PCN Celebrates 40 Years in Television
Forty years ago there was no ESPN, no HGTV, no Disney Channel, no MTV, no CNN, no Fox News, no MSNBC, and no Netflix. But in Pennsylvania there was a small group of entrepreneurs who built and ran some of the world’s first cable television companies. Looking for a way to give back to the community, in 1979 they created a non-profit company called Pennsylvania Educational Communications Systems. The purpose was to use the power of cable television for citizen education.
Today that non-profit company goes by the name of PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Operating from its headquarters in Camp Hill, near the state capital of Harrisburg, the network has 40 full-time employees, operates bureaus in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, televises about 2,000 hours of original programming each year, and is widely recognized as the nation’s pre-eminent state public affairs network.