Despite Losing Show, NYC’s WNET to Open New Studio

By Andrew Gauthier 

Crain’s New York

Worldfocus, the WNET-produced international news program, is shutting down. But Channel Thirteen’s long delayed new studio at Lincoln Center is getting set to open, and it may wind up hosting a new nightly current affairs program focused on local news.

“Worldfocus has been an important laboratory for us during these past two years,” said Neal Shapiro, chief executive of, the station’s parent company, in an internal memo on Friday. “Given the economic environment we now face, it is not prudent to continue the broadcast at this time.”

The nightly news program will go off the air April 2. More…