FLORENCE – Francis Marion University is expanding the use and service offerings of its government access channel.
Various taped FMU programs air through Time Warner Channel 11, and include student-produced news and sports shows. For the first time ever, special events held on the campus of FMU will broadcast live.
Infrastructure for the channel is located on the FMU campus and is shared with all subdivisions of government and state-supported educational institutions located in the Time Warner Cable Service area in Florence and Darlington counties. The channel offers educational and governmental programming to the residents of Florence, Darlington, Pamplico, Quinby, Timmonsville and outlying areas.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce this new initiative,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “We hope that this service meets the needs of students and community members who cannot attend special events held on campus.”
With events like the United Nations Symposium featuring U.S. Ambassadors John R. Bolton, David H. Wilkins and Andrew J. Young and as U.S. presidential candidates visit the campus, university officials toiled to find a way to reach out to more viewers in a timely manner. After much collaboration, it was determined that expansion of services and use of Channel 11 was the way to accomplish this feat.
The university purchased a fiber optic transmitter, which allows for live broadcast from buildings on campus.
“To broadcast events, the university will use its on-campus fiber-optic system to get the signal from the studio to other buildings,” said Brad Wofford, director of the FMU media center. “Because every building on campus is linked to the university’s fiber-optic network, there are interesting opportunities for live cablecasts in the future.”
Those opportunities include the live broadcast of commencement exercises. For the first time in FMU history, graduation will be accessible via Channel 11. While in previous years, commencement exercises were taped and broadcast on the cable access channel, FMU will broadcast the ceremony live this December.
FMU Chief Information Officer John Dixon said there might be further expansion of broadcast services at the university in the near future.
“Our role is to support this endeavor by ensuring technology is in place to deliver the message,” Dixon said. “We will continue to look at ways to enhance the quality of our broadcasting services, which will in turn open the door to many interesting possibilities and collaborations between the university, Time Warner and the community.”
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