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A primer on Colorado Public Television

Dear Editor:

I’m writing in response to the article, “Aspen’s GrassRoots TV remains on Channel 12” (Nov. 30, 2010, The Aspen Times), and earlier stories. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Colorado Public Television, CPT12, to your readers and to point out some additional relevant information.

First the introduction … Colorado Public Television is delighted to be joining the vibrant and engaged communities of the Roaring Fork Valley and others across the Western Slope. CPT12 (long known as KBDI-TV/12) has a 30-year history of commitment to community and Colorado service, and we are proud now to be able to share more widely our array of award-winning, locally produced public affairs programming and independent productions infused with quality PBS and other national and international public television shows.

The current CPT12 services include three diverse program streams and a vigorous website, and the three streams will be available beginning Jan. 4 on Comcast cable in Pitkin County:

CPT12.1 – our flagship signal with a strong mix of local, national and international programming, including news and public affairs, PBS’ children’s and prime-time selections, arts, cooking, documentaries, films and our very own lens on Colorado issues. It will be found on Channel 10. in Aspen and Basalt and Channel 12 in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

CPT12.2 – the best of independently produced documentaries, music, travel, exercise, cooking, public affairs, PBS Kids and more; to be on Channel 251.

CPT12.3 MHz Worldview – a showcase of global programs in English and overnight programs in Spanish from many countries on five continents, offering diverse views to a globally minded audience. Programs include international news and public affairs, sports, family, cooking, drama and documentaries, Channel 252.

CPT12.org – a highly useful and increasingly interactive resource providing, in addition to the usual information about schedules and events, on-demand access to all CPT12 local programming, a growing archive of national PBS and international shows and viewer commentary.

Some of these services are already available in Aspen and the valley. CPT12.1 is on Channel 40.2 on the Pitkin County broadcast translator system, and it is carried by Dish Network; CPT12.1 and 12.3 are also carried on DIRECTV.

So, the important news is that while some of our services are already available in Pitkin County, Comcast digital-tier subscribers soon will be able to view all three of our program streams.

As we assume our new channel positions on the Comcast systems, we want to become a good neighbor to the entire community. It’s important, therefore, to underscore that CPT12 never filed for “must-carry” status from the FCC with respect to Aspen or any other mountain community. Naturally we asked for the channel 12 spot wherever feasible in all the new communities we’re serving, simply for brand consistency and because the vast majority of Comcast subscribers statewide can find us there. But we were not “the heavy” in this matter and certainly had no intention of causing difficulties for GrassRoots TV or any other community media.

Thank you for allowing me to introduce what we consider to be a terrific new community service in the Roaring Fork Valley. We certainly hope that the alternative public television we are offering increasingly throughout Colorado will be of interest to all your readers, on whatever platform they find us.

Willard D. “Wick” Rowland Jr.

president and CEO, Colorado Public Television

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