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WOCC Becomes “Westerville TV”

Post Date:12/07/2017 5:17 PM
It’s been nine-and-a-half years (June 2009) since the Federal Communication Commission mandated all televisions transition from analog to digital. Now more people are “cutting the cord” with cable than ever before. Last summer, Fortune magazine reported the five largest U.S. pay-TV (cable) providers had lost more than a half-million customers by mid-2017. These customers are paying for internet service and typically using high-definition antennas to access local network channels for news, local sports and information.

Trends in TV also had an impact on your local government because of the publicly-owned, educational, or governmental ("PEG") channel: WOCC-TV, also known as Channel 3. WOCC, operated by and in partnership with Otterbein University’s Department of Television for many years, aired public meetings, including Westerville City Council, general interest community programming and Otterbein student-produced content.

Through the combined expansion of cable and satellite program selections and online streaming content, viewership significantly declined over the years. In the last two biennial resident surveys (2014, 2016), the City asked for feedback on WOCC. In 2014, only a little more than a fourth of residents (27%) said they have watched WOCC in the past two years (which was a statistically significant decline from the previous time we asked: 36% in 2012). It further declined in 2016: only 18% of survey respondents said they watched WOCC in the past two years.

With such a small segment of the community tuning in for public broadcasting, and more services moving online with on-demand capabilities, the City and Otterbein made the decision to discontinue the channel. Instead, both the City and the University took more video online to direct streaming services. WOCC faded to black on December 31, 2017.

To continue our programming, the City launched “Westerville TV” exclusively online at It is now the portal for live and on-demand video from public meetings, community events and more, including news, weather and school announcements. Fans of Otterbein programming may still find student-produced content online at

Watch Westerville TV now.

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