Thursday, February 5, 2009

PBS Show to Feature Shelby County Officials, Frayser Foreclosures

Posted by on Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The PBS weekly newsmagazine NOW on PBS will document the catastrophic impact home foreclosures are having on Memphis and Shelby County communities.

The program will profile the joint Shelby County Board of Commissioners and Memphis City Council resolution authorizing litigation targeted at mortgage lending institutions who have participated in unlawful, deceptive and discriminatory practices. Shelby County mayor AC Wharton discusses the necessity and implications of such a lawsuit during a one-on-one interview with journalist David Brancaccio.

NOW on PBS will also feature what's billed as an "eye-opening tour" of the Frayser community, the Shelby County neighborhood most impacted by foreclosures in 2008. County and city officials will discuss the resulting blight and devastation inflicted on the area.

Locally, the segment will air Friday at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO2 and again on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

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