Attention WCTV Viewers! Station Announces Major Channel Changes

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an important announcement from WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville:

Background

For more than 30 years, WCTV has had three television channels. While the numbers have changed, the concept has been the same: One channel is known as “Public”, a place where community producers can air content. The other channels are “Education” and “Government”. The former has included all school-related activities (including sports) and the latter includes all government meetings, in addition to programming produced by government officials.

WCTV surveys over the past two years have shown that viewers are most interested in meetings, community events, school events and election coverage. Our channel structure currently divides these categories among three channels.

When someone asks, “What channel are you on?”, the response is usually another question: “What are you looking for?” Programs from the library, Recreation Department and local scouts (to name just a few) also challenge the traditional definitions as to whether something is “public”, “educational” or “governmental”.

Coming In January 2019

WCTV (Comcast 9 / Verizon 37, formerly WCTV Public) will serve as the station’s primary channel for Wilmington content. This will be home to all live programming, major community & school events, sports and election programming. It will also include time blocks dedicated to Wilmington volunteer producers, even if their content is not specifically Wilmington-centric.

WCTV Meetings (Comcast 22 / Verizon 38, formerly WCTV Government) won’t change much, but instead of airing content that is produced by government officials, this will almost exclusively be for municipal meetings. Note that live meetings may simulcast on our main channel and government channel. We know how important government meetings are to people and want to make sure they don’t miss them.

WCTV Access (Comcast 99 / Verizon 39, formerly WCTV Education) represents the most dramatic change to our traditional lineup. This channel will feature programming from community producers, as well as public access programs that are produced outside Wilmington. It’s also where community-centric and school-related programming will go for a “longer shelf life” outside of our main channel schedule.

What Channel Are You On?

The answer is now: Comcast 9 / Verizon 37. Much like ESPN and HBO, we’ll have a main channel dedicated to the most relevant material, and then secondary channels for specific interests. We promise that each night starting at 7PM on WCTV, you can tune in to find either a live program or timely community content, whether it be an event on the common, a concert at the schools or an election-related interview.

As a town, Wilmington isn’t divided along “public”, “education” and “government” lines. By putting content that is most relevant to our audience on one channel, we believe we make WCTV a better destination for television viewers.

Got a question or feedback? Contact Executive Director Shaun Neville at 978-657-4066 or sneville@wctv.org.

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