MPT’s V-me launch won’t reach many Latino residents

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Maryland Public Television’s cable launch yesterday of V-me, the digital Spanish-language channel, didn’t include areas with the state’s largest Hispanic populations, reports the Washington Post. Apparently Comcast hasn’t yet committed to a start date for carriage in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and MPT officials say it could be as late as February 2009–the same time TV broadcasting goes all-digital. Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) called on the public to pressure Comcast. The company says it has “no imminent plans” to carry V-me in the two counties.