Board watchers who tried to tune in to the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board meeting on Comcast’s channel 19 Tuesday night might have thought they tuned in on the wrong night.
Scheduled to begin the board telecast live at 7 p.m., the channel never varied from its pop-up notices and elevator music. And a notice to tune in on Wednesday night for a replay turned out to be incorrect, as the screen was dark at that time.
A spokesman for Evanston Cable Television told Evanston Now that the problem was an equipment failure at District 65 and that the local TV outlet never received a signal Tuesday night from district headquarters at 1500 McDaniel Ave., where the meeting was being held.
Melissa Messinger, the district’s communications coordinator, blamed “technical difficulties…that we are currently working to resolve.”
The nonprofit ECTV has relied on both the city and District 65 for a major share of its funding, but both organizations threatened recently to pull the plug on their arrangement to pay for broadcasts of city council and school board meetings.
The city, however, is still talking with ECTV about financial support and District 65 spokesperson Messinger said “we are still partnering with ECTV to broadcast our board and finance committee meetings, and going forward the meetings will continue to be broadcast on cable and available via internet stream.”