Saturday, December 15, 2012

Internet broadcasting of legislative proceedings to continue

From: WisconsinEye; a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization

Wisconsin Legislature Extends Agreement with WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network

MADISON – WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network (WisconsinEye) today expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly for renewing a six-year license agreement that allows gavel-to-gavel cable TV and internet broadcasting of legislative proceedings.

“Our thanks go to the leaders and members of the Senate and Assembly for renewing this incredible level of citizen access to state government,” said Margaret Farrow, chair of the WisconsinEye board of directors. “This bipartisan agreement speaks volumes about Wisconsin’s tradition of openness in government and the Legislature’s desire to engage citizens on important public policy issues.”

WisconsinEye programming is available on cable TV throughout the state. The two primary partners are Charter Communications (channel 995) and Time Warner Cable (channel 363).

During legislative sessions, the network provides live and delayed coverage. When the legislature is not active, WisconsinEye programs the 24/7 channels with civic and public policy events and interviews from throughout the state. For example:

During the 2012 elections, WisconsinEye conducted 262 candidate interviews at locations in Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau and Wauwatosa. The network also broadcast 18 candidate forums and debates, and covered 57 rallies and news conferences including national candidates of both major political parties.

In the past 12 months, WisconsinEye has produced 42 programs on the current debate over mining in northern Wisconsin.

“Through six years of broadcasting, WisconsinEye has earned a reputation for providing coverage of important issues – without bias, partisanship or vested interest in policy outcomes,” said network president Jon Henkes. “Everyone affiliated with WisconsinEye is deeply committed to this mission and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of our great state.”

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