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WLJT Channel 11 begins state government coverage

WLJT Channel 11 begins state government coverage

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 11:46 am

WLJT, Channel 11, along with Tennessee’s other five public television stations, kicked off its annual coverage the opening week of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly Jan. 8-10. 
Sessions, which began Monday, air on WLJT 11.2, The Tennessee Channel, Monday through Thursday throughout the legislative session.
On Monday, the station carried live coverage of Gov. Bill Haslam’s 2013 State of the State Address.
“WLJT is always excited to bring coverage of the State of the State Address and our General Assembly to our west Tennessee viewers,” said Monica Cochran, WLJT’s general manager and CEO. “These are partnerships that are not only between us and our legislators – they are between our legislators and their constituents.  Before our coverage began many individuals knew very little about the workings of the General Assembly.  Now they have a firsthand look and that’s pretty amazing.”
 Legislative coverage, which is in partnership with the Tennessee General Assembly, offers citizens a chance to witness their elected representatives in action. In addition to floor sessions, selected committee meetings, where many of the big issues confronting the legislature are debated, will also air. Each week’s broadcast schedule will be set by the Tennessee Senate and House on Thursday of the previous week.
This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee General Assembly and with additional support from AT&T and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and by the following members of the Tennessee Credit Union League: Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union; Ascend Federal Credit Union; Bowater Employees Credit Union; City of Memphis Credit Union; First South Financial Credit Union; Kimberly Clark Credit Union; Leaders Credit Union; Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union; US Community Credit Union; and UT Federal Credit Union.
“Making Tennessee’s legislature more open, transparent and accessible was one of my primary missions on becoming Lieutenant Governor in 2007. Today our legislative sessions and committee meetings are streamed live over the internet and archived for anyone with access to a computer,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “I am extremely grateful to our partners in public television for their assistance in expanding our mission to the air waves. With a click of their remote, citizens now have access to everyday business of the legislature previously available only to insiders. The level of access Tennessee taxpayers now have to their government is truly unprecedented. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Published in The WCP 1.29.13

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