by Karl Kurtz
Today's Hartford Courant carries an AP story, "C-Span-like TV takes state legislative hearings into homes," which contains a nice overview of the 20 state public affairs networks that are carrying legislative coverage. It features the Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, and Washington networks.
The story quotes Connecticut deputy speaker Bob Godfrey:
"Even before there was reality TV, this was reality TV," Godfrey said of legislative coverage by CT-N. "This was unscripted, unrehearsed - what's actually going on live at the State Capital, often on issues of interest in a general or specific way."
But the AP story missed the latest advent of a state public affairs network in Wisconsin, "WisconsinEye takes wraps off Capitol" (Janesville Gazette). This private, not-for-profit network's coverage of the Wisconsin Legislature is currently available only on the Web but will soon be carried by cable companies in the state.
Both of these stories come to us courtesy of the National Association of Public Affairs Networks (NAPAN) newsletter.