MGTV — the cable television station that has broadcast the machinations of state government since 1996 — will go dark by mid-January.
The service, provided by five of the state’s largest cable television providers, will be transferred to the state’s Technology, Management and Budget department and will be available only online.
“The decision comes from the cable companies,” said Kurt Weise, spokesman for management and budget. “There didn’t seem to be demand to keep the channel in their lineup.”
The cable companies approached the state to drop the service, and the state agreed that the Web-only component would be an acceptable replacement. The transfer of programming will be picked up by existing state employees and won’t add to the state’s budget, Weise said.
But some of the programming offered by MGTV will be lost, including broadcasts of events related to state politics and policy sponsored by the Economic Club of Detroit and the Michigan Black Caucus; policy forums by Central Michigan, Michigan State and Grand Valley State universities, and events at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
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