Press Release: University of California Television Lights up Cable in the Central Valley (3/1/2006)

University of California Television Lights up Cable in the Central Valley

In addition to the new UC Merced campus, California’s Central Valley is now home to University of California Television (UCTV), available 24 hours a day on Comcast digital cable channel 190.

UCTV brings to the region an incredible range of educational and enrichment programming from the entire ten campus UC system. In return, UCTV’s worldwide audience will have access to the valuable content from UC Merced and the other UC affiliated programs located within the booming Central Valley.

Tune in March 8 at 8 p.m. for “Making Room for California’s Future: Why the Central Valley Matters,” a talk by Modesto’s Great Valley Center president Carol Whiteside, taped at UC Berkeley. Stay tuned on March 15 at 10:30 p.m. for UCTV’s magazine program “State of Minds,” featuring a segment assessing the Central Valley’s levee system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

UCTV combines the resources and activities of all the UC campuses and affiliated institutions throughout the state. With content as diverse as the campuses themselves, UCTV broadcasts interviews, lectures, documentaries, and performances covering topics in health and medicine, science, public affairs, humanities, and the arts. UCTV also offers specialized program blocks for both teachers and health care professionals.

“We are thrilled to have UCTV programming available to the residents of the Central Valley," said UC Merced Vice Chancellor for University Relations John Garamendi. "We hope this valuable resource will lead to additional programming possibilities for UC Merced, both on the campus and throughout the community.

“The diverse Central Valley region and UC Merced play an essential part in the success of the UC system statewide,” stated Lynn Burnstan, UCTV’s director. “We are so pleased to be able to bring the entire UC package to the Central Valley.”

For Comcast cable, UCTV’s channel launch demonstrates the cable system’s use of its technology to offer programming that is important to the communities it serves in the six counties of Fresno, Merced, Madera, Tulare, Stanislaus and Kings.

“Comcast is committed to its Central Valley subscribers and we are particularly excited about expanding our relationship with UC Merced and the UC system,” stated Ralph Martinez, Vice President – Operations at Comcast.

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