WOW currently the only cable provider carrying city government TV live

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 5, 2013 

On Tuesday, when Columbus Council meets for the first time in its new chambers at the City Services Center, CCG-TV will broadcast live for the first time from its new studios there. But unless you’re a customer of WOW (formerly Knology) you won’t be able to watch, city officials said Friday.

MediaCom and Charter Communications customers will be able to see a taped version later, as well as all other CCG-TV programming, but only WOW customers will be able to see live programming.

WOW has already connected to the new facility and MediaCom is planning to, City Manager Isaiah Hugley said. But Charter is balking, insisting on a $400 per month service fee from the city, Hugley said.

The city has no intention of paying a provider to broadcast CCG-TV programming, he said, but added that discussions between the city and Charter continue.

For the time being, live telecasts will be seen on WOW, then taped versions will be taken back to the old studio in the Government Center and be broadcast on the other providers for the next 60 days, Hugley said. But after 60 days, the old studio will be shut down and that avenue will no longer be available.

CCG-TV Director Michael King said he is confident the issue will be worked out.

“We’re optimistic,” King said. “We expect everything will get connected and taken care of.”

Efforts to contact a spokesperson for Charter Communications were not successful.

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