Fox owned WOR is pulling the plug on their 10PM newscast and replacing it with a show called "Chasing New Jersey" that will feature a "Ringleader."
The station is billing it as a 30-minute topical program, focusing on all things New Jersey, from interviews with local politicians and residents, to the issues driving conversations in the state.
In making the announcement, Station Manager Dianne Doctor stated, “New Jersey’s politics, infrastructure, businesses and celebrities continue to make national headlines. Though challenges persist, it is no doubt an exciting time to live, work, raise a family in the Garden state. We have created a unique and valuable platform to showcase just that.”
Each night, the “Ringleader” of the program will take viewers on a fast-paced, unpredictable ride across the state of New Jersey as “Chasers” hit the streets to cover the stories that are placing New Jersey firmly in the national headlines. Originating from the state capital of Trenton, “Chasing” will cover a broad range of topics and issues, including interviews with local politicians, law enforcement officials and citizens on a variety of issues affecting New Jersey communities. Nothing is off limits in this 30-minute program.
Created by Dennis Bianchi, Vice President, Fairfax Productions and Vice President and General Manager, WTXF FOX 29 Philadelphia, “Chasing New Jersey” will be produced by Fairfax Productions. Jerry Burke will serve as executive producer of the program.
Added Bianchi, “This type of evolution is long-overdue in local news and is intended to shake up and revitalize the genre. It’s about covering stories of real interest and importance in a new, refreshing and non-derivative way, with depth, context, interaction and debate.”