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In New York, WNET Enters Local News Game

New York public broadcasting company WNET is set to launch a lineup of local news programming later this year that will include shows on PBS-affiliates WNET and WLIW.

According to The New York Times:

The new venture, named “MetroFocus,” is envisioned as a half-hour television show and, eventually, a mobile application as well. The expansion to television specials or a monthly or weekly show, appearing on both television stations, could come as soon as the fall, and a daily version is expected to follow later.

Laura van Straaten, the current editor in chief and executive producer of WNET’s website, is overseeing the new venture.

“One of the futures of public television is making local connections,” WNET president and chief executive Neal Shapiro told the Times.

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