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Stanford to launch Channel 51 with Cable Co-op

STANFORD -- Coming this fall, Stanford will launch a new television venture with Cable Co-op, serving 25,000 homes in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and all university residences and academic buildings wired for cable reception.

University programming will appear on Channel 51, broadcasting a comprehensive daily calendar of university events, lectures, arts programming and sports.

John Etchemendy, associate dean for humanities and sciences and chairman of the President's Commission on Technology in Teaching and Learning, is chairing a special oversight committee developing Channel 51.

"We see this as a real opportunity to serve not only the academic community of Stanford but our neighbors in the Cable Co- op viewing area as well," he said. "The university is a rich environment of cultural and academic events that we can now better share with our friends and neighbors."

Etchemendy said that while Channel 51 is working on serving immediate community needs, the program is a one-year pilot that also will look into the larger issue of distance teaching and learning.

"We foresee a long and productive future, coupling community and academic needs and interest through television," he said.

Also included in the Channel 51 program agenda will be Stanford sports, including delayed broadcasts of football, women's basketball and volleyball.

Jan Thomson, university director of communications services, who is coordinating the daily operations of the new cable channel, said one of the major features will be "Stanford Today," a daily calendar of events.

"It will be the only place you can get daily and up-to- date information on Stanford activities," Thomson said.

The calendar will include ticket information, lecture and performing arts listings, and sports scores from Stanford games. "Our intention is serve our community both on and off campus with the most current information possible when it comes to things that are happening here," Thomson said.

Camera crews have been taping lectures, poetry readings, symposia and musical events since late March to be aired on the new channel, and will tape throughout the summer.

Executive producer for Channel 51 is Randy Bean, an award-winning producer who over the last 20 years has worked for ABC News, "MacNeil/Lehrer Report" and "Bill Moyers' Journal."

She said that Channel 51 is looking for new program opportunities and "would like to hear from our potential viewers about university and community events that they would to like see."

Senior producer is Jack D. Hubbard, associate director of the Stanford News Service. He is a former broadcast and field producer for CBS News.

The target air date for Channel 51 is late September.


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