WWTV-9, CBS (TV Station)

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Fake TV News: A CMD Special Report
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WWTV-9 is a Tustin, Michigan-based television station and a part of the CBS network.

Station Owner

Heritage Broadcasting Group

Use of Video News Releases and/or Satellite Media Tours

In the 6am news bulletin on March 20, 2006 the station broadcast an edited and re-voiced version of a video news release (VNR) produced by Medialink Worldwide designed to help General Motors Corporation recruit young mechanics. [1]

According a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation April 1995 grant report, WWTV-9 aired one of their VNRs: [2]

Clips from a video news release, "Smokeless Tobacco: A Call for FDA Regulation," were used by 69 television stations for stories on April 26 and April 27, according to ORBIS Broadcast Group, a tracking service. ... WWTV, Tustin, MI

Response to Report

On April 22, 2006, WWTV-9 news director Kevin Dunaway emailed in response to a viewer complaint about the General Motors VNR, "We actually didn't air this clip in a fashion that you would think. We have a policy at 9 and 10 news against VNR's. If you would like , I can send you a clip of what aired and you can be the judge. Thanks for your email, and you can depend upon 9 and 10 news in the future for not airing this type of stuff!"

Contact Details

9&10 News
PO Box 627
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 1-800-STAR-910 and 616-775-3478
Fax: 616-775-3671
Email: newsATtv9and10.com
Web: http://www.9and10news.com/

SourceWatch Resources

External links

  • Diane Farsetta and Daniel Price, "Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed: A multimedia report on television newsrooms' use of material provided by PR firms on behalf of paying clients", Center for Media and Democracy, April 6, 2006.