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WV PBS officials pitch new channel to cable operators

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the launch of the West Virginia Channel less than a month away, officials with West Virginia Public Broadcasting are trying to convince a number of cable television operators in the state to carry the channel.

Public Broadcasting General Manager Scott Finn told the state Educational Broadcasting Authority Wednesday that only about half of cable TV subscribers in the state will have the new channel, which replaces WVPB2, on their cable lineups.

“We’re hopeful we’ll be able to expand that,” he said.

Finn said he and state cable TV lobbyist Mark Polen, a former EBA member, met with cable operators last week to pitch the new channel, which will be available Jan. 1.

While WVPB2 primarily offers alternate broadcast times for programming already on WVPB, the West Virginia Channel will have original, state-oriented programming, beginning in January with gavel-to-gavel coverage of House of Delegates and Senate floor sessions during the 2016 legislative session, anchored by Beth Vorhees.

“We’re going to be covering a lot more West Virginia events…

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