CBS and WWJ-TV to launch local news department in Detroit in 2022

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A 24-hour streaming news service with live, local news coverage is expected to launch on WWJ-TV (Channel 62) next year as CBS News Detroit. 

Executives on Tuesday announced details of the built-from-scratch news department, expected to launch in late summer or early fall. In addition to the 24-hour streaming news, there will be live coverage daily from 4 a.m.-11:35 p.m. 

The announcement was made by CBS News and Stations president and co-head Wendy McMahon, CBS stations president Adrienne Roark and Brian Watson, vice president and general manager of WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (CW50). 

CBS News Detroit is a new hyper-local news department launching in late summer or early fall.

This will be the first local news coverage for the station in 20 years, and the first time CBS 62 will have its own full-scale news department.

“We view this as an unprecedented opportunity to start from scratch at a large-market, network-owned station and build the newsroom of the future — where we focus first on streaming and then have our content flow like water across our linear broadcast, digital and social media platforms,” said McMahon in a media alert Tuesday. “When Brian and his team presented their vision for CBS News Detroit earlier this year, I thought to myself ‘This never happens. Until now.’”

“This is a landmark moment in the history of our station and, for that matter, local news,” Watson added. “I don’t believe there is another station in a large market like ours that has done anything like this, so we are excited to help write a bold new chapter in the history of local news."

Watson said CBS News Detroit will stand out as the market's "only grassroots, community-focused newsgathering organization." 

“We will super-serve our audiences on every media platform with more hours of live, local news than any other source in Detroit," he said. "Our journalists will be committed to giving a voice to people who might otherwise be unheard, and shining a light on the issues that are impacting communities throughout Metro Detroit.”

The hiring process for the new department will start with a news director and a diverse team of full-time, multi-skilled journalists to cover Detroit as well as Lansing.