Nov. 16, 2004

Students worked with the administration for it, and now they can have it.  This fall, thanks to the efforts of Bucknell Student Government (BSG) and the university's division of student affairs, digital cable has been made available to students on campus with the launch of BU TV. 

The service is known as Bucknell Television or BU TV. Offering 57 commercial television channels and 7 channels designated for international programming, the service is accessible to students in all residence hall rooms.

"The creation of BU TV would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Bucknell administration, RHA [the Residence Hall Association] and BSG," said John Siwicki, BSG president. "Overall, students have been satisfied with their newfound cable option, utilizing the resource for everything from political coverage in this year's election to simply, an additional source of entertainment."

Special attention was paid during the selection of channels to achieve a line-up consistent with both the educational and the entertainment values of campus. BU TV includes channels for commercial television programming, news and information, educational programming, sports, movies, music, special interest programming, and five channels of international content.

Among the reasons for implementing the system are improving the climate in residence halls, providing better access to national and international news, and gaining better access to educational programming.

For more information on BU TV, go to http://www.isr.bucknell.edu/Telecommunications_and_TV/BU_TV.html.

­— Stephanie Malenich `05, Lindsay Hitz '08.

Stephanie Malenich is an intern for Bucknell World, the university's alumni publication. Lindsay Hitz is a presidential fellow in Bucknell's communications office.

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