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CalTV is the University of California at Berkeley's online television station. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at CalTV.org.

History


Though there had been multiple attempts to get a television station for Berkeley off the ground, it wasn't until Spring 2005 that the ASUC was able to allocate sufficient seed money towards setting up an online TV station.

Technology


CalTV uses a unique combination of web and digital media technologies to produce its online broadcasts. As its web platform, CalTV uses standards compliant and customized content management system coupled with the Youtube
YouTube
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's online video player. For producing content, CalTV utilizes a 3CCD mini-DV digital video camera, the industry standard Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro
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 video production software running on Apple
Apple
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 iMac G5
IMac G5
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. With continued support from the student government, CalTV intends to invest further in its technology platform, thereby fulfilling its goals towards the Cal community.

CalTV also podcasts
Podcast
A podcast is a series of digital media files that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication...

 its content. The podcast feed is available through the iTunes
ITunes
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 Music Store.

Content


The station's content has evolved with time. In its first iteration, the station produced a single show focusing exclusively on news events (local, national and international) but produced in a citizen journalism
Citizen journalism
Citizen journalism is the concept of members of the public "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information," according to the seminal 2003 report We Media: How Audiences are Shaping the Future of News and Information...

 mode. The show featured brief backgrounds on stories introduced by CalTV journalists followed by opinion from Berkeley students and professors.

With time, CalTV's content expanded into sports, arts and eventually entertainment. "The CalTV Sports Highlight" was born in 2006 and covered California football, baseball, water polo and much more. The semester of Spring 2007 marked the debut of "The CalTV Show", an off-beat news show offering a summary of local and national news as well as commentary on issues of concern to students. "The CalTV Show" has now since been renamed "The CalBear Report."

The current 2007-2008 cast of "The CalTV Show" includes (in no particular order): Yaou Dou, Katie Felber, Rosa Kim, Kira O'Connor, Helga Zambrano!, Chin Hua-Lu, and Tamara Buran. Jeff Stern got his start at CalTV where he interviewed protesters outside the Boalt Law School. And pandas.

CalTV sports features high octane highlights of Cal sports action, including "The CalTV Sports Highlight" which airs every Monday. Also included in the programming are CalTV sports' "Back and Forth" and "Sports Shorts." "Back and Forth" features banter on all sports related topics from the Cal Football Team to Women's Field Hockey. "Sports Shorts" features updates on recent teams in action, as well as interviews with students on Sproul Plaza. The Sports Department team for 2009-2010 includes Director Dan Fiedler and on-camera reporters Chris Carr, Shira Chung, Kevin Cohen, Jessica Dzubnar, Catherine Kauffelt, Zeshan Kazmi, and Caroline Ogawa.

CalTV Journalism features many informative weekly shows including Berkeley Beat, CalConnect, InFocus, and CalTV Journalism.

CalTV debuted its new Music programming this semester with episodes premiering on the weekends.

Special events


CalTV has also been involved in the coverage of many on-campus and off-campus special events. These events included exclusive interviews with such celebrities as:
  • Michel Gondry
    Michel Gondry
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  • Will Ferrell
    Will Ferrell
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  • Conan O'Brien
    Conan O'Brien
    Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer and performer. Since November 2010 he has hosted Conan, a late-night talk show that airs on the American cable television station TBS....

  • Adam Sandler
    Adam Sandler
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  • Don Cheadle
    Don Cheadle
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  • Jerry Seinfeld
    Jerry Seinfeld
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  • Regina King
    Regina King
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  • Emile Hirsch
    Emile Hirsch
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  • Viggo Mortensen
    Viggo Mortensen
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  • The cast of Hot Rod
    Hot rod
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  • The cast of Superbad (film)
  • The cast of Comedy Central's Reno 911
  • California First Lady Maria Shriver
    Maria Shriver
    Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist and author of six best-selling books. She has received a Peabody Award, and was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. As executive producer of The Alzheimer's Project, Shriver earned two Emmy Awards and an Academy of...

  • Former CBS anchor Dan Rather
    Dan Rather
    Daniel Irvin "Dan" Rather, Jr. is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel HDNet. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9,...

  • CNN Sr.Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta
    Sanjay Gupta
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Funding


CalTV has been supported in a large way by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). CalTV also works closely with Big Ideas @ Berkeley, an initiative that provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams at UC Berkeley. The station has also been exploring revenue generation through ads and promotional activities.

Recognition


CalTV has been recognized in local media. The Daily Cal, Berkeley's newspaper, published articles on CalTV http://www.dailycal.org/printable.php?id=931 , http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=19714 .
The station has also gaining visibility in the Berkeley blogging community http://clog.dailycal.org/index.php?s=other, http://calstuff.blogsome.com/2007/01/25/new-caltv-launch/