WXYZ Channel 7 Announces Fall Additions
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — WXYZ -TV will add an additional hour of news coverage at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings, with 7 Action News Saturdays airing from 6-7 a.m. and from 8-10 a.m. beginning September 15th.
“There’s a demand for more news on Saturdays and we believe expanding our news coverage is just one more way we can serve our viewers,” said WXYZ vice-president and general manager Ed Fernandez.
WXYZ is also adding three new shows to its daytime fall schedule. The most anticipated daytime talk show in the country, “Katie,” hosted by Katie Couric will premiere at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 10(th), on WXYZ. Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality. The show will feature lifestyle segments, high-powered celebrity interviews, and news issues that reflect Katie’s life and experience.
The show “Right this Minute,” a new, ground-breaking news and information program, will premiere September 10th at 12:30 p.m. The half-hour show features a fast-paced roundup of the most engaging and explosive internet videos of the day, as well as the stories that viewers determine are most interesting. “Right this Minute” incorporates the internet, mobile and social media, along with citizen journalists, in new ways of storytelling.
Television station group owners the E.W. Scripps Company, Cox Media Group and Raycom Media, Inc. have partnered with Magic Dust Television to create this exciting new interactive daily program.
Then on Saturday, September 22(nd), following 7 Action News at 11 p.m., WXYZ will premiere one of the country’s favorite new game shows, “Let’s Ask America,” a show that lets the viewers be the contestants. The program polls America about fun and irreverent topics and then asks contestants to correctly predict the answer. Viewers can play and win cash from the comfort of their own home.
“Let’s Ask America” was developed by Jeff Apploff (“Don’t Forget the Lyrics, “Take Me Out”), Todd Stevens (“Friends,” “Mike and Molly”) and the late Jim Paratore. Apploff, Stevens and Jack Martin (“Deal or No Deal,” “Take Me Out”) are executive producers.
WXYZ-TV is owned by E.W. Scripps. Scripps is a leading media enterprise that embraces its rich history in delivering high-quality journalism through television stations, newspapers and the Scripps Howard News Service, while developing and expanding its digital strategies, including social gaming, for multiple platforms. The company provides community-changing breaking news, story-telling, investigations and interactive outreach at 19 television stations in major markets such as Denver, San Diego, Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Tampa, and 13 newspaper markets, including Memphis, Knoxville, Naples, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas. Since 1941, Scripps has operated the National Spelling Bee, one of America’s most-enduring celebrations of academic excellence.