The Albany City Council was scheduled to make its live television debut on Comcast Channel 28 Wednesday evening, but the city’s videorecording equipment failed.
The equipment, which also records and streams video of council meetings live on the city website, www.cityofalbany.net, was working Tuesday afternoon, according to Marilyn Smith, city spokeswoman. When the equipment operator did a final pre-meeting equipment test Wednesday afternoon, the power supply failed and could not be restarted.
The meeting was recorded on audiotape instead.
The city hopes to have the problem fixed by the next council meeting on Wednesday, February 13. It should be simultaneously broadcast on Ch. 28 and streamed live on the web as planned.
The city took over programming of Ch. 28 about 10 days ago but has not done any live broadcasts — yet. The public channel is provided to the city as part of its franchise agreement with Comcast.
For the Democrat-Herald