“Elrick’s passion for exposing wrongdoing and standing up for our community fits perfectly with FOX 2’s problem solver team mantra,” WJBK vice president and news director Dana Hahn said, announcing the hiring. “His experience, knowledge, and passion for Detroit will enhance our already powerful investigative unit.”
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“It’s 11 minutes long. There’s no story there. No one was murdered, we’re not at the scene of an arson. It’s just taking a walk and trying to take a look at the city,” LeDuff told TVSpy in a recent interview. “I needed to take all that stuff I had been writing about — the fire department, the police department, municipal contracts, county corruption, that whole thing, and sort of put together a letter, some kind of commentary about who we are and how we live.”
The end result is what LeDuff calls a “sweet and sour” look at the Detroit — a trip through the city’s empty, dilapidated blocks, with some lighthearted moments along the way. Read more
WJBK’s Charlie LeDuff has made a career out of taking on difficult stories but the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter may have found his biggest challenge yet: golfing across the city of Detroit.
Literally golfing, shot-to-shot, across the length of Detroit.
“It’s one hundred degrees, I’m wearing black, and I can’t golf,” LeDuff says in the resulting report, which features WJBK sports anchor Dan Miller. “But I’m committed because they’re talking [about] reinventing this city. What does that mean with millions of budget cuts? What does the city even look like block-by-block?” (Video after the jump). Read more
Working on a story about filthy conditions at a number of Detroit fire houses, LeDuff approached Wheeler on the street and things instantly went south.
“You better get the fuck away from me,” Wheeler told LeDuff once he saw him. When LeDuff stepped closer to ask a question, Wheeler slapped the microphone out of his hand. Read more
Broadcasting & Cable reports on a new partnership between Fox Television Stations and AccuWeather that will launch this summer:
Fox said its stations “will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather,” while jointly produced and branded content will extend across “virtually all of the stations’ media platforms,” including mobile.
“Weather is one of the most important services our stations provide to their communities and has long been a major focus for FTS,” said Ron Stitt, the group’s vice president of digital media and internet operations. Read more
WJBK meteorologist Jessica Starr wasn’t on weather duty Tuesday morning so she decided to wear a green dress on-air. Starr couldn’t pass up the opportunity, though, to step in front of the weather green screen and turn invisible.
The move confused morning anchor Jason Carr, who apparently doesn’t understand the finer points of chroma key (video above). It just doesn’t work that way…
Bill Gallagher celebrated his final day with WJBK on Friday, bidding farewell to the station that his been his home for the past 27 years. The Fox O&O marked his retirement with a video tribute to his storied career (above).
“In nearly three decades in Detroit, he brought down crooked council members, covered countless tragedies, and traveled the world to document history,” anchor Murray Feldman says, narrating the tribute.
The Oakland County medical examiner’s office ruled Saturday that the death of Jeff Murri, the general manager of WJBK in Detroit, was a suicide. Murri died last Thursday of a gunshot wound to the head at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, MI.
Murri joined the Fox O&O in 1984 and was named general manager in 2001. In a statement last week, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy called Murri “an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father.”
Murri’s funeral took place this morning at the same church where he died.
“The whole thing is quite amazing to me because just two days ago I was talking to the guy,” Lee Thomas said. “We sang songs together. We’ve shared life. It’s like a part of you is missing truly because he meant so much to each and every one of us.” Read more