Warren and Washington Counties Pass Resolutions Calling on Cable Operator to Carry Mountain Lake PBS
Mountain Lake PBS is not broadcast in Warren and Washington Counties depriving citizens of important local news, political coverage and educational content.
Warren and Washington County leaders issued resolutions at their respective County Board of Supervisor meetings asking for Time Warner Cable, and potential new cable operator Comcast, to include Mountain Lake PBS in future cable channel listings in Warren and Washington Counties.
Supervisor Fred Monroe of Chestertown said, “Mountain Lake PBS offers unique and regional programming important to our citizens. This includes political coverage like the 2014 congressional debate and the Lake George Invasive Species documentary titled Lake Defendersthat our citizens in Warren County were not able to watch on television. That is not right and we are asking for it to be addressed.”
Supervisor Dana Haff of Hartford said, “For citizens of Hartford and Washington County, Mountain Lake PBS offers more informative and educational programming relevant to the Adirondack region than the Albany and Vermont PBS stations currently offered by Time Warner. There is an excellent opportunity to make right this situation by including Mountain Lake PBS in future coverage for Washington County.”
The original Provisional Charter issued by New York State for the creation of public television in this region granted Mountain Lake PBS coverage in six counties - Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington and Hamilton. However, Mountain Lake PBS is currently not carried by Time Warner Cable in Warren and Washington Counties. With a pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner local leaders are calling on the companies to right this long-standing failure of the original charter.
Local leaders are asking citizens to go online athttp://mountainlake.org/petition and sign the online petition supporting the effort to get Mountain Lake PBS in their community.
“Mountain Lake PBS provides a unique cable offering, much of which is proprietary and customized to our broadcast area,” said Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS. “Should we have the ability to cover Warren and Washington Counties, we will begin the process of identifying local people, issues and events to cover in those communities even more extensively than we already have.”
About Mountain Lake PBSMountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.