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June 11, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Milestone for UDC TV
Upgraded Cable Channel Resumes Broadcasting On Van Ness Campus


Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia this week takes back operation of its cable channel.  For the past five years, the cable operation has been housed within the DC Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications, and OCTT has provided broadcast services for the UDC Cable Channel 98 on Comcast.  Over the past nine months, a brand new state-of-the-art cable channel automated television master control system was designed and built by Professional Products, Inc. at a cost of $357,000 and relocated the on-air operations of UDC-TV to the Van Ness Campus in order to support the 24-hour adult education program service to the cable television customers of Comcast, RCN and Verizon Fios(Channel 19).

The automated system comes with a new satellite system that will significantly enhance UDC’s ability to provide additional higher educational programming for the DC cable customer.  As part of the initiative, UDC-TV will carry programming from The Research Channel, itself a “consortium of leading research and academic institutions, which shares the valuable work of their researchers with the public.” Among the participating institutions: American Meteorological Society, Cal State, George Mason, IBM, Microsoft, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford School of Medicine, Texas A&M, Tulane, UVA and Yale. Over time, UDC will also share its own programs with the channel.

“Regaining control of our television station is a significant development in the system’s resurgence,” said Dr. Allen L. Sessoms President of the University System of the District of Columbia.  “This truly exemplifies our commitment to the three pillars of our land grant mission: Education, Community Service, and Outreach.”

This project is the second phase of a multi-step operation to fully upgrade UDC TV’s systems.  Phase III will involve an upgrade of UDC-TV studio lighting systems and the expansion of the current automated system to program a second cable channel currently in development---UDC/Arts Channel.  Expected air date is January 2011 as part of the University’s year long 160-year anniversary celebration.

WHAT:                  Ribbon Cutting – UDC TV Master Control Relocates to Van Ness Campus
WHEN:                  Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – 1:00 PM
WHERE:                4200 Connecticut Ave., NW – Learning Resources Building (41)


As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the University of the District of Columbia (David A. Clarke School of Law, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and the Community College of the District of Columbia.

Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371