Tuesday, February 7, 2017

AUTV 20 plans for increased programming in 2017

Ashland's only television station, the award-winning AUTV 20, is making large scale plans for 2017. Coming off the most productive year in the station's history, AUTV 20 is deep in the coverage of both Men's and Women's Basketball home basketball games. Featuring the on-air talents of Derek Wood, Kate Siefert and Noah Cloonan, the production expertise of producer-director John Skrada and the dedicated production work of a veteran JDM crew, the broadcast games are a main stable of station programming.

Returning to the airwaves will be long-time programs such as News Update and Sports Update. Both of these shows will have a new graphic look and expanded lengths. Also returning will be News Break and Sports Break, both of which debuted in 2016. However, AUTV 20 producers Sean Honaker, Ingrid Schmidt, Renee Borcas and Bex Hunter are increasing the amount of weekly telecasts of each show from two to three. This change will provide a fresher coverage of late breaking news, sports and weather.

The JDM 213 Professional Practice-Television class is producing three different public affairs shows for the station. Mainstreet, which is produced by five Ashland city natives who are JDM majors, will focus on issues that concern Ashland city and Ashland county. Eagle's Eye will center on areas of interest to Ashland University students, faculty, staff and administrators. AU Global, a highly successful program created by JDM alum Martina Baca, will continue to explore the wealth of experiences of AU's international students. Finally, The AUTV 20 Earth Day series will return in April and a new program that examines politics will make its debut in March.

AUTV 20 is a partnership of the department of Journalism and Digital Media, the College of Arts and Sciences and Armstrong Cable. It can be found at Channel 20 on Armstrong Cable or by clicking on the AUTV 20 tab located in the JDM page on the AU website.

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