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Michigan Government Television
(MGTV)
Launched July 15, 1996
Picture format 480i
Country  United States
Language English
Broadcast area Michigan
Headquarters Lansing, Michigan
Website www.mgtv.org
Availability
Cable
Available on most
Michigan cable systems
Availability of MGTV

Michigan Government Television (MGTV) is a public affairs channel begun by state cable providers and available on cable television in Michigan. Modeled on C-SPAN, the programming covers events and proceedings within the state government, including sessions of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. When MGTV launched on July 15, 1996, programming included House and Senate committees, commission meetings from within the executive branch and state board of education, press conferences, speeches by policy makers, and events made available by the state’s universities.

In October 1996, MGTV made Michigan only the second state to air oral arguments from the state's Supreme Court.[1] Live coverage of the House of Representatives and Senate began in October 1997.

Due to limited funding, MGTV only airs 4 hours a day (10:00 am to 2:00 pm) on weekdays, and during special events like The Michigan Governor's State of the State Address. Because of the limited schedule, MGTV usually shares time with local access, leased access or infomercial channels.

References

  1. ^ "Michigan Supreme Court action to appear online". mlive (Michigan Live). 30 July 2009. http://www.mlive.com/news/kzgazette/index.ssf?/base/news-34/124896542348690.xml&coll=7. Retrieved 2009-08-07.  
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