June 12, 2018
Public affairs network making stops in Juneau, Haines, Fairbanks and Anchorage
WASHINGTON — C-SPAN, the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs network, in coordination with GCI, is heading to Alaska June 18-27, the network's first extended visit to the state in 22 years, as part of the network's 14-month 50 Capitals Tour. The two companies are working together to bring the 45-foot C-SPAN Bus to Juneau, Haines, Fairbanks and Anchorage, where, in addition to hosting community events, C-SPAN will produce public affairs programming, including segments for its ongoing C-SPAN Cities Tour. That programming, showcasing a variety of Alaska venues, public officials, non-fiction authors and local historians, will be featured on all three C-SPAN networks during the July 21-22 weekend.
Moving the C-SPAN Bus around Alaska requires a great deal of logistical planning. C-SPAN will ship its motor coach by boat from Bellingham, Washington, on June 15, arriving in Juneau on June 18. Following events in Juneau, the Bus will depart by boat for Haines and will travel overland through Canada, Fairbanks and then Anchorage before its June 28 return voyage to Tacoma, Washington.
"We are excited to have this extended opportunity to introduce more Alaskans to C-SPAN programming, particularly young Alaskans, and to create content that will introduce our viewers around the rest of the country to some of Alaska's rich political, historical and literary culture," said C-SPAN co-CEO Susan Swain. "Our thanks to GCI for their longtime support of C-SPAN's public service mission and for hosting us throughout our visit to our nation's largest state."
Paul Landes, GCI senior vice president of Consumer Services, said, “It’s great to partner with C-SPAN so they can experience our state’s unique culture and ways of life and tell authentic Alaska stories to audiences across the nation whose only exposure to Alaska comes through reality TV shows. GCI is excited to continue its support of C-SPAN and its informative, mission-driven work.”
The C-SPAN Bus, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, embarked on the 50 Capitals Tour in September 2017 to engage students, community members and elected officials in every state — through on-board interactive tablets and stations and by talking with residents about issues important to them for C-SPAN's social media campaign, Voices from the States. The C-SPAN Bus visit to the state Capitol in Juneau is the 38th capital city visit along the tour.
In Alaska, C-SPAN programming is provided by GCI as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 16; C-SPAN2, featuring Book TV, on channel 17 and on the web at C-SPAN.org. All funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus and Cities Tour visits, are provided by cable and satellite television providers.
Created by the cable TV industry and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‐SPAN programs three commercial-free public affairs television networks; C‐SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an App; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming.
GCI provides data, wireless, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at www.gciliberty.com.
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