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December 2, 1997 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Two things you should never watch being made, it is said, are laws and sausage. But if you're willing to ignore that advice, check out cable channel PCN. PCN - short for Pennsylvania Cable Network - is the Pennsylvania version of C-SPAN. Just as C-SPAN televises debates in Congress, PCN televises debates in the Legislature. Just as C-SPAN schedules shows that deal with national affairs, PCN schedules shows about Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania industry (like sausage-making), Pennsylvania history, Pennsylvania controversies.
NEWS
November 26, 1996 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
You can watch Spin City tonight, with Michael J. Fox playing a politician's press secretary. Or you can watch the real thing: politicians doing the people's business live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Go ahead, yawn. Watching state government in action sometimes can be like watching paint dry. But it has its moments. Today promises to be one of the most hectic days this year for the legislature - and thus a great time to catch PCN. This is the last scheduled day of the 1995-96 session, and if it doesn't get done now, it won't get done until next year at the earliest.
SPORTS
June 18, 2010
What: 53rd annual Big 33 Football Classic (Pennsylvania vs. Ohio) When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Where: Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. TV: NFL Network, PCN  
SPORTS
June 18, 2011
Pennsylvania vs. Ohio in football All-Star Game. Time and site: 7 p.m. Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium. TV: Live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). More information: For a preview video, visit
NEWS
September 13, 2011 | By Melanie Bavaria, Inquirer Staff Writer
Instead of a courtroom TV drama, Pennsylvanians can tune in to a historic, and real, courtroom scene Tuesday night. For the first time, the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will televise state Supreme Court proceedings. Adding to the historic tone of the occasion, the session will be held in the Supreme Court Chamber in Philadelphia's Old City Hall, next to Independence Hall, in commemoration of Constitution Week. The court was last in session there more than 200 years ago. "It seems fitting that our historic first televised session will take place in one of our nation's most historic sites - the birthplace of independence," Chief Justice Ronald Castille said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1995 | By Lee Winfrey, INQUIRER TV WRITER
Today, the Pennsylvania Cable Network will cover the inauguration of Tom Ridge as governor and Mark Schweiker as lieutenant governor, as it continues its push toward becoming the state equivalent of C-Span. Founded in 1979, the network has hitherto specialized in educational programming. "We plan to be Pennsylvania's version of C-Span, with state- government coverage which is both timely and relevant," said PCN vice president Brian Lockman in a statement. Bradford N. Hammer, the network's director of marketing, said in an interview that the basic cable channel, headquartered in Camp Hill about five miles from Harrisburg, had almost one million subscribers, mostly in the western part of the state.
SPORTS
November 20, 2010
At HersheyPark Stadium, Jonathan Mercier scored in the game's 43rd minute to give Hampton a 1-0 win over Archbishop Wood in the PIAA State Class AA soccer title game. The Vikings finished their season 17-8-1 and appeared to score a goal 10 minutes later, but that play was ruled offsides. It was one of nine offsides calls against the Vikings. The game was shown live before a statewide television audience on PCN.
NEWS
August 25, 2012
For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court plans to televise its proceedings live Sept. 13 when it hears oral arguments on two of its most controversial cases in years - a challenge to the state's new voter ID law and a second attempt to draft new boundaries for state House and Senate districts. The hearings begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court's Philadelphia courtroom, Room 456 of City Hall, where seating is limited. They will be televised live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN)
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - TV cameras are coming to the state's highest court, as Pennsylvania joins the majority of states that allow some type of video or audio recording of arguments in front of their supreme courts. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said yesterday that it will allow the nonprofit Pennsylvania Cable Network to videotape oral arguments in front of it, beginning Sept. 13. PCN cameras will be welcome at oral arguments in the justices' Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia courtrooms.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Lights. Camera. Oral arguments? Indeed. For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - the oldest continuously sitting high court in the nation - is opening its courtrooms to cable television coverage. After several tests over a six-month period, the seven-member court in June voted to allow the gavel-to-gavel coverage of arguments but did not announce the action publicly until Monday. Just don't expect to watch a blow-by-blow crime drama like the recent Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida.
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September 24, 2014
ISSUE | TONY AUTH Divisive caricatures At the risk of interrupting the recent hagiography of Tony Auth, I recall his consistently insulting and simplistic caricatures of people of faith and political conservatives ("A witness to Auth's genius," Sept. 21). While he was often insightful and his talent was undeniable, in my opinion he also contributed to our nation's culture of political invective and partisanship. |Andy Horvath, Towson, Md., andyh2247@yahoo.com ISSUE | COMCAST Basic cable offering UPDATE : Comcast reported on Wednesday that, as of July, PCN was moved into its basic cable tier.  What does it say about Comcast's claim to good public service that the only cable station carrying Monday's gubernatorial debate between Gov. Corbett and Tom Wolf was Comcast's channel 186 in its extra-cost service tier?
NEWS
October 1, 2013
FINALLY, AT long last and almost unbelievably, a sizable bipartisan group of lawmakers is playing ball. Not on school funding, of course. Not on tax reform or pensions or state stores or transportation/mass-transit money. No. They're actually playing ball. This evening at Metro Bank Park, the minor-league home of the Washington Nationals' Double A Harrisburg Senators, the first ever "Capitol All-Stars Softball Game" is scheduled, weather permitting. I do not mean to suggest that there are "All-Stars" of any kind in our Legislature.
NEWS
August 25, 2012
For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court plans to televise its proceedings live Sept. 13 when it hears oral arguments on two of its most controversial cases in years - a challenge to the state's new voter ID law and a second attempt to draft new boundaries for state House and Senate districts. The hearings begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court's Philadelphia courtroom, Room 456 of City Hall, where seating is limited. They will be televised live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN)
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben and Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writers
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Old Main, the majestic administration building at Pennsylvania State University, looked out Thursday morning over the serene main campus of ancient elms and green lawns. There was no hint that the findings of an independent investigation were about to explode, confirming what many here had suspected but didn't want to believe. That the top administrators at the school, dubbed - without irony - Happy Valley, had deliberately and consistently shielded a child sexual predator.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben and Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Old Main, the majestic administration building at Pennsylvania State University, looked out Thursday morning over the serene main campus of ancient elms and green lawns. There was no hint that the findings of an independent investigation were about to explode, confirming what many here had suspected but didn't want to believe. That the top administrators at the school, dubbed - without irony - Happy Valley, had deliberately and consistently shielded a child sexual predator.
NEWS
October 9, 2011
Where is the IRS when you need it? If one were looking for moral integrity, one might think a house of worship would be a logical place to find it. But egged on by right-wing nuts, such as Glenn Beck, some churches flout the law with impunity, as on the recent "Freedom Sunday. " If religious leaders wish to endorse candidates, it is their privilege, but they risk losing their tax exemption. Separation of church and state is mandatory for tax-exempt status. Ethics and the political climate can be discussed, but the endorsement of candidates cannot.
NEWS
September 13, 2011 | By Melanie Bavaria, Inquirer Staff Writer
Instead of a courtroom TV drama, Pennsylvanians can tune in to a historic, and real, courtroom scene Tuesday night. For the first time, the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will televise state Supreme Court proceedings. Adding to the historic tone of the occasion, the session will be held in the Supreme Court Chamber in Philadelphia's Old City Hall, next to Independence Hall, in commemoration of Constitution Week. The court was last in session there more than 200 years ago. "It seems fitting that our historic first televised session will take place in one of our nation's most historic sites - the birthplace of independence," Chief Justice Ronald Castille said in a statement.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - TV cameras are coming to the state's highest court, as Pennsylvania joins the majority of states that allow some type of video or audio recording of arguments in front of their supreme courts. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said yesterday that it will allow the nonprofit Pennsylvania Cable Network to videotape oral arguments in front of it, beginning Sept. 13. PCN cameras will be welcome at oral arguments in the justices' Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia courtrooms.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Lights. Camera. Oral arguments? Indeed. For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - the oldest continuously sitting high court in the nation - is opening its courtrooms to cable television coverage. After several tests over a six-month period, the seven-member court in June voted to allow the gavel-to-gavel coverage of arguments but did not announce the action publicly until Monday. Just don't expect to watch a blow-by-blow crime drama like the recent Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida.
SPORTS
June 18, 2011
Pennsylvania vs. Ohio in football All-Star Game. Time and site: 7 p.m. Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium. TV: Live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). More information: For a preview video, visit
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