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Thursday, August 23, 2012

CONTACT: Kenneth Borden 202.671.0057, Kenneth.Borden@dc.gov

Office of Cable Television Rebrands TV-16 As District Of Columbia Network (DCN)


(WASHINGTON, DC) - The DC Office of Cable Television (OCT) announced today plans to refresh TV-16's programming and brand by embracing a new name and bold new look that appeals to residents who seek government, public affairs and lifestyle programming. Building on 27 years of government programming and strong audience growth, TV-16 is evolving into the District of Columbia Network (DCN).

"The District of Columbia is vibrant and thriving, and that is reflected in DCN's bold new look, feel, and content," said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "The rebrand of the channel was a collaborative process involving feedback from District residents, government and education programming experts, and the OCT team. Together, we created a product that is informative, educational and entertaining."

Formally known as TV-16, the District of Columbia Network (DCN) will provide visual content regarding the many programs, services, and opportunities made available by the District of Columbia government. DCN will supply its viewers with an all access pass to the District government by presenting Mayoral press conferences, agency policy statements, and current discussions around the Washington region. The channel will also explore history, education, entertainment and arts and culture in the nation's capital.

The new DCN logo is a strong, classic red circle with the word "DCN" accented on a clean white background. The logo was retooled to fit more effectively in multi-platform campaigns like holidays, current events, and special occasions in the District. The channel rebrand will go into effect on-air and online on September 5 with all-new productions including The Sound, The District Dish, and The Kalb Report. New programs focused on public affairs and current events will also premiere, including Uptown/Downtown, a new series featuring positive stories about people, communities and businesses in the District that are the life blood of our city; yet they often flourish without recognition behind the headlines. Additionally, DCN's tagline will be "All DC. All The Time."

"This rebrand positions DCN as the destination for all things Washington and will enhance our ability to be a trusted resource for residents, the business community, and tourists," said OCT Director Eric E. Richardson.

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The DC Office of Cable Television (OCT) is the District Government Agency responsible for regulating cable television in the District, as well as the administration of the District's Government Access Channels TV-13, DCN and the District's Education Access Channel DKN. OCT creates content that informs, educates and entertains viewers via the District of Columbia's public, educational and government (PEG) channels and other forms of content outlets. The award winning content provides resourceful information on government activity, education, current events, history and arts and entertainment. Through its three cable television channels, OCT provides public access to the governmental process, and insights into life in the District.

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