For the first time, commercial and public television stations in the Detroit market will partner to produce and broadcast a “Governor’s Town Hall”. We provided viewers the opportunity to ask questions of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer during this time of crisis.
Channels 2 (WJBK-TV), 4 (WDIV-TV), 7 (WXYZ-TV), 20 (WMYD-TV), 50 (WKBD-TV), 56 (WTVS-TV) and 62 (WWJ-TV) broadcast the Town Hall on Thursday April 2, 2020. The special was picked up by most television stations in Michigan, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters.
The Town Hall was hosted by Detroit news anchors Carolyn Clifford (WXYZ-TV), Huel Perkins (WJBK-TV) and Devin Scillian (WDIV-TV), with an introduction by One Detroit’s Christy McDonald. Each station offered opportunities to its viewers to submit questions for the Governor online and were answered during the broadcast. The anchors hosted from their stations’ respective studios, while the Governor joined from Lansing.
The Town Hall is now available on-demand here and on Facebook.
The general managers of the participating stations believe that combining their collective reach and impact in the community will provide the community with the unfiltered information that is necessary as viewers all cope with the impact of COVID-19, particularly in Michigan, one of the hardest-hit states.