City Announces Expanded TV Broadcast of Meetings

| October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Mayor Rawlings-Blake
October 23, 2012

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Expanded Broadcast Of Public Meetings

BALTIMORE, MD. (October 23, 2012) – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that, beginning tomorrow, the Mayor’s Office of Cable and Communications (MOCC) will begin live broadcasts of three important boards. The meetings will be broadcast on the City cable station, TV25, and online. This is in addition to other public meetings that are already broadcast live, including City Council Meetings and hearings. TV25 also records meetings of the Planning Board and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

The camera upgrade and increased broadcasts come at the same time Mayor Rawlings-Blake has  reduced the Office of Cable and Communications’ general budget by 28% and cut the number of salaried positions in half, since taking office in 2010.

“As we work to grow Baltimore in the coming years, it is vitally important that we invite residents to participate in every aspect of government,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “By making government more open and transparent, we can help residents better understand our decision making process and how they can become involved in the life of the city. I’m pleased that we are able to increase access to government meetings while decreasing the overall budget of TV25.” Meetings of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners, the Municipal Zoning and Appeals Board, and the Board of Estimates take place regularly in City Hall, in the Hyman Aaron Pressman Board Room. For hearing schedules, please visit the website for the respective board:

With a 24-hour focus on Baltimore, TV25 presents viewers with access to information about services, events, leaders, and opportunities in neighborhoods across the city. TV25 reaches the approximately 115,000 Baltimore households that subscribe to cable television—or 48 percent of all Baltimore households. Capital funding is provided through a subscriber fee that is part of Baltimore’s existing cable franchise agreement. For more information about TV25, visit http://www.tv25baltimore.com.

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