The FLORIDA Channel—located in the state Capitol building—is a public affairs programming service funded by the Florida Legislature and produced and operated by WFSU-TV. It features programming covering all three branches of state government, and is Florida’s primary source for live, unedited coverage of the governor and Cabinet, the Legislature and the Supreme Court.
The FLORIDA Channel began broadcasting in 1996 with statewide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the legislative session. Then housed at the Public Broadcast Center in Tallahassee, it was the only source of live, unedited legislative coverage in Florida.
Today, The FLORIDA Channel produces more than 1,600 hours of original programming that can be seen on PBS multicast channels, cable systems and public, education and government access channels across the state. Those programs can also be seen on the website and they include “Capitol Update,” a public affairs program that airs nightly when the Florida Legislature is in session; “Florida Face to Face,” an interview program where state leaders and policymakers talk about the issues that effect Floridians; “Florida Crossroads,” a documentary series that looks at the people, places and events shaping Florida; “Budget Talks 2011-12,” the website has video of press conferences, interviews and events that follow the budgetary process from beginning to end; and a special section called “Gulf Oil Spill Coverage” which provides briefings, reports and full length stories about the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
For making Florida’s state government both accessible and interesting, the FLORIDA Channel is Government Video’s Website of the Week.