The Oregon Channel
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Oregon University System
The Oregon Channel, a former public affairs television network in the U.S. state of Oregon, was operated by a consortium consisting of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Southern Oregon Public Television, the Oregon Legislative Assembly, the Oregon University System and the Oregon Public Affairs Network (OPAN). It was carried on most cable television systems throughout the Oregon either on a part-time or full-time basis as well as on the Internet. The station operated 24 hours a day.
When the legislature is not in session, other live gavel-to-gavel programming was carried, including the Oregon Supreme Court, and meetings of the Governor and his or her cabinet. When there were no live gavel-to-gavel meetings, other local or statewide public affairs programming was carried.
Officials at the Oregon State Capitol planned to discontinue the broadcast of the Oregon Channel after the 2011 session, concluding that the viewership of the Oregon Channel had dropped too low to justify spending the money to keep it running. Both the lack of interest from local Salem/Salem-area Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable television channels and the failure of public broadcast to produce a reasonable agreement for transmission to other Government-access television (GATV) channels across Oregon forced this public service to discontinue.
Video of all legislative hearings and floor sessions continues to be streamed live on the legislature's website.
- Lehman, Chris (January 28, 2011). "State Legislature's 'Oregon Channel' To Cease Operations". NPR. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
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