COLUMBIA — Columbia’s government access channel, usually found on Mediacom Channel 13, is temporarily off the air, said Toni Messina, Public Communications director for the city. Repairs are expected to restore the channel by Wednesday evening.
The outage is due to a cable that was accidentally cut Tuesday during excavation for the new City Hall addition at Eighth Street and Broadway. Anyone who subscribes to Mediacom for cable TV service within Columbia city limits will be affected by the outage. The broadcasts on Charter Communications Channel 2 should not be affected.
Messina asked residents to contact her if their cable channel is not back on by Thursday.
The outage is affecting rebroadcasts of City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment meetings, as well as video program segments, community event announcements, job listings and other programing normally carried on the channel.
A DVD will be made of live broadcasts of meetings and sent to Mediacom to air when the cable is fixed. Some segments, such as “Conservation Tips,” “Leisure Times,” “City Scope” and “Here’s to Your Health,” may be viewed online here.