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Double your pleasure with ATXN 1 and 2
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Jo Clifton
With the possibility of 13 City Council committees on the horizon, ATXN, the city’s TV station, is set to broadcast two meetings at once, instead of just one as it has in the past. Keith Reeves, manager of the station that many at City Hall still refer to as Channel 6, said he is ready to broadcast one meeting on TV and simultaneously broadcast that plus a second one online. So, it should be possible for viewers to watch two meetings on different screens at the same time. We don’t want to admit to being among those viewers, but we think it will be extremely handy for people who are addicted to following their government in minute detail. What about all those other meetings, such as the Planning Commission, Water and Wastewater Commission, Environmental Board and the City View Program? They will also continue to be available anytime you tune in on ATXN 1 or ATXN 2, Reeves said. “We’re not sure where they’re all going to be,” Reeves said of the committee meetings, “but the plan is that we’re going to record those like we always have.” Reeves noted that ATXN televises more meetings than any city in the country, averaging 40 to 45 meetings a month. “That’s part of the transparency that the City of Austin has always prided itself on,” Reeves said.
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