TCT hands local channel over to schools

by karla pomeroy

A few months ago the Big Horn County commissioners stopped TCT’s live telecast of the commissioner meetings due to an error in which an executive session was taped.

Starting this month community events and meetings previously televised by TCT on the local public access channels will no longer be broadcast, unless local school districts want to provide the services.

TCT Customer Care Manager Jared Jarrett said, “We are making some changes to our local channels but they are not going away. After reevaluating the decision from the Wyoming High School Activities Association about giving broadcasting rights to National Federation of State High School Association last year, TCT decided it was a good time to let the local schools take control over their own broadcast channel.

“Each local school will have access to their own channel and will be able to manage their own content.  This won’t be new for many schools as most of them have been managing their own channels in the past.

“TCT plans to offer technical support to the schools to help keep the channels running.”

This change affects the local channels for Basin, Greybull, Lovell, Burlington, Rocky Mountain, Ten Sleep and Meeteetse. Jarrett said, “Northwest College has been operating on their own for many years now so there will be no changes there. Cody and Powell will continue to run with TCT assistance until the schools get to the point where they can be self operational.”

Jarrett said with schools taking over the content TCT will no longer be filming or broadcasting any more town council or community events.

“This change went into effect approximately two weeks ago and that is when we started notifying the schools. The last of the letters addressing the change to the towns who had their town council events filmed in the past will go out today (Tuesday),” Jarrett said.

Basin Mayor Dave Cooper said, “I’m sorry to hear that they no longer will be televising. A lot of residents don’t come to the meetings. This was a good way for them to keep up on things.”