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Good News For Local Programming On Utica Television

Time Warner Cable has committed to bring 2 channels of local programming to the city of Utica. That means area schools can continue broadcasting to families and children, and now a second channel can highlight government issues.
Time Warner Cable has committed to bring 2 channels of local programming to the city of Utica. That means area schools can continue broadcasting to families and children, and now a second channel can highlight government issues.

Proctor High School operates local access channel 3. And under this new agreement, they'll be able to continue to operate their 24 hour a day education programming that's been airing educational TV for over 2 decades.

"Which is very important so that the community and public, parents and taxpayers, knows whats happening in the Utica City School District," says Bruce Karam, Superintendent of Utica School District.

Both parents and students agree.

"It's really important that we have these channels available for our young kids today," says Pamela Rotundl, Utica resident.

"I watched it over the summer, it helped me with the regents. I had two big ones I had to take and I passed them both," says Arkem Owen, Proctor High School student.

Before the agreement, there were talks the Utica city government would consolidate with the school's programming to air city meetings and events. But now, both the city of Utica and the school district will have their own separate channels.

"It's entirely new channel 98 in your local system. Here, transparency in government will be monumental, we can air all types of meetings on these, it's endless," says Councilman Joe Marino, chairman of Utica's Communication Committee.

Councilman Marino says the new channel will be run out of city hall at no cost to the taxpayer. He says this announcement also symbolizes a partnership.

"The city and school working together is vital to this area because the taxpayers in the city and in the school are the same people. These things are vital steps and pieces in bringing this community back together," says Councilman Marino.

City officials anticipate the new government channel being up and running in 6 to 8 months.
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