

Manney returns to the Detroit ABC affiliate from WNBC in New York where he was managing editor. He worked at WXYZ early in his career.

“Having covered and been a part of many pivotal moments in Detroit’s recent history, it’s thrilling to return during its most important hour,” said Manney in a statement.  “WXYZ is where I grew up. It’s also where I learned the power and responsibility of TV and online news–and the obligation we have to make a difference.”

Before WNBC, Manney had worked as managing editor at New York’s WPIX and director of content for Detroit Public Television. He spent eight years at WXYZ, working as an investigative producer, executive producer of programming, assistant news director and online news manager. From 2003 to 2005, he was director of communications for the city of Detroit.

Manney begins in his new role on Monday, January 6.

image: Scripps Media, Inc.

WDIV Remembers Nelson Mandela With a Picture of Alex Rodriguez

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Nelson Mandela accomplished many impressive things over the course of his life, but playing third base for the New York Yankees was not one of them. This may come as a surprise to Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, who seem to have confused the two in a graphic that ran yesterday (above).

The graphic of Alex Rodriguez was up for seven seconds before it was quickly replaced with the correct headshot. [h/t New York Daily News]

WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff Named GQ’s ‘Mad Man of the Year’

leduff_croppedCharlie LeDuff, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK has been named “Mad Man of the Year” by GQ magazine.

“Besides being the author of a best-selling book about how fucked Detroit is (Detroit: An American Autopsy, published earlier this year), Charlie got famous by basically reinventing local news reporting,” wrote GQ’s Devin Friedman in the current issue which is set to appear on shelves Monday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, GQ said it chose LeDuff based on his  WJBK stories, his book and his appearance on Anthony Bourdain‘s CNN show “Parts Unknown.”

Read the online version of the story by clicking here.

VIDEO: WDIV Reporter ‘Can’t Get This F-cking’ IFB to Work

WDIV reporter Lauren Podell had a little bit of IFB trouble this morning. Podell, who was reporting from Lapeer, described her technical troubles without knowing she was on the air, resulting in some unfortunate language being dropped on the morning newscast (watch above). [h/t Jalopnik Detroit]

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.”

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