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Kenner's public access channel to be upgraded

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KENNER, La. (AP) - The city's public access channel is hoping to upgrade equipment to improve efficiency and allow for continuation of 24-hour programming. 

The Advocate reports the work will cost about $30,000.

Officials say Kenner TV needs new cameras, servers and monitors used mostly for broadcasts of city meetings and community programs. 

Valerie Waguespack, the city's director of information and technology, said the city has found $22,000 in savings on a telephone system upgrade that will help pay for the TV work. 

Waguespack said KTV's equipment has become unreliable. Some, she said, was damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

KTV's two employees are kept busy trying to keep it functioning, she said. 

"We've come to the point where we think the cost to maintain is more than it's worth," Waguespack said. "Upgraded equipment is something they can really benefit from." 

KTV could use a new camera that would make downloading video easier. New monitors would help with editing and creating video programs. And, the most important aspect is the new server that would allow the station to operate on a continuous basis, Waguespack said.

The existing server allows automation at the station, which means programs can continue even when employees leave.

However, the server is on the verge of collapse, Waguespack said. Without a new server, it's only a matter of time before the station has to cut back on its offerings, she said.

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