posted by Laura McKee
Arizona Week premieres with in-depth news and analysis from across Arizona
I’m very excited to announce Arizona Week, AZPM’s newest public affairs series, which premieres on Friday, January 14, 2011. The series will air each Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. on PBS-HD6, following Washington Week and preceding Need to Know, the new online/broadcast public affairs series from PBS. The series will encore at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning together with Washington Week (10:00 a.m.), on PBS-HD6 in addition to numerous other broadcasts throughout the weekend on PBS World (Channel 27-3, Cox 83, Comcast 203), the UA Channel (Cox 116, Comcast 76) and VOD online anytime at Play PBS.
Veteran newsman Michael Chihak will go one-on-one with newsmakers and then host the best journalists in the state, bringing depth and perspective to the top issues of the week. This program will fill a unique niche of “going deep” on critical topics on the air, and even deeper with its on-line components. AZweek.org and Michael’s blog are up and running with behind the scenes information.
One of the significant challenges for this series will be to engage audiences online, providing opportunities for you, the viewer, to help select topics and perhaps even ask a guest or journalist questions on topics of interest to you. We are committed to developing more than a traditional television experience for our audiences.
Michael Chihak has a distinguished career in journalism and knows the issues facing Arizona residents. For the bulk of the last decade, Michael was the editor and publisher of the Tucson Citizen and held editorial positions at The Californian in Salinas, CA (1992-2000) and USA Today (1984-1992). He began his career at the Tucson Citizen in 1982.
Arizona Week promises to have state-wide appeal. AZPM is in discussions with KAET Channel 8 in Phoenix to air the program, and journalists from across the state will be invited to participate on the panel based on their area of expertise.
I look forward to your comments and suggestions as we build this program to deliver the information you need on the important issues facing our community and state. Please tune-in at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 14th to PBS-HD channel 6 and let me know what you think.
On behalf of all of us at AZPM, thank you for your continued support. Please accept our very best wishes for 2011.