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At a reception Friday March 14 in the rotunda of Houston City Hall, Mayor Annise Parker read a proclamation and HTV director Dwight Williams held a ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurating the new headquarters of HTV. The studio is on the first floor of City Hall in the office formerly occupied by the Mayor's Office of Special Events.

Mayor Parker stated, “HTV has demonstrated excellence in governmental programming and acts as an invaluable communication medicum in the City of Houston. The new location offers an opportunity to house the entire HTV facility and administrative offices, including two studios, edit and graphic suites, two production and control rooms and audio and green rooms.”

Following the ribbon cutting at the entrance to the new studio, Mr. Williams welcomed guests to a brief tour and a catered reception in the main studio. He presented awards to producers of some of the most noteworthy programs, including:

HTV began in 1986 as The Municipal Channel. It broadcasts meetings of City Council, Committee meetings, agendas and other official events. In addition, it offers programs such as Focus on Abilities, highlighting successful achievements of people with disabilities, Insights to Opporntunity, Latina Voices, Mobility Now, and Mobility Now en Espanol.

The station has changed locations several times. Most recently, it was in a basement studio at the downtown campus of Houston Community College. While the space was functional, it did not facilitate community participation. The new location in City Hall is closer to its central function and more easily accessible to the public.

The Municipal Channel was renamed HTV in 2007. Its revenue is funded in part from the Public , Education and Government (PEG) state franchise agreement with cable providers established under the Cable Communications Act of 1984. In addition, HTV fosters public/private sponsorships to enhance programming of community interest.


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