By Lesley Parks
With the digital transition successfully on track, NPT’s second digital channel, NPT2, is available to all viewers. This knowledge-based, community resource of educational, civic, and cultural programs, series, and events, has an emphasis on local programming.
This second channel allows for distribution of even more local content than NPT channel 8 can air. Every session of the Tennessee House of Representatives is broadcasted live, and other local, station-oriented content, such as conferences and lectures from Nashville Universities and non-profits like the Frist Center for Visual Arts are broadcasted on NPT2.
NPT is unable to broadcast all of the content available to PBS stations. With NPT2, more of these shows can be distributed to the Nashville audience. Some popular PBS shows aired on NPT2 include BBC World News at 6 am and 5 pm, Charlie Rose, an interview show at 11 am, Journal , a daily news broadcast from Berlin at 3:30 pm, and Tavis Smiley, a late-night half-hour series, featuring a mix of guests from politics and the arts at 4:30 pm.
In the mornings, news and other adult programs are scheduled on NPT2 to counteract the children’s programming that airs in the morning on NPT. NPT2 also repeats primetime NPT shows in the mornings and afternoons. “This is a good reference for people to have,” said Justin Harvey, Programming Director for the station, “when people call to ask about a program that’s already aired on NPT, we can usually direct them to the repeat on NPT2.”
NPT2 is available to viewers on Comcast Digital Cable channel 241, Charter Digital Cable channel 176, or over-the-air on channel 8.2.
The complete WNPT schedule is available at http://wnpt.org/schedule.