UNC-TV to launch public affairs program

Press Release


UNC-TV launched a bold experiment – to produce a nightly Monday-through-Friday public affairs program that would cover the important issues and people throughout the state of North Carolina in the depth for which public television is known. A small cadre of staff members set out to cover a large and diverse state with limited resources, but armed with a vision. Now, 20 years later, North Carolina Now remains UNC-TV’s flagship program.

To celebrate this milestone, UNC-TV has assigned veteran producer Bobby Dobbs to create a weekly series that will mine the North Carolina Now archives to highlight the reports and interviews that reveal the history of the past two decades as it unfolded year by year. While the on-screen graphics and hairstyles may have changed over the past 20 years, North Carolina Now’s determination to cover the state from the mountains to the coast and bring its most important stories home to you is as fresh and timely as it was from the day it went on the air.

North Carolina Then and Now will premiere on Thursday, January 16 at 9:30 p.m., with current plans to continue as a regular weekly series for 20 weeks — one episode for each year the series has existed. UNC-TV Director of Production Shannon Vickery announced plans for the new series, saying, “We hope that UNC-TV viewers will enjoy this retrospective look at the important people and events that shaped our state’s history over the past two decades.”

UNC-TV provides people of all ages with enriching, life-changing television through its distinctive array of programs and services, including four digital channels: flagship UNC-TV; UNC-EX The Explorer Channel; UNC-KD The Kids Channel; and UNC-MX The Eclectic Mix Channel (available on digital cable only). UNC-TV’s 12 stations comprise North Carolina’s only statewide television network, made possible through a unique partnership of public investment and private support. UNC-TV is committed to producing, broadcasting and sharing content for and about North Carolina, making it the state’s most important source of information about North Carolina. For more information, visit unctv.org and join the conversation by liking us at facebook.com/unctv and following us on Twitter @UNCTV!


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