Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gavel to Gavel History

Gavel to Gavel Alaska is produced by KTOO-TV in Juneau, and started on the first day of the legislative session, January 19th. Cameras in the state capitol televise unedited, start-to-finish coverage of House and Senate floor sessions, key committee hearings, news conferences and other state government activity. The television service, which began in 1994, is broadcast over the air in Anchorage and Juneau, and is carried by cable systems statewide and streamed live on the Internet. Live Legislative coverage is scheduled from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each weekday, with expanded coverage when legislative activity warrants. The City and Borough of Juneau has once again provided a major grant to support the coverage. GCI Cable carries Gavel to Gavel Alaska in every GCI cable market in Alaska. Alaska Communications Systems provides the Internet service.

Gavel to Gavel Alaska began as a two-week demonstration project during the First Session of the Nineteenth Alaska Legislature in 1995. The next year, the legislature allowed full-time coverage and honored Gavel to Gavel Alaska with a Legislative Citation. We began full-time coverage our tenth Regular Legislative Session in January 2005, and the Governor marked our tenth anniversary with an Executive Proclamation.

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