Monday, August 22, 2011

KIAH 39's NewsFix launches 'The Fixer' investigative and consumer unit


Every Houston TV station has an investigative unit at this point, but when NewsFix was announced on KIAH CW39, I never thought it would have an investigative unit. Looks like I've been fixed though, because the station just notified me of its latest investigative endeavor.

Launched just a few weeks ago, "The Fixer" is NewsFix's new weekly segment in consumer advocacy and investigative reporting.

"The Fixer" has already gone after city hall and gotten results according to the installment's first story (video embedded above). After Houston Mayor Annise Parker implemented water conservation measures recently, "The Fixer" found city vehicles were getting excessive scrub downs resulting in wasted water. According to the report, the city shut down the problem.

Next "The Fixer" went after Bush Intercontinental Airport where the station says it uncovered potential overcharging of travelers concerning baggage scales.

“NewsFix continues to produce new segments which are pertinent to our viewers,” said NewsFix Executive Producer and Imaginator Gary Jaffe. “Our great investigative team has over 25 years of combined experience in the Houston television market, and putting “The Fixer” into action to will help raise awareness of issues that affect what’s happening around the city. You’ll never know the actual identity of “The Fixer,” although you’ll see his shadow, and always see his results.”

I don't know for a fact who is working in "The Fixer" unit since it is top secret at this point. But after helping get former KTRK 13 Undercover (Wayne Dolcefino) photographer David DeFranchi hired at KIAH 39, I have to imagine he is involved. It would be crime if he wasn't.

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  1. Now all Channel 39 needs is for someone to "fix" NewsFix. It's just a hodge podge of YouTube videos and discount one-man band shot sound bites with an attempted "hip" attitude that comes off as more immature than intelligent. My prediction is that they will close the doors on NewsFix by the end of the year.

  2. These stories are more relevant to the average viedwer than some of the fare on other Houston TV stations. Not as longwinded and drawn out either.

  3. But are people watching regularly and for the entire NewsFix alleged newscast? A number of people have give kudos to NewsFix, but when you tie them down, they admit that they rarely watch it. Result ... no regular viewers ... low advertising dollars ... reruns of Seinfeld or another sitcom coming back to 9pm on Channel 39.

  4. NewsFix is so bad, no one is watching it. I think if Mia were to do anything about it then I think people would watch.