Viewers of Cabarrus County's Channel 22 will notice program changes in coming weeks after Time-Warner Cable's pull-out from the county.
A recent state law allows local cable franchises to void their agreements with local governments if a competitor enters the market.
Time-Warner ended its agreement after AT&T began offering service to a small area of the Locust community, Cabarrus County spokeswoman Aimee Hawkins said.
That means Time-Warner Cable will no longer provide studios for local television shows or video-production services for broadcasts of county commissioner and school board meetings, county officials announced.
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Channel 22's half-hour shows "Cooperative Extension Today," "Forever Young" and "Commissioners Corner" were videotaped at Time-Warner Studios in Kannapolis and will be discontinued in their current forms, officials said.
New variations of the shows will be presented with a "fresher approach" to providing information about county services, company officials announced. The shows will also be broadcast in multiple time slots to reach more viewers.
Broadcasts of commissioners meetings will continue, produced and broadcast by Channel 22 staff.
Viewers can tune into commissioners' regular monthly meeting broadcasts live on Channel 22 at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The meetings are also broadcast at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The programming changes will not affect other Channel 22 shows such as "Historical Moments," "Successful Gardener," "Eating Smart" and "Cabarrus This Week."
Internet users can view Channel 22 programs on-demand at www.youtube.com/cabarruscounty and by clicking the Channel 22 link.