TechTV Pumps Up Live Fare


Technology-news outlet TechTV plans to launch a live, nine-and-a-half-hour
daily news block called 'Tech Live' April 2, expanding earlier plans for a
five-hour live suite.

TechTV chief operating officer Joe Gillespie said Tuesday that network
executives decided recently that it made more sense to go ahead and program a
full daytime block, rather than building to that level incrementally.

The plan now is for Tech Live to run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a half-hour
recap newscast at 9 p.m. that would be rerun at midnight and 3 a.m.

Each hour will be comprised of technology news, finance, new product reviews,
help and consumer advice, the network said in a news release.

Programming will emanate from TechTV's new San Francisco studio, with
coverage from TechTV bureaus in New York; Washington, D.C.; Silicon Valley; and

The on-screen look will include a TechTV 'Superticker,' providing updates on
leading tech stocks and other data.

TechTV's current original programming will relaunch as a three-hour primetime
block (7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the East and West coasts), with repeats over the

TechTV, part of Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures Inc. stable, claims 23.5 million