Alabama Public Television has brought back Capitol Journal, its news and public-affairs program. APT shut down the program in July when it closed its Montgomery studio and laid off more than a dozen people. The revived program will have a smaller staff working from APT’s studio at the State House in Montgomery. APT public information director Mike McKenzie had this to say:
We always intended to bring it back, we just had to find a different way to put the program on the air, given the resources that were available to us, sharing the news of the state and what’s happening at the Legislature.
Hosts for the new Capitol Journal will be Don Dailey, who for 21 years was news director and morning news anchor at WZZK-FM in Birmingham, and Olivia Stacey, a former anchor for public television station WUFT in Gainesville, Fla. Erica Lembo, an APT reporter based in Birmingham, will report on education issues in the Legislature. Two reporters from public radio station WVAS-FM in Montgomery, Karen Brown and Marcus Hyles, also will cover the Legislature for Capitol Journal as well as WVAS.
APT will also air hour-long Capitol Journal programs about issues and news each Friday, starting at 8 p.m. The shows will feature interviews of newsmakers and panel discussions by guest journalists. During the Legislature’s regular session, APT also plans to air 30-minute shows about the session on Monday through Thursday nights, starting at 10:30 p.m. The first of those programs is scheduled for February 6th. The 10:30 p.m. programs will stop after the legislative session ends, but the Friday shows will continue. The legislative session by law must end by May 21st.
I really enjoyed the news programming on APT and missed Capitol Journal when it left the air. I hope the show will now be available to Alabamians on a permanent basis. Public Television provides a service to the people of Alabama and it should be supported.
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