City of Saginaw MI -
SGTV Station Upgrades
CITY OF SAGINAW'S SGTV STATION UPGRADES MAKE FOR IMPROVED VIEWING: JANUARY 4, 2013 SAGINAW, MI - The City of Saginaw has recently upgraded the City's SGTV station equipment. Upgrades include an automated camera system and server/software, which will allow programming capabilities for the station. These upgrades were funded through Communication Franchise fees paid by Charter Communication and AT&T. These funds are restricted for the operation of SGTV only.
City Manager Darnell Earley is pleased with the upgrades and the City's ability to better capture and transmit City Council meetings to improve communication with the public. "Attending City Council meetings provides the citizens with an opportunity to directly provide feedback to elected officials and City staff for follow up and response; and is the Democratic and effective means of communication for optimum interaction and results, stated Earley. "It is an enhancement to our ability to provide information to the public in real time.
"The upgrades will allow viewers to see the speaker, council members, audience, pre-set locations, close-up angles, and enhanced video quality. The elevated cameras will provide better angles for viewing. There will be an extra camera, with a total of three cameras mounted in the council chambers. Viewers will see changes beginning with the January 7, 2013 City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Jeff Klopcic, Technical Services Director, commented "In celebration of SGTV's 25 th on-air anniversary this January and the City's ongoing commitment to government television, we are proud to implement our new Council camera system. The addition of three new cameras in Council Chambers will provide enhanced viewing for citizens on SGTV channel 99 or through live streaming on the City's website at www.saginaw-mi.com."
The new media channel server with software will now allow for 24-hour programming. Currently, while SGTV staff is not in the studio, the only broadcasting capability is Powerpoint slides. This new equipment will allow for 24-hour playback of council, boards, and commissions meetings; PSAs; and other city programming, to be implemented in the next 30 - 45 days.
If you would like additional information on the station upgrades to SGTV, please contact Debbie Buck in the City Manager/Public Information Office at 989-759-1403.
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