PBS CEO to address Mackinac Policy Conference

PBS CEO to address Mackinac Policy Conference
May 29, 2018 paperlesslion
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The Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will collaborate to provide Michigan citizens with the access to the Mackinac Policy Conference, which hosts some of the most important policy discussions on the state’s annual calendar. Click here to watch online and to link with the details on the policy and discussion sessions.

Another special feature for the supporters of public television is the keynote address by PBS CEO Paula Kerger, delivered today — Wednesday, May 30. Her topic was “Trust in the Media,” also a timely theme in this election year.

For the 15th consecutive year PBS was recently voted America’s most trusted institution. And this marks the 8th year Detroit Public Television Channel 56 has provided complete coverage of the Mackinac Policy Conference. Watch online via the player below or on-air via DPTV Channel 56.

The conference, with sessions May 30 through June 1 on Mackinac Island, will feature its usual roster of high-level speakers, insightful panels and other significant programming, which attracts nearly 1,500 statewide business, government and community leaders each year.

This election season, the conference will include a gubernatorial debate with the top three candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties. The first gubernatorial debate among candidates from both political parties, it will be live-streamed on Thursday, May 31, from 6-7 p.m. and broadcast on DTPV from 8-9 p.m.


PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger will address the annual Mackinac Policy Conference on May 30, speaking live to a national audience on how media can foster trust, the phenomenon of “fake news” and the need to restore confidence in government, media and business.

Trust is a crucial topic in these times, and it is rewarding and reassuring that PBS and member stations are taking a leadership position.

Ms. Kerger will address the gathering on Wednesday, May 30, at 3:10 p.m. EDT, in a speech that will be delivered live online by Detroit Public TV.

Hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Mackinac Policy Conference is held each spring to focus on significant issues of government, policy and economics.  Speakers at this year’s event include Kerger, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan, U.S. Representatives J.C. Watts (R) Oklahoma and Harold Ford, Jr. (D) Tennessee, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Since 2011, the Chamber and DPTV have worked together to significantly broaden access to the Mackinac Policy Conference.  Each year our audience grows. DPTV’s Mackinac Policy Conference coverage is accessed through computers and tablets during and immediately after the event, in addition to the TV audience with more than 50,000 views in 2017.

Building on past successes, DPTV will broadcast, webcast and produce other content from the Mackinac Policy Conference (MPC) and make it available via its multiple television channels and digital platforms, so the public can experience the discussion of the most important issues facing Michigan.  All content, including live-streams, will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations in Michigan, to continue to make coverage of the MPC as accessible as possible.

DPTV coverage will be anchored by Emmy-winning MiWeek anchor Christy McDonald, with analysis from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley.

DPTV plans to broadcast and/or live-stream:

  • Coverage of virtually every conference session, featuring keynote addresses and panel discussions, starting tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m.
  • A daily half-hour recap of conference activity at on Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Christy McDonald, Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson
  • Live and recorded interviews with speakers, conference participants and analysts

Here’s the agenda of sessions scheduled at the conference:

http://www.detroitchamber.com/mpc/2018-sessions/