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Covington takes over TV channels

COVINGTON - The city of Covington has taken over two television channels from Charter Communications for public use.

Channels 8 and 20 became public, educational and government (PEG) channels as of Sunday.

Prerecorded programming that features local information, such as City Council agendas, public service announcements and photographic scenes of Covington is airing.

Programming will be expanded in the near future, according to Utilities Director Bill Meecham.

"There's a lot of things we're looking at doing. Right now, we're just getting the channels up and running," he said.

A program that will introduce the public to city employees will begin running in a few days, and Rich Simpson's Chat Room will remain on the air.

City Council meetings should begin airing soon, though there will be a delay between the actual meeting and the air date, as the system is not set up to do live programming.

Also, the city hopes to run programming provided by the school system, county government and other local governments and public service entities.

Members of the general public who meet certain criteria and regulations can also submit programs to air. The programs should have a communitywide appeal, Meecham said.

"It provides a source of information that may not be there presently, a means by which people with responsible programming can come forward and have a medium through which they can express their thoughts," he said.

A production studio at City Hall is not yet up and running, but will soon be available for use at a nominal fee, Meecham said.

For more information, call 770-385-2000.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.