7723jforbes.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. – Students at the Bethany College television station began another year of telecasts with a rebuilt fiber optic cable delivery system, several new hardware and software upgrades, and a new media adviser.

The rebuilt delivery system, courtesy of Comcast Cable, was installed over the summer and once the Comcast Cable system rebuild in the Bethany Community is completed the College's TV station will move from channel 3 to channel 14.

"Bethany College has planned for this system upgrade by installing a new Sony Anycast Production video switcher at BethCom Digital Studios," said Professor Patrick Sutherland, Communication Department Chairperson.

Other new equipment added recently includes two high definition camcorder systems and eight Final Cut Studio 2.0 software workstation upgrades. The second phase, of the three-step digital equipment upgrade, is in process at BethCom TV.

Along with the new equipment and software, BethCom TV welcomes Jim Forbes, the Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF TV and FOX Ohio Valley in Wheeling, West Virginia, as the new media adviser.

Prior to his current position at WTRF, Forbes worked in Washington, D.C. for two years, serving as the Director of Communications for the Committee on House Administration under Chairman Bob Ney, a Congressman from the 18th District of Ohio.

"I am thrilled and honored to be working at such a well-respected academic institution such as Bethany College," said Forbes, "I'm looking forward to applying my real-world experience and knowledge of the industry to each and every student in our program."

Forbes has also won 13 Associated Press Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award for spot news coverage, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. He is currently working towards completion of a master's degree at West Virginia University.