The public broadcaster WNET is launching a local New York newcast online called MetroFocus, reports the NY Times, and may make the program into a regular on-air news program.
The online version launches around Memorial Day.
WNET is parent to New York-area PBS stations WNET and WLIW.
Reports the Times:
The new venture…is envisioned as a half-hour television show and, eventually, a mobile application as well. The expansion to television specials or a monthly or weekly show, appearing on both television stations, could come as soon as the fall, and a daily version is expected to follow later.
Neal Shapiro, WNET’s president and chief executive, said in an interview that “MetroFocus” would fill a gap, both at WNET and in the news world.
“One of the futures of public television is making local connections,” he said. “We’ve done a great job of being a national producer; we can do a much better job of being a local producer.” He said the rollout to television would depend partly on fund-raising, and also what is learned from the Web site.