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Alliance Extends At-Home Learning Opportunities to Northeast NC Cable Customers

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 5/6/2020 — In its continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to expedite vital information to North Carolinians, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina announced today that Mediacom Communications, the nation's fifth largest cable operator, is now carrying UNC-TV's three subchannels—Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel, the Explorer Channel and North Carolina Channel—to extend and enhance the public television network's educational reach throughout the state during this unprecedented time.

UNC-TV's North Carolina Channel and its Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel provide curriculum-vetted programs to supplement schools' at-home learning opportunities. Besides Rootle's regular award-winning children's programs, the flagship UNC-TV PBS & More channel also provides programs for younger children through third grade. In addition, the North Carolina Channel offers at-home learning programs for students in grades fourth through eight in the mornings and nine through twelve during afternoons. More information about this programming is available at

While the network’s UNC-TV PBS & More channel remains on Mediacom channel 2, its subchannels, which Mediacom started carrying on April 30, are:

  • Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel—117
  • Explorer Channel—118
  • North Carolina Channel—119

UNC-TV is in talks with other cable and satellite providers to deliver these educational resources to their customers in our state.

About Mediacom Communications

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the fifth largest cable operator in the United States and the leading gigabit broadband provider to smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Through its fiber-rich network, Mediacom provides high-speed data, video and phone services to nearly 1.4 million households and businesses across 22 states. The company delivers scalable broadband solutions to commercial and public-sector customers of all sizes through Mediacom Business, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at

About UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina

As North Carolina’s statewide PBS network serving the country’s third-largest public media market, UNC-TV educates, informs, entertains and inspires its statewide audience on-air, online and in-person. Through its unique partnership of public investment and private support, the statewide network includes in-person engagement, digital-first social and online content delivery, and four over-the-air channels—UNC-TV PBS & More, the North Carolina Channel, Rootle 24/7 PBS Kids and the Explorer Channel. Its transformational events and content spark curiosity and wonder for all North Carolinians. Additionally, UNC-TV serves as the backbone for North Carolina’s state’s emergency services. Visit and join the conversation at, and @publicmediaNC on Twitter.

CONTACT Rebekah Radisch, UNC-TV: 919-549-7177