Michigan government cable channel MGTV to be replaced with online format


LANSING, MI – The state government cable channel is going all online.

Michigan Government Television, or MGTV, will be replaced by the MiTV web portal in January.

MGTV was launched in 1996 and operates as an independent, not-for-profit company funded by Comcast, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, WOW, and Time Warner Cable.

It broadcasts Michigan House and Senate sessions, committee hearings, Michigan Supreme Court hearings, and other government programs through five cable companies serving 1.6 million Michigan homes. It is not available through satellite providers.

The cable industry’s board of directors recently decided to abandon the station due to lack of demand, said Kurt Weiss, spokesperson for the Department of Technology, Management and Development. budget.

MGTV ceded its equipment to the DTMB so that it could continue to broadcast government activities online. The five station employees were laid off and received severance packages. Operations will now be managed by existing DTMB employees, Weiss said.

“We wanted to maintain transparency in state government,” he said.

The state did not do an official study, but Weiss said he didn’t think there were too many people who had cable TV but no internet access.

The cable station’s programming will air from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, while the web portal will be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may include archived recordings. It will also be compatible with tablets and mobile devices.

Weiss said he thinks most people will find the new format easier to access.

The new web portal will launch on January 1 and the cable channel will no longer air in mid-January.

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