|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||26 minutes, 46 seconds (per episode)|
|Original release||1999 – present|
alt.news 26:46 is a student-run television program from the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale that airs on the University's PBS member station, WSIU. This half hour magazine-style TV program has won national acclaim by capturing thirty regional and national awards including seven College Television Awards, or student Emmys. The "26:46" in the show's name reflect its general length per program—26 minutes, 46 seconds, with the remaining time in its half-hour slot used for WSIU's promos and messages.
Alt.news began in 1995 when SIU alumni encouraged the school to expand its daily news program. Students were asked to compete for several different weekly special segments, one of which was supposed to be an entertainment news segment. This entertainment segment was morphed into a weekly news show called alt.news. It featured a smart and wacky documentary style about everything and anything. The average length was about seven minutes long and aired each Thursday night, quickly becoming the most controversial and anticipated news segment. Alt.news continued in this format for three years until it was turned into the half hour show that it is today.
- Official alt.news website
- Alt.news 26:46 at the Internet Movie Database
- alt.news 26:46 Myspace Page
- alt.news YouTube Playlist
- alt.news' demo reel on YouTube
- College of Mass Communication & Media Arts at SIUC
- Department of Radio-Television at SIUC