NFOIC director to head new TV channel covering Maine Legislature

December 13, 2012 12:09 PM

From The Portland Press Herald:

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers have given the green light to a new digital television channel that the Maine Public Broadcasting Network will devote to coverage of the State House.
 
The MPBN State House Channel is modeled after the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, or C-SPAN, that offers live coverage of Congress. MPBN will use existing closed-circuit audio and video feeds at the State House to broadcast sessions in both the House and Senate as well as committee hearings on legislation with significant state impact.
 
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Veteran State House journalist Mal Leary will become the managing editor and director of the program. ...
 
Leary, president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and a director for the National Freedom of Information Coalition, said the MPBN channel is consistent with his goal of bringing transparency to state government.

Maine Freedom of Information Coalition is a member of NFOIC. -- eds.