|SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL EXPANDS INTO ST. TAMMANY, WASHINGTON PARISHES
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Channel,
Southeastern Louisiana University's educational cable access channel, quadrupled
its reach into 92,000 homes in the area when it began broadcasting May
1 in St. Tammany and Washington parishes on Charter Cable Channel 17.
The channel previously aired
solely in Tangipahoa and part of Livingston parishes, reaching into about
23,000 households. The channel now covers the entire north shore area serviced
by Charter Cable, which includes 33 different communities with approximately
240,000 potential viewers.
The channel currently can be
viewed in St. Tammany and Washington parishes on Channel 17 in Charter's
basic cable lineup and will switch to Channel 18 in the fall once all of
Charter's cable subscribers have been notified. The Southeastern Channel,
which has been airing on Channel 18 in Tangipahoa and Livingston since
July 2002, will continue to air on that channel in those parishes.
"Charter Communications is very
pleased to be partnering once again with Southeastern to expand the reach
of the Southeastern Channel to all of our subscribers," said Charter General
Manager Kelly LeBouef. "We see great things happening at the university,
and we're just glad that we can be a part of that. We're pleased
to announce that the Southeastern Channel will be available to all of our
viewers on the north shore because we look at Southeastern as the university
of the north shore."
The Southeastern Channel broadcasts
a wide variety of campus events such as concerts and lectures, theatrical
productions, and university athletic events. The lineup also includes
documentaries, community talk shows, magazine programs, and public affairs
The channel carries college-level
telecourses, which can be taken for credit at Southeastern. The broadcast
schedule includes workplace training programs, teacher professional development
programming, and educational series aimed at improving the performance
of elementary and high school
"Through telecourses, performances
and other original educational programming, our expanding
partnership with Charter Communications will allow us to more effectively
achieve the mission of the
university to lead the educational, economic, and cultural development
of southeast Louisiana," said John Crain, Southeastern provost and vice-president
for academic affairs.
The Southeastern Channel also
airs programs from its affiliate partners such as the Annenberg Corporation
for Public Broadcasting, a noted provider of student and teacher development
programs. Other partners include the Classic Arts Showcase, NASA-TV, Louisiana
Hometown Network, Farm Bureau, and Research Channel, a consortium of major
"The Southeastern Channel airs
programs with excellent quality and value for its audience," said Rick
Settoon, general manager of the channel. "We believe our new viewers will
enjoy and benefit from our diverse lineup of educational, entertainment,
community and sports programming."
Several Southeastern Channel
programs have recently won national and international awards against top
competition in the television industry. Included are "Fighting Lions: The
Glory Years," a documentary on the history of Southeastern football, and
"The 2003 North Shore Gubernatorial Forum,” in which gubernatorial candidates
addressed economic and transportation issues facing the area. Other winners
were "Southeastern Times," a university news magazine, and "Come, Memory…,"
a concert by the Southeastern Wind Symphony.