The University Record, January 21, 1998

CTN and UMTV join forces

By Wono Lee
News and Information Services

The University and the City of Ann Arbor's Community Television Network (CTN) have formed a new partnership to provide University programming to MediaOne viewers.

UMTV, the campus cable system sponsored by the Information Technology Division (ITD), will begin airing selected UMTV programming over CTN's Cable Channel 8 this month. Under the joint venture, recent major campus events such as the presidential inauguration and the M-Quality EXPO presentations will air on CTN. Other innovative programming efforts will demonstrate non-traditional uses of the two systems, such as public school classroom interaction with University faculty and laboratory resources.

UMTV programming will air on CTN Cable Channel 8 at 1-3 p.m. Fridays and 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays.

"This is a terrific pairing of the two cable systems," says Jose-Marie Griffiths, the University's chief information officer and ITD executive director. "This partnership increases the University's capability to provide valuable and timely information of significant interest to both the Ann Arbor and University communities."

According to CTN Cable Administrator Hap Haasch, "This collaboration fits nicely into CTN's plans for programming development, and demonstrates that the city and University can work together for mutual benefit."

CTN manages public, educational and government access channels for the City of Ann Arbor (cable channels 8, 9, 10 and 11). Serving Ann Arbor since 1973, CTN's facility is located in the lower level of the Edison Center at 425 S. Main. Its main mission is to provide free studio, editing, camcorder and producer training workshops to Ann Arbor residents and non-profit organizations.

Michael Berger, video projects leader for UMTV said, "We have spent the last several years expanding UMTV's infrastructure across campus. By completing this physical interconnect to MediaOne via CTN to the Ann Arbor area, we now are able to reach a broader audience interested in U-M information."

UMTV is a 60-channel campus cable television system available in all residence hall rooms and in numerous offices, classrooms and meeting rooms in more than 80 U-M buildings. UMTV features live campus events and innovative programming from numerous U-M schools and departments and selected cable networks. The system's uniquely decentralized design allows information to be broadcast across campus from a variety of locations.

For more information about UMTV, call 647-3419. Additional information about UMTV programming can be found at: http://www.itd.umich.edu/umtv/.

For more information about programming and the free community media resources available through CTN, call 769-7422.