of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of
of Cable Television
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
CONTACT: Kenneth Borden 202.671.0057,
and DC Office of Cable Television Cut Ribbon on New Brentwood Broadcast
- Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined DC Councilmembers, DC Office
of Cable Television (OCT) Executive Director Eric E. Richardson
and Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian Hanlon for
a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of OCT's relocation. The new
facility is known as the Brentwood Broadcast Center and will function
as the agency's headquarters and operation center for the District's
educational and governmental television stations - District of Columbia
Network (DCN), District Council Channel (DCC) and District Knowledge
"I have worked in close partnership
with Director Richardson and his outstanding team since I was Chairman
of the Council of the District of Columbia. OCT has grown over the
years and was at the point where it needed a permanent space to
build the necessary technology structure," said Mayor Gray.
"This facility exemplifies the District's ongoing commitment
to enhancing the quality of public, education and government programming."
Located in Ward 5, the new headquarters is
a 30,525-square-foot, LEED certified, fully modernized, digital
facility equipped with two television production studios; high definition
technology; eight editing suites; administrative offices and a community
"The new facility will play a vital part
in increasing our efforts to emphasize and cultivate our reputation
as the District's award-winning, go-to source for government, education
and lifestyle programming," said OCT Executive Director Eric
E. Richardson. "The residents will continue to have OCT as
a cable regulator and reliable content partner for years to come."
The production facility, formerly a vacant
studio owned by Black Entertainment Television (BET), was purchased
by the District government from BET in 2010 and is now a District
government owned property. The facility's design and renovation
process was implemented by the District of Columbia's Department
of General Services (DGS).
"The Department of General Services was
pleased to be a partner on this project, as we were able to transform
an old building into a vibrant facility that plays a critical part
in the transformation in how residents view and engage their government,"
said Brian J. Hanlon, DGS Director.
The Brentwood Broadcast Center is located
at 1899 9th Street NE.
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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 DCC, 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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