June 13(b), 2008

Legislative Assembly Television Network

(YELLOWKNIFE) June 13, 2008 – The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories has successfully concluded testing its ‘made in the North’ television-broadcasting network this month. Speaker Paul Delorey says, “The system is operational and we are receiving positive feedback from community residents. People are excited to be able to watch the House proceedings live or catch the rebroadcast later the same day.” 

The broadcasting network called, Legislative Assembly Television (LATV), is a public service operated by the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Speaker Delorey says, “The technology we’re using allows the Assembly to broadcast a live television signal into the communities, simultaneously record the program, and then play it back later the same day according to a community-based schedule.” 

The system uses a c-band satellite uplink installed at the Legislative Assembly building to transmit information directly into community-based receiver/decoders installed in 24 communities. Speaker Delorey says, “We put a great deal of consideration into how to best accommodate the demand for greater access to the debates in the Assembly. LATV is the answer; it’s a public service that connects Northerners to the legislature with the click of a button.” 

“One of the elegant features of this technology is its ability to simultaneously record the proceedings in four languages and then play back one or all of the languages to specific communities. We are testing two audio tracks during this sitting of the Assembly, one for the floor language and one for an official language of the NWT. We anticipate the regional language components to be fully operational later this year. In all, the network will provide Northerners with maximum flexibility on a community-by-community basis,” says Speaker Delorey. 

The Legislative Assembly Television network will be available in all 33 communities in 2008. Coverage of the Legislative Assembly will continue to be provided weeknights from 7-9 pm on CKLB radio and through live webcast on the Assembly’s Internet website at www.assembly.gov.nt.ca. Visit the Assembly’s website to view a list of community channels. 

The Legislative Assemblies of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are the only legislatures in Canada to broadcast its proceedings in more than two languages. 

For more information call: 

Paul Delorey, Speaker 
Legislative Assembly of NWT 
P: 867-669-2234 or 1-800-661-0784 
E: paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca  
 
Tim Mercer, Clerk 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2299 or 1-800-661-0784 
E: tim_mercer@gov.nt.ca