Friday April 19, 2013
MetroTV Honored for Quality Government Programming
National Award honors “overall excellence”
MetroTV – an already award-winning government access channel serving Louisville metro – has again been recognized for television excellence by The Alliance for Community Media.
“MetroTV is a vital part of the city’s efforts to engage and respond to citizens,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Whether it’s airing the monthly concert series in Metro Hall, broadcasting Metro Council meetings or livestreaming press conferences, MetroTV lets busy Louisvillians keep up with what’s happening in their city, and with their government.”
MetroTV can be viewed on Insight/Time Warner Cable channel 25 or viewed online at: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroTV According to a Community Needs Assessment performed last year, 41 percent of cable subscribers regularly watch MetroTV, with 82 percent describing the informational value of the programming as either “excellent or good.” (The entire report may be viewed at the link above.)
This is the second year in a row that MetroTV has been honored by the Alliance in its annual “Hometown Media Awards” competition. Both years, MetroTV was honored for “Overall Excellence in Government Access” in its size category.
“MetroTV has a dedicated team of outstanding producers who each produce high-quality creative and informative programs,” said Holly Thompson, who runs MetroTV as Multimedia Services Supervisor. “We’re proud of the work we do and our relationship with the community.”
MetroTV’s mission is to be a top source of information for Louisville residents and it provides programming that makes local government more understandable and accessible to residents. It provides both live and replayed coverage of Metro Council meetings; city government press conferences; special programs focusing on public safety, health, neighborhood issues and education; as well as community events of all types.
The Alliance for Community Media was founded in 1976 and represents more than 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental access organizations and community media centers throughout the nation. .
The Alliance believes that “In order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express themselves.”