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New College Television Channel Spotlights College’s Diversity and Talent Range with Upbeat Programming

MDC TV is one of only a dozen college-affiliated television channels of its kind nationwide

MDC’s own television channel is expected to reach more than half a million households in Miami-Dade County via the cable network. The MDC TV channel is programmed by the School of Entertainment & Design Technology.

Miami, July 11, 2008 - As one of the nation’s largest institutions of higher education, Miami Dade College (MDC) recently debuted its newest component to the educational landscape: MDC TV, the college’s own television channel that is expected to reach more than half a million households in Miami-Dade County via the cable network. The MDC TV channel is programmed by the college’s renowned School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT).

“With all of the opportunities we’ve been provided with recently, there’s been a considerable upgrade in the quality of programming and the broad range of talent in producing, editing and writing by our staff,” said Barry Gordon, director of SEDT.

With the aim of showcasing its outstanding academic programs and leadership in community-wide events, the college is developing a dynamic schedule with original programming. The broadcast hours are 8 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week.  With the addition of the network’s live-streaming Web site ( and video-on-demand, MDC’s programming has the ability to span the globe. During the Florida legislative session in the spring each year, the channel will cover the key Senate, House and committee meetings round the clock.

“Once again, MDC is leading the way in higher education by acquiring the operation of its own broadcast television network,” said North Campus President Dr. José Vicente.

At a board meeting earlier this year, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved for the College to operate the county’s community access channel, Cable-TAP, as its station.  MDC TV provides students the opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a TV studio in all areas of production on a broadcast channel with a large viewing audience.  Shows are produced in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. In addition to its updated programming and expanded viewing audience, MDC TV was gifted last year with a $250,000 state-of-the-art television studio set, compliments of Univision Television, Inc.

With a studio crew comprised of industry professionals and students from SEDT, MDC is able to offer real-world training in the highly competitive field of television production. The College has its main television studio located at the North Campus with a second television studio at the Homestead Campus.

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MDC TV contact: Barry Gordon, director of the School of Entertainment & Design Technology, at 305-237-1696, or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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