Following the lead of other companies in the area, local television news stations are making budget cuts to save money. This decision will affect television coverage for Detroit and the surrounding counties, including Macomb.
With the announcement of Steve Wilson leaving Channel 7 at the end of March and the departure of Scott Lewis from Fox 2 back in December, local stations are choosing to scale back on their investigative departments. Fox 2's Problem Solvers, Channel 4's Local 4 Defenders, and Channel 7's Action News Investigators require extensive researching, often beginning with concerned viewers' tips. The newsrooms and investigative departments receive many phone calls every day and try to follow up on as many as resources will allow.
Depending on the situation, these stories may take weeks to thoroughly investigate. While these stories serve the viewers and can expose city corruption, misuse of school funds, scams, and fraud, the stories take much longer to complete than a daily news piece, such as a press release from the police or government official. Reporters have immediate news to give viewers.
Because of the budget cuts, viewers will have to seek other avenues to expose and solve problems. Journalists and viewers can find new ways to practice investigative journalism and continue to serve as watchdogs for the community.