282 is a new kind of local show that will be as interesting to watch and participate with online as it is to see on television. The weekly panel will feature local media makers - bloggers, journalists, filmmakers, social media personalities – all discussing the most significant local events of the week. Politics, entertainment, education, sports and other hot topics are all up for discussion.
The concept was the brainchild of Elsie Garner, WTVI’s president and CEO. “I have been intrigued with the idea of starting with social media and making a TV show out of it instead of the traditional TV show informing social media efforts,” says Garner. “Our partnership with CLT Blog provides the perfect technology and audience for this modern approach recognizing new ways people interact, obtain news and discuss events important to them.”
Carlton Hargro, the host, is the former editor of Creative Loafing, with years of editorial experience in Charlotte and Atlanta. WTVI’s Rick Fitts is the executive in charge of production, and Jere Thomas is the director.
282 is one of many local productions from WTVI. The station currently produces Carolina Business Review, Healthwise, For Your Home, United Way and You, and The Charlotte Small Business Spotlight. WTVI also airs the Mecklenburg County Commission meetings, as well as pre-election debates and Everyday Edisons. WTVI has worked with and used the talents of many local independent producers to present local documentaries to the community, such as Charlotte's Own Bearden at 100, Rural Mecklenburg: A Vanishing Way of Life, Carolina Calling, Our Vanishing Americana, The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long and Winding Road, Sojourn of the Strings and City of Canvas: The Story of Camp Greene.
About WTVI, Charlotte’s PBS station
WTVI is an essential community resource that connects people in the heart of the Carolinas. A public television station, WTVI offers a diverse mix of quality programs and services designed to inform, educate, entertain and promote citizenship. From award-winning children’s programming to groundbreaking documentaries and original music performances, WTVI offers quality content viewers can trust. WTVI reaches more than 380,000 households in its 13-county area in both North and South Carolina: Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan, Iredell, Stanly, Union, Anson, Catawba, Cabarrus, Cleveland in North Carolina and York and Lancaster in South Carolina. Get closer to home - www.wtvi.org
About CLT Blog
CLT Blog is Charlotte’s largest online-only news outlet and social content network, with one of the largest followings on Facebook and Twitter of any media organization in the Carolinas. Our mix of citizen and professional contributers cover the Queen City: its music, art, nightlife, sports, politics, economy, past, and future. As a locally born-and-bred collective, we focus on Charlotte’s most pressing issues and inspiring stories, and through the use of rich media like live streaming video, engage the next generation of Charlotteans. www.cltblog.com