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WisconsinEye Logo.png
LaunchedMay 16, 2007
Owned byWisconsinEye Public Affairs Network
SloganWatch Who We Are
CountryWisconsin, U.S.
Broadcast areaStatewide on digital cable
HeadquartersMadison, Wisconsin
WI Spectrum systems363 (former Time Warner systems)
995 (former Charter systems)
Other systems throughout WisconsinCheck local channel listings
Streaming media
Main ChannelAir Feed

WisconsinEye is a non-profit, private public affairs cable network in the state of Wisconsin, United States. The network airs gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Wisconsin Legislature, including floor sessions of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate, plus committee meetings and other programs of state interest such as panels, town halls, and programs about state history. The coverage is available live both on the cable network as well as through the WisconsinEye website.

The channel has partnered with Charter's Spectrum (made up of the legacy Time Warner and Charter systems within the state) in order to reach over 60 percent of the state's population, and is available on the lifeline tier for all viewers. The channel began operations in May 2007, and although the network's signal is 480i SDTV, all programming is acquired in 1080p with high-definition television (HD) cameras and equipment and presented in letterbox format, suggesting a simple transition to an HD signal should the opportunity arise; the air feed on the network's website broadcasts in 1080p (notably, the network is unavailable to Spectrum customers through that provider's mobile app).[1]

Like most state public affairs networks and C-SPAN, WisconsinEye has a strict license regarding use of state legislature and other network footage in any way other than for reference purposes and disallows it from being used in political advertising, an issue which came to the forefront with a Green Bay-targeted ad by a Planned Parenthood political action committee using the network's footage in September 2013.[2]

The channel was removed from Time Warner at the end of the original carriage agreement in early 2009 due to the network wanting payment for carriage, but eventually returned to that provider's systems in late March 2012. Time Warner and Charter merged in May 2016, making Charter's merged "Spectrum" service the dominant carrier of the network through the state.

The non-profit is being financed by private donors including the Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation, the Argosy Foundation, Evjue Foundation, Phil Hendrickson, Terry and Mary Kohler, Madison Gas and Electric, Kwik Trip, Acuity Insurance, the Helen Bader Foundation, 5Nines Technology, Yahara Software, and Wisconsin billionaires Ken and Diane Hendricks, who have contributed more than US$1 million.


  1. ^ Wundrow, Hillary (21 June 2007). "WisEye will shine bright light on government". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ Marley, Patrick (30 August 2013). "Cable channel tells Planned Parenthood to pull Mike Ellis ad". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 22 September 2013.

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