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TV studios to move
to Durham from UNC
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By GUINEVERE ROSS
Like children who grow up and
leave home, many institutions and
businesses, after they receive
nurturing and attention, also have
to find a new place to live.
One such institution in this
position is the UNC Center for
Public Television (CPT). CPT, which
started broadcasting in 1955 and
has been in Swain Hall for 25 years,
has a new home in the Research
Triangle Park and could move
there as soon as June.
The new home of CPT, which is
much larger than the former
cafeteria of Swain Hall where it is
now located, is called the Joseph
and Kathleen Bryan Communica
tions Center. It is located on a 11 fi
acre tract off Alexander Road in
the northwestern section of
Research Triangle Park.
The Bryan center will consoli
date all UNC public television
departments for the first time,
said communications director
Diane Hatch. Currently the admin
istrative offices, engineering
departments and master control
area are all in different buildings.
For example, said Hatch, the
master control area - where
station transmission takes place
is now located in Chatham County.
The transmitter will still be in
Chatham County, but master
control will be in the Bryan Center.
The $7 million Bryan Center will
provide 60,000 square feet of
space. Hatch said the building was
constructed off campus because
officials felt a centralized location
would make the most sense.
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students to work on camera
crews, manage floor work and do
other production jobs. According
to Hatch, students will continue to
work at CPT after the move.
"We just wont have easy access
to students because we're not
going to be located on campus.
Glaxo inc. (next to the Bryan
Center) has a shuttle to Chapel Hill,
but we cant tell right now if
students will use it or their own
transportation," Hatch said.
Hatch added that it was not
clear yet whether any new posi
tions would be open for students
because the number of positions
available depended on budget
Senior Wendel Stevens, a
member of the student crew, has
been working with CPT for four
years. He said he believed student
crew members would continue to
work at CPT because of the val
uable work experience it provides
"Students and pubiic television
benefit each other," Stevens said.
"Students serve the center well.
Employers look for this hands-on
Stevens said students did 75 to
80 percent of the production jobs
during Festival, the annual fund
raising event. Student crew
members mostly ran cameras and
did stage managing work, he said.
CPT operates two different
studios, one in Swain Hall and the
other in Raleigh, where students
from N.C State University work.
The Bryan Center will bring these
groups together, Stevens said.
Senior Kenny Meade, another
student crew member, said Swain
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Hall was "falling apart at the
seams." He added that the new
building would alleviate parking
A two-year veteran of CPT,
Meade said it was one of the oldest
and most successful public televi
sion centers in the country. How
ever, Meade has not seen much
change. "When I first came here,
though, I just bumbled everything.
iVe noticed that as the new crews
have to get to know one another
better, we work together better,"
Producer and director Bill Han
nah, who has been with CPT for
25 years, said the road where the
Bryan Center is located may be
named Sesame Street, after the
children's program, if the state
government is willing.
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never meant to be a studio. We
have editing equipment in storage
rooms. Bathrooms are divided into
Hannah said everyone would
miss being in Chapel Hill, but he
thought the move should have
taken place years ago. When
Hannah came to work at CPT, all
student crew members were
volunteers. Also, he said, most of
the programs were live and were
shot in black and white.
"Now, we shoot much more
location work. Everything before
was based in the studio. Now
we've added new, light, portable
equipment. Before, we had to use
a big Greyhound bus on remote
"We've added new equipment
because as the industry changed,
we changed with it. But we're still
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documentary Tuesday in Swain
to studios in Durham this year.
behind because of financial needs,"
CPT's expenses were largely
covered by state appropriations,
which made up more than half of
the 1987-1988 projected revenue.
But 48 percent of the budget in
those years went to
Hannah said state money pays
for equipment and salaries, but
not programming, forcing CPT to
raise money through telethons to
cover the rising costs of program
ming. This year's Festival, which
ran from March 3 to March 19,
raised $926,082, surpassing its goal
Construction costs for the
Bryan Center were aided by state
grants and a $1 million donation
from Joseph Bryan. Bryan is a
former chairman of Jefferson
Pilot Broadcasting Co. and the
Jefferson-Pilot Life insurance Co.
The donation was made in
memory of his wife, Kathleen
Bryan. The Bryans were among
the initial supporters in getting
N.C. public television launched in
1955, Hatch said.
The main purpose of CPT is to
serve the people of the state,
Hannah said. A lot of programs, like
"The woodwright's Shop" are aired
CPT is planning to add "Black
issues Forum" and "Globe Watch"
to the list of national shows,
This year N.C. Public Television
received awards for two of its
nationally aired shows. "Under
water Kids," a program about
unusual and creative ways of
teaching in Currituck County,
received a first-place award for
children's programming presented
by the Corporation for Public
Another national first-place
award was presented to "This
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