Detroit Public Television Will Broadcast Mackinac Policy Conference



New Partnership Harnesses Power Of Media During Important Conversations About Michigan’s Future

WIXOM, Mich. (May 25, 2011) -Detroit Public Television (DPTV) announces details of the first-ever extensive live coverage of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, designed to deliver the highest level of access to content in Conference history. The 2011 Conference will be held June 1st-3rd on Mackinac Island, Mich.

DPTV will live broadcast, live webcast and produce other content from the Conference and make it available via multiple television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the significant discussion of the most important issues facing Michigan. All content will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations, in Michigan, to make coverage of the Conference as accessible as possible, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Viewers can watch coverage of the Conference from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 1st, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 2nd and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 3rd. The coverage will be broadcast in Metro Detroit on DPTV’s Channel 56.2 for over-the-air viewers, Channel 287 on Comcast, Channel 155 on Brighthouse and Channel 432 on Charter. The same coverage will stream live on the website and on many commercial news organizations’ websites. The website will also feature edited segments of Conference sessions and “Leaders On Demand” interviews with newsmakers at the Conference, as well as social media interaction.

At 7:30 p.m. on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, DPTV will broadcast a half-hour Conference wrap-up program. It can be seen on DPTV’s main television channel, WTVS-TV Channel 56 in Metro Detroit and also on every public television station across Michigan (check local listings for times).

Veteran Michigan television journalist Christy McDonald will anchor the coverage, which will also feature DPTV hosts Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley and Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson.

Through its project, Detroit Public Television is seeking to engage more citizens than ever in meaningful discussions about Michigan’s future. The Chamber believes DPTV’s focus on issues makes them an ideal partner for the Conference.

“Doing things differently in Michigan starts with doing things differently at the Conference,” said Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “This collaboration with Detroit Public Television helps the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference be more accessible to all Michiganians.”

“The Mackinac Policy Conference is the single most important gathering of leaders focused on Michigan’s future,” said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. “DPTV and are proud to make this event more accessible to citizens, including more voices and minds in the conversation around issues to create even greater impact. Using our on-air and online platforms will ensure that the information made available by the Detroit Regional Chamber reaches more people than ever before.”

DPTV’s coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference is made possible with the support of the Masco Corporation Foundation, PVS Chemicals and the Center For Michigan, with additional support from Huntington National Bank and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information please visit,


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