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Frontier Community Access Television offers new station with local programs

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Frontier Community Access Television is changing the way it delivers information to southern Franklin County viewers.

In October, the local public access service will offer a new station, FCAT-12. The station, accessed on Channel 12 in Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland and Conway, will provide locally produced music concerts, government meetings, educational programs and entertainment.

The FCAT staff redesigned the Channel 12 schedule to place greater emphasis on locally produced shows and expand programs to include those produced outside the area in Greenfield and Northampton. Channel 12 will have a specific schedule for programs.

In the past, FCAT divided its programs between channels 12 and 23. The plan is now to bring locally produced programs back to one station. FCAT provides three channels — 12, 15 and 23 — available on Comcast cable television in the four towns.

“It’s a jump forward for us,” said Douglas Finn, a general manager of FCAT. “We’re trying to improve the product we deliver to viewers.”

FCAT Channel 15 will continue to present town-by-town calenders of local events. Like Channel 12, Channel 23 offers locally produced government meetings, but it will be automated with no specific schedule.

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