For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Marty Fischhoff
Detroit Public TV to Debut Weekly Show With a Fresh Approach to Local Journalism
“One Detroit” to Feature In-Depth Reporting and Incisive Storytelling, Rooted in the Detroit Experience
New Show to Premiere in September 2018
DETROIT (May 30, 2018) – Detroit Public Television (DPTV) announces today plans for a new weekly program reflecting the organization’s commitment to in-depth, contextual news coverage, rooted in greater Detroit. One Detroit will tell the authentic stories of our diverse communities during this pivotal period in the city’s history.
The show will air on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 5:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. beginning in September 2018, and it can also be viewed via DPTV’s multiple online platforms. One Detroit will be anchored by Christy McDonald, who will also serve as the show’s managing editor, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and WDET-FM host Stephen Henderson and Detroit News editorial page editor and 910-AM radio host Nolan Finley. One Detroit replaces MiWeek, which has run on the station since 2012.
“Our One Detroit commitment promises our community coverage of the region – from Detroit outward – in ways that commercial outlets just can’t or don’t do anymore,” said Rich Homberg, President and CEO of DPTV. “Each week our team will use the video medium to bring stories to life that will take our viewers beyond the headlines toward a deeper level of understanding. Christy, Nolan and Stephen, who are among Detroit’s most-trusted journalists, will have the flexibility to use their skills in storytelling to place what’s important into context in new ways.”
One Detroit will be produced by DPTV’s team of journalists, whose offices have been at the Detroit Historical Museum, in the heart of the city’s Midtown Cultural Center, since 2016. Its reporters and video producers, whose many honors include the duPont-Columbia and Emmy awards, will be embedded in the communities they cover, providing local news content of unprecedented scope and perspective with the accuracy and trust viewers have come to expect from public television.
“Stephen, Nolan and I have really enjoyed bringing MiWeek to the DPTV audience over the past six years,” said McDonald. “But we understand that there is no shortage of talk on TV. We plan to help fill the void of reporting on crucial issues that you’ll remember tomorrow and next week.
“We want to use our experience to bring you stories about Detroit and Michigan that you’ll want to share with your friends and say ‘This is worth your time to see and understand.’ ”
“Our roots are in creating content for national PBS including NewsHour, SciTech Now, and national primetime PBS,” said Ed Moore, DPTV’s Director of Content. “Our expertise is in taking complex issues and giving context and clarity in story form. We’re now training those skills on the stories of greater Detroit to tell our stories locally, regionally and nationally.”
One Detroit will feature a fresh new format, emphasizing on-location interviews and field reports, with less studio-based content and fewer talking heads.
“This is a major step forward for DPTV in its mission to capture the character, culture and concerns of Detroit,” said Arthur Horwitz, chair of the DPTV board of trustees. “One Detroit will advance the unity and improve the quality of life in Greater Detroit by provoking conversations that reach the heart of critical issues.”
“I urge you to tune in and see for yourself.”
Find out more information on Detroit Public TV’s One Detroit initiative and to view recent One Detroit stories.