NET News Presents Legislative Coverage on Television, Radio, Web and Mobile Devices

News Release Date: 
December 19, 2013
Holiday Shutdown: Because NET Television (NET1, NET2 World, NET3 Create and NET-HD) operates on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln schedule, a general office shutdown will begin Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Staff returns on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

For Immediate Release

NET News Presents Legislative Coverage on Television, Radio, Web and Mobile Devices

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 19, 2013) -- Debate and decisions by Nebraska’s 49 state senators during the upcoming 60-day legislative session will be the focus of comprehensive, multiplatform coverage on NET Television, NET Radio and on the Web at netNebraska.org/news.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, and each day the legislature is in session, Nebraskans can see gavel-to-gavel coverage on NET Television’s NET2 World. When the Legislature is not in session, NET2 World will broadcast regularly scheduled programming, including other news, public affairs, history and science programs. NET Radio listeners can hear legislative highlights of each weekday session at 5:30 p.m. CT during “All Things Considered,” as well as at 7:06 a.m. CT during “Morning Edition.”

NET News offers additional coverage of the Nebraska Legislature on “Capitol Conversations,” a weekly web interview series hosted by legislative reporter Fred Knapp. The series, which is another component of NET’s multiplatform approach to legislative coverage, begins Thursday, Jan. 9. The series can be found online at netNebraska.org/news, by visiting the NET News Facebook page or by following NET News on Twitter.

The 10-minute interview segments on “Capitol Conversations” are issue-oriented and focus on one policymaker, state senator or other person whose decisions or viewpoints affect Nebraskans. Each interview is designed to provide information about the guests’ views and opinions on a variety of issues and a closer look at what has shaped their political thinking. New “Capitol Conversations” interviews will generally be available each Thursday through the end of the legislative session.

In 2013, nearly 5.4 million minutes of state government proceedings were streamed from the NET website. Legislative content is available on mobile devices via the Nebraska Capitol Live Mobile App. The app provides instant access to Unicameral action including discussions, votes and hearing rooms. In addition to the Legislature, video from the Nebraska Supreme Court, Appellate Court, the Governor’s Hearing Room and the Nebraska Department of Education are all available.

The recently released NET Nebraska App for iPhone, iPad and Android devices also provides Nebraskans fast access to live and on-demand television, radio and digital content. The app organizes NET content into six sections: live, news, sports, arts and humanities, science and series.  All sections are easily accessed as featured images rotate to display choices. Legislative coverage will be located in the news section.

NET Television’s coverage of legislative issues began in the mid-1950s with the interview series “Your Unicameral,” followed by occasional live and videotaped coverage of specific legislative activities beginning in 1967. Live gavel-to-gavel coverage began in 1980.

NET2 World is part of NET Television. NET Television, NET Radio and the NET website are services of NET. For more information about NET programming, visit netNebraska.org.

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NET News contact: Fred Knapp, 402-472-9333, ext. 470, or e-mail at fknapp@netNebraska.org

Release written by: Kim Rogers, 402-472-9333, ext. 512, or e-mail krogers@netNebraska.org

NET Television:

NET1 is Nebraska's first public television broadcast service and includes PBS and award-winning, locally produced public television programming. NET2 World offers live coverage of the Nebraska Unicameral, and other news and public affairs programming; and NET3 Create is a 24-hour channel featuring the most popular how-to, travel and lifestyle series.

NET Radio:

Broadcasts on the following frequencies: Alliance/91.1 FM; Bassett/90.3 FM; Chadron/91.9 FM; Columbus/90.3 FM; Culbertson/92.7 FM; Falls City/88.9 FM; Harrison/89.5 FM; Hastings/Grand Island/89.1 FM; Lexington/88.7 FM; Lincoln/91.1 FM; Max/93.3 FM; Merriman/91.5 FM; Norfolk/89.3 FM; and North Platte/91.7 FM.