Environmental, Regional, News Websites and TV Stations to Have Unlimited Access To Great Lakes Week

Detroit Public TV Coverage Available to Sites and News Organizations At No Cost

DETROIT –Detroit Public Television (DPTV) announces a renewed commitment to providing a high level of access to the public for the Great Lakes Week summit, which will discuss the future of The Great Lakes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 9-12, 2013.

Great Lakes Week encompasses significant conferences hosted by the International Joint Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Areas of Concern Program, the Great Lakes Commission, The Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition (representing 120 organizations) and Environment Canada, as well as the Council of Great Lakes Industries, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the newly organized Council of the Great Lakes Region – the leading organizations that deal with Great Lakes issues. More than 30 million people in North America live in the Great Lakes Basin.

With coverage entitled “Great Lakes Now,” DPTV will broadcast, webcast and produce other content from the conferences and make it all accessible via its television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the important discussion of the most important issues.  All content, live and/or recorded, will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial news organization in North America, as well as environmental or Great Lakes oriented websites, to make coverage of the events as accessible as possible.

This year, DPTV plans to broadcast and/or webcast:

  • More than 20 hours of live coverage of conference sessions, featuring speakers and panel discussions
  • A daily half-hour recap of activity each day on September 10, 11 and 12
  • Other live and on-demand programming featuring expert commentary from conference participants and highlights from sessions.

The coverage is being designed to appeal to everyone from the general public and industry experts.

“Because of the high level of interest in this content, across all platforms, we are continuing our commitment to this award-winning coverage for a third year,” said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television.  “97 percent of people in the Great Lakes Basin believe the Great Lakes are important to their lives, but only four percent say they have a personal responsibility to protect the Great Lakes. That’s a disconnect we want to continue help bridge, with our partners, through the power of media.”

Great Lakes Now streamed content will be available to viewers starting on September 9, 2013 at www.greatlakesnow.org.  Embed codes are available to websites that wish to stream coverage.

Great Lakes Now television coverage in Southeastern Michigan will be available on over-air Channel 56.2, Comcast Channel 287, Bright House Channel 155 or Charter Channel 432.  Any public or commercial TV station may use the video content, which is also available via satellite downlink. For the third consecutive year, Detroit Public TV anchor Christy McDonald will host the coverage.

The Great Lakes Now coverage of the 2013 Great Lakes Week is made possible with support from the Erb Family Foundation, the International Joint Commission, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Brico Fund, and the Offield Family Foundation.  Environmental coverage on Detroit Public Television is underwritten in part by the Richard C. and Leslie Devereaux Foundation.

Information about Great Lakes Week can be found at www.glweek.org. Inquiries about Great Lakes Week events should be directed to Jordan Lubetkin at (734) 887-7109 or lubetkin@nwf.org

Inquiries about Detroit Public Television’s coverage or its accessibility should be directed to Matt Friedman or Kristin Priest at (248) 626-0006 or mfriedman@tannerfriedman.com

 About Detroit Public Television

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people throughout Canada. DPTV also manages WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit’s classical and jazz radio station, in collaboration with the license-holder, the Detroit Public Schools. The radio station is located in the Detroit School of Arts. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic, and cultural communities.

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