Talking TV | Historic Year Puts Pressure On Detroit News

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Kevin Roseborough, news director at Detroit’s WJBK, about the unique challenges of covering COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and the state’s (now) contested election results, along with what he’s doing to keep his journalists safe and sane.

DIGITAL DMA (12)

Free Press Leads Detroit Digital Renaissance

With the Detroit Free Press publishing the No. 1 local news site in the city, news-producing  affiliates WDIV (NBC), WXYZ (ABC) and WJBK (Fox) are investing heavily in their digital platforms to secure core audiences while drawing newcomers. “We are trying to be the No. 1 sites, and we are trying to figure out what the secret sauce is to do that,” says Catherine Badalamente, VP of digital media for Graham Media, which owns WDIV. “That is 100% of my goal.”

 

DMA 11 (DETROIT)

Roseborough Named News Director Of WJBK

Fox is promoting Kevin Roseborough to the top news spot at its Detroit O&O to succeed  Dana Hahn who left last month to become news director of Fox’s WTTG Washington

DMA 26

Wilson Out As WNCN News Director

With the city on the rebound, Detroit’s news-producing affiliates WDIV (NBC), WXYZ (ABC) and WJBK (Fox) are investing heavily in their digital platforms to secure core audiences while drawing the newcomers (artists, techies and the like) lured by the chance to build from the ground up.  “We are trying to reinvent ourselves along with them,” says Catherine Badalamente, VP of digital media for Graham Media, which owns NBC affiliate WDIV.