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BCTV Cable Channel 2
Belfast -- Searsport

Belfast Community TV’s mission is to reflect and strengthen the unique spirit and character of Belfast, Maine in order to enrich the lives of residents and visitors in the Midcoast region by fostering communication, free speech, artistic expression as well as creating opportunities through television and other electronic media.

Waldo County General Hospital produces new monthly program
The Community relations department at Waldo County General Hospital had gotten so much positive response to the Midcoast Womens Health Conference programs when they aired on BCTV this past spring, that they decided community TV would be an excellent way for the hospital to reach the Waldo County citizens with wellness information. Staying Healthy is produced by Toni Mailloux of Waldo County General Hospital and hosted by Andrea Walker also of WCGH. The program can be seen Thursdays at 7 pm as well as other times throughout the week. The programs have a "magazine" format in that there are various segments within each program. The first program includes segments on "fighting flu", "healthy recipes", "exercise to stay healthy", and "dealing with grief during the holidays". Having a program dealing with health issues is a welcome addition to our local programming mix. We hope it will gain a strong local following as it continues to develop.

Live Election Night Coverage a great success
When Ethan Andrews , political reporter for "The Republican Journal, and Village Soup emailed me a few days ago wondering what we were doing for election night coverage and offering to help out, I jumped at the chance. Enlisting the support of Diane Wood at the Government channel, we decided to go live from 9pm on election night until the final results came in. I called Dave Crabiel, who I had worked with before on election night and he agreed to be the live anchor. Our live set was actually two chairs in the hallway outside the council chambers. We had a view of the action in the voting area, while not interfering with things. Ethan and I went around town getting short "field reports" which David could call upon to make a graceful transition from one guest on our "Live" set, to another. Diane switched between live camera and tapes. Jack Penny ran the live camera, and Denise Beckett agreed to be "producer". Her job was to coordinate the guests who would sit in with Dave. We actually ran our coverage on the Government access channel, but it was a whole community effort. We had lots of great guests, from the superintendent of schools, to the city manager, as well as the various candidates. We also got results as fast as could be. We had acceptance and concession interviews.And I think we had a lively and interesting production. I feel proud we pulled it off and I hope folks in town enjoyed the show.