Truckee cable to broadcast new access channel |

Truckee cable to broadcast new access channel

Sun staff report

By the start of next year, Truckee residents will be able to watch Nevada County government meetings on a new public access cable channel.

On Dec. 19, Suddenlink cable will shift CNN Headline News from Channel 24 to Channel 69, making Channel 24 available for the new government access channel.

The new channel will begin operations by the first of the year, thanks to an agreement between Channel 6 community channel and Nevada County TeleVision (NCTV), which is based in Grass Valley.

“We’re putting the last components in place to make this work,” said Jason Oelkers of Suddenlink.

The partnership will enable residents in Truckee, Colfax, Lake of the Pines and Alta Sierra to watch NCTV and a new government channel Comcast is planning for its Grass Valley customers.

The change was prompted by an increase in programming on Channel 6, and will allow the community-access channel to pick up NCTV broadcasts as well as those of a new government access channel in Grass Valley.

“Channel 6 has done a great job of putting new shows on the air,” Oelkers said. “They requested an additional channel to handle the programs.”

The addition of a second government-access channel will help Nevada County residents gain a sense of community, said Lew Sitzer, director of NCTV.