Sandra Ali Joins WWJ Detroit As Morning Anchor

Talking TV: CBS Goes Live With News At WWJ Detroit

After months of building a newsroom from scratch, CBS’s WWJ Detroit flipped the switch on its first newscasts last week. Adrienne Roark, president of CBS Stations; Brian Watson, VP and GM of WWJ; and Paul Pytlowany, its news director, make the case for how its community-based approach to reporting will differentiate the station. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

CBS News Detroit Launching Tonight

The latest of the CBS hyper-local streaming news services debuts on WWJ and the CBS News Detroit streaming channel at 6 p.m., giving WWJ its own full-scale local news department for the first time since becoming a CBS Television Network-owned station in 1995. Above (l-r): Sports anchor Ronnie Duncan, news anchors Jeff Skversky and Shaina Humphries and meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey.

Adrienne Roark, President, CBS Television Stations, Talks About CBS News Detroit

Dad Does Sports For CBS Station, Daughter Anchors At CBS News

When CBS News Detroit launches in January, viewers in the Motor City will get a healthy dose of the Duncan family on their air. Ronnie Duncan is the sports anchor at CBS News Detroit, as the WWJ news operation is known, while his daughter, Jericka Duncan, is a national correspondent at CBS News and anchors CBS Weekend News on Sundays.

CBS News Detroit Set To Launch

WWJ will offer both streaming and linear newscasts beginning in January. Jeff Sversky and Shaina Humphries moved from rival Philadelphia stations to share the anchor desk at WWJ. WWJ is the rare Big Four station without local news. “It’s the 14th-largest television market in the country, and the fact that there was no news really stood out glaringly to me,” Adrienne Roark, president of CBS Stations, said. “It’s a strong news market, and the opportunity to imagine this in a totally innovative way really was too hard to pass up.”

Local News Close-Up: Full Speed Ahead In Motor City

WWJ Detroit is launching news, and will encounter some lively competitors in the 14th DMA.

CBS News Detroit Promoting Launch Of Its Locally-Produced Newscasts In The Market

WWJ Detroit Prepares For The Elements With Next Weather Tracker

Paul Pytlowany Named WWJ-WKBD News Director

The veteran of the CBS Detroit duopoly is the first executive appointed to work on the creation of CBS News and Stations’ local news startup, CBS News Detroit, a full-scale, hyper-local news department that is being built from scratch and will launch later this year.

WWJ Detroit To Get Local News After 20 Years

For years, CBS’s WWJ-TV Detroit held the dubious distinction of being the only major network O&O without a news department. But that’s about to change: 20 years after eliminating its news presence, WWJ (ch. 62, branded as “CBS 62”) will launch a news department in 2022, as part of an ambitious plan to create a “CBS News Detroit” hub.

WWJ Meteorologist Out As CBS Refutes Discrimination Allegations

WWJ’s April Moss Threatens To Reveal ‘Discrimination’ At CBS During Live Forecast

Five Detroit Stations Launch ATSC 3.0 Broadcasts

WMYD, WXYZ, WDIV, WWJ and WJBK have implemented NextGen TV technology. Also debuting is the Motown 3.0 Open Test Track for merging automotive applications with NextGen TV.

Detroit TV Stations Partner On Virtual ‘Governor’s Town Hall’

Commercial and public television stations in the Detroit market will partner to produce and broadcast a Governor’s Town Hall to provide viewers the opportunity to ask questions of Michigan Gov. […]


WWJ Promos Descend Into March Madness

DMA 13

CBS Ups Brian Watson To Detroit Duo GM

He gets promoted from station manager/sales director of WWJ and WKBD to vice president and general manager.

DMAS 9& 13

CBS O&Os Make Atlanta, Detroit Exec Moves

Tom Canedo to rejoin WUPA as GM; current WUPA Station Manager Tim Bennett will remain in Atlanta as VP-sales manager, southeast region for CBS National Spot Sales. Brian Watson named VP-station manager and sales director at WWJ-WKBD in Detroit.

DMAS 77 & 18

WTOL Reporter Maia Belay Moving To WJW

DMA 11

WWJ Detroit Dropping Local Morning News

The CBS O&O is ending its two-hour First Forecast Mornings. The Dec. 28 5-7 a.m. broadcast will be its last.

DMA 11

Body Found Atop Broadcast Tower in Michigan

DMA 11

WWJ Adds Syma Chowdhry To Morning News

Syma Chowdhry has been named morning news anchor for First Forecast Mornings, the daily live program on CBS owned-and-operated WWJ Detroit (DMA 11). Chowdhry is anchoring the news segments during […]

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.