"In the News with The Post and Courier's Warren Peper," a weekly 30-minute presentation of Comcast cable's C2 all-local station, debuts at 8 tonight with a look at the changing face of newspapers in a contemporary multimedia world.
Produced by Dan Krosse and directed by Joe Grammer of Comcast, the program is hosted by Emmy and Peabody award winner Warren Peper, multimedia producer for The Post and Courier. "In the News" will focus not only on news-makers but on the perspectives of those who report, edit and comment on the news.
Each week's program runs daily at 3 and 8 p.m.
"We are going to use a lot of the resources that are already in The Post and Courier building," said Peper, who, in addition to his Man on the Street interviews on postandcourier.com, also directs Lowcountrymarketplace.com.
"While the program will incorporate news-makers, it also will involve all the various reporters and columnists and, in some cases, salespeople, as well as the various other properties that fall under The Post and Courier umbrella," he said.
The inaugural segment features Post and Courier Editor and Publisher Bill Hawkins, who will discuss the future of newspaper journalism, the challenges facing newspapers in a multimedia realm and efforts The Post and Courier is making to keep the newspaper relevant, including its online and mobile aspects.
Also showcased will be Steve Wagenlander, director of audience development, who will talk about the task of serving loyal readers of the paper; sports columnist Gene Sapakoff, who will hold forth on the new college football season; and Marcus Amaker, editor of the weekly Preview arts and entertainment section, who will discuss his efforts to keep the community abreast of the arts in the Lowcountry.
Rounding out the first show are a Man on the Street segment dealing with text-messaging while driving and a profile of a street musician commonly seen in the Market downtown.
"The TV show continues our efforts to transition from just a newspaper into a dynamic media company that will serve our readers and advertisers in virtually every format," Hawkins said. "It puts us in a very unique position in this market with our ability to leverage print, the Web and now TV to dominate our market."
Hawkins also said the program would benefit from viewers being able to connect a face and a personality with a byline.
The next new segment, airing Sept. 17, centers on the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo.