Uniting People & Government through the Power of Television
Television Montana (TVMT) is a public affairs television service established by the Montana legislature in 2001. This unique public-private partnership combines state government resources with private sector contributions and the television production services of Helena Civic Television. TVMT is Television by the People, for the People, and Made in Montana.
The purpose of TVMT is to provide Montana citizens with unfiltered access to public policy deliberations through gavel-to-gavel coverage of the legislative process and the proceedings of the executive and judicial branches of government. HCTV is under contract to cover Legislative Sessions and Interim committees, and to work toward statewide delivery of TVMT programming on cable television and by other means, such as the Internet.
The Next Phase
HCTV has covered each Legislative Session (and Special Session) for the past decade. In the 2011 Session, TVMT programming reached 55 communities on cable and was also featured as a Montana PBS digital broadcast in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Missoula, and Great Falls. In the coming year or two, this over-the-air signal will also be available in Kalispell and Helena. TVMT is now accessible to over 90 percent of the state’s population on television. In addition, Legislative Services Division personnel video-stream a portion of our productions to the Internet so that citizens with high-speed connections can tune in to TVMT on their computers at home, at work, or in the field.
TVMT is designed to be a public affairs network. In addition to state government proceedings, we also feature other programs of statewide interest, including presentations by renowned scholar Clay Jenkinson, the Great Decisions series produced by the Foreign Policy Association, conversations with foreign visitors under the auspices of the Montana Center for International Visitors, and imported seasonal coverage of the Alberta Legislative Assembly. There’s more to come on this non-partisan, non-commercial service for the citizens of Montana.
Coming to HCTV/TVMT in OCTOBER!
Global Positioning is a twice-monthly conversational interview program about Montanans’ connections with the world at large. This series will involve discussions about jobs and investment, public policies, foreign cultures, and military and civilian engagements abroad. Global Positioning will also feature members of foreign delegations from all over the world under the auspices of the Montana Center for International Visitors.
Every episode of Global Positioning is telecast several times: the first and third Sunday mornings each month at 10:30 AM on Montana PBS; the second and fourth Sunday morning at 10:30 AM on KTVH/Beartooth NBC; every Friday evening at 9:30 PM on TVMT, and every Tuesday at 7 PM on HCTV.
Funding for Global Positioning has been provided by the Greater Montana Foundation, the BNSF Foundation, the Montana League of Cities and Towns, the Montana League of Women Voters, the Fanwood Foundation, and HCTV. Additional grant applications are pending.
You can help underwrite this series by making a tax deductible contribution to Helena Civic Television or by clicking the DONATE button to use your credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Global Positioning!
Host Stephen Maly will post brief notes about guests, issues, and questions raised by conversations on Global Positioning.
Viewers’ comments welcome. Send an e-mail message to Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.