Insufficient funds keep ‘Colorado Channel’ off the air

Coloradans wowed by the scintillating debate and epic confrontations on the state House floor during the 2008 session will have to wait at least one more year for the Senate chamber to be televised.

“The throngs and masses of people dying to watch the Senate’s deliberations are going to have to wait another year,” said Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction.

Penry, who sits on the managing board for the “Colorado Channel,” said insufficient fundraising will leave Capitol watchers without the equivalent of C-SPAN 2.

The fundraising efforts of outgoing Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, allowed the “Colorado Channel” to debut last year on Comcast Digital Cable and online, at http://www.coloradochannel.net.

When Romanoff told his peers in late 2007 that the House channel would go online in 2008, he said the Senate needed $130,000 to go online.

Since then, the Senate has been wired to transmit video but has not gone online, Penry said.

Incoming Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, said TV for the House will continue this year.

Senate President Peter Groff, D-Denver, could not be reached for comment last week.


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