The Internet offers what cable TV doesn't -- even from Madison

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Posted by Bud on June 07, 2011 at 13:08:35:

Via OnMilwaukee -- By Tim Cuprisin, Media Columnist
Published June 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

With the change of administration in Madison, which led to a political upheaval in the state capital that has now found its way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, there's been a noticeable increase in public interest in state government news.

One place to feed that interest is Wisconsin Eye, the state public affairs TV outlet that's a Dairyland version of C-SPAN. A prime example came Monday, when Wisconsin Eye offered live coverage of the Wisconsin Supreme Court session looking into the legality of the governor's collective bargaining law.

If you're a Charter Cable subscriber, you could have watched it on Channel 995. But if you subscribe to southeast Wisconsin's cable giant, Time Warner Cable, you were out of luck.

I'm not going to rip Time Warner for its business decision. It would be nice and help with the company's image, but it's decided not to carry the channel. Wisconsin Eye has its own campaign to let Time Warner know that you want the channel. You can find the information here.

But these days, you don't have to whine as much about what you can't see on cable. You can watch the same thing on Wisconsin Eye's website.

OK, it's a scandal: Last week, I wrote that the Anthony Weiner business wasn't a scandal. I came to that conclusion based on the information that I knew to be true last week.

At this rate, he's in line to co-host the 7 p.m. hour on CNN with equally disgraced Eliot Spitzer.

On TV: It's official, Katie Couric is moving to ABC, which will syndicate her daytime talk show starting in September 2012. In the meantime, she'll be contributing to other ABC news shows. Her show has already been scheduled on ABC owned-and-operated stations, in the time slot now held by "General Hospital," raising doubts about the long-term future of another soap.

•"Bloomberg Game Changers" on the Bloomberg Channel, looks at the controversial Koch brothers at 8 tonight. That's Channel 356 on Time Warner Cable.

•Marv Albert is joining CBS for NFL games. Gus Johnson is leaving for Fox.

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