BronxNet Steps Up to Global Crisis

March 27, 2020
BronxNet Steps Up to Global Crisis

Dear Friends, Family and Neighbors:
 
BronxNet continues to broadcast programming vital to our communities during this global crisis without interruption. Early on, as the pandemic seemed closer to impacting our region and city in terribly significant ways, BronxNet further developed contingency planning in order to continue to broadcast dynamic and vital info to the public, while migrating to remote collaboration and production.  
 
For channel 67 Optimum, we conceived, designed and deployed a BronxNet Onscreen Public Awareness Alert Zone (BOPAAZ) system. BOPAAZ includes relevant local programming about the Bronx and the pandemic, along with zones for RSS feeds containing news and alerts, curated social media streams and more. 
 
Our passionate, talented and dedicated teams developed, and are utilizing innovative workflows to collaborate, produce, and broadcast important community content from home on BronxNet TV.  Journalists are in the field and hosts are anchoring from home on BronxNet to provide important local info in Spanish as well as English.  
 
We are grateful for the guidance and leadership of our board of directors. We can all be proud of our BronxNet teams from Creative Services to Broadcast Engineering and IT, from Programming to Web, and from Training to Facilities to Youth Media to Admin.  Our BronxNet family includes our access producers, students and partners who have stepped up during this crisis.
 
We are continuing to scale up despite the challenges.  We’ll continue to provide voter literacy programming on BronxNet. We’re working with educators and artists to broadcast educational programming on BronxNet TV for children at different grade levels and across a range of subjects.  
 
BronxNet is the television network of the people of the Bronx and we’re reactivating our public engagement initiatives in new ways for greater participation from the comfort and safety of your home.  Our media education workshops will resume online via our website and social media. BronxNet access producers and independent Bronx media makers are submitting content for broadcast on BronxNet via bronxnet.tv now and so can you. 
 
Please stay safe, stay home for now, and stay connected.
 
Keep Bronx Strong,
Michael Max Knobbe 
Executive Director,
BronxNet