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BARDEN CABLEVISION CHANNEL 6 TO CARRY 8-HOUR LIVE PROGRAM FROM MICHIGAN LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERS

 DETROIT, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Detroit will have a rare opportunity today (Tuesday, April 27) to see their elected state officials in action. Barden Cablevision Channel 6, in cooperation with cable companies throughout Michigan, will produce and cablecast an eight-hour, live television program called Cable from the Capitol.
 This unique day-long program will include coverage and commentary of the Michigan House and Senate, roundtable discussions with legislative leaders, a live call-in program with Gov. John Engler, and special feature segments including winning entries in high school and higher education television public service announcement contests (PSAs and the Michigan Voice of Democracy winner).
 Cable from the Capitol was created by the Michigan Cable Television Association (MCTA) in cooperation with nearly all of the state's cable television operators. During the live cablecast, it is made available to more than 1.2 million cable subscribers in the state. On the statewide playback, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, possible viewership is assessed at more than 1.5 million cable viewers.
 This year marks the fifth time that Cable from the Capitol has been produced. A great deal of dedication and hard work go into the production, which requires more than 50 crew members. Meetings to coordinate coverage and plans for the day's events began last year and are ongoing.
 Michigan Cable Television Association Executive Director Colleen McNamara said the idea behind Cable from the Capitol is simple. "Not everyone has the time or means to travel to Lansing. So we decided that if they couldn't come to the state Capitol we would bring it to them." In addition to providing coverage for the general public, two television PSA contests were held to get high school and higher education institutions more involved this year. McNamara noted, "The results from educators and students have been encouraging."
 In the long term, cable operators hope that Cable from the Capitol will help increase interest in the political process and heighten awareness among the general public of how public policy is created.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Harrison or Barbara McCoy of Barden Communications, 313-934-2600, Ext. 241 or 363/


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