Saturday, February 16, 2008

French on Basic Cable

Just for the record:

A letter in today's Advertiser rasises, again, the question of whether the French-language channel should have been moved off of Cox's basic cable lineup.

And the answer of course is "no"—it should not have. In a city where the census says 13% of the population speaks French in the home it should be. Communities that call themselves Cajun, Creole, and French all speak a unique local version of the language and ought to be served.

We lost easy access to that channel when Cox decided it would be more profitable for them if Acadiana was made more like Baton Rouge. So they combined the two areas and aligned Lafayette's channel offerings with Baton Rouge's.

Unwise. And it is an issue that will not go away.

My guess is that this is not a mistake that french-speaking cajun fiddling Terry Huval will make. There is no reason why TV9 can't be on channel 9.....except that Baton Rouge has a channel 9 on broadcast. But that won't bother a local cable company.

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