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.
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.