The Southeastern Channel officially hit the airwaves July 9, 2002 and within eight years has established itself as one of the premier university television channels nationwide.
With high-quality production and programming as its staple, the Southeastern Channel has already won over 100 national and international awards in the past five years, including six Emmy Awards along with multiple Telly, Aurora, Axiem, Videographer, Communicator, College Broadcasters, Society of Professional Journalists, and Southeast Journalism Conference awards. The channel has won top awards at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, the Worldfest International Film and Video Festival, the Hot Springs Documentary Festival, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and the Twin Rivers Media Festival. The Southeastern Channel is the first university channel in state history to have won an Emmy.
Led by an international award-winning professional staff, some with decades of experience at the national television network level, the Southeastern Channel produces over 600 hours of fresh original programming each year. The channel airs over 100 hours of original programming each week, roughly 96 percent of its 24/7 schedule. Of the 1,000-plus hours of telecourses airing each year, 98 percent have been originally-produced using Southeastern faculty. Each lecture for these telecourses has been archived on the Southeastern Channel's website for "Video on Demand" accessibility. A "Live Webcast" broadcasts 24/7 from the Southeastern Channel website as well.
In the short history of the Southeastern Channel, the channel has provided a valuable training ground for university television students who have worked and studied over 25,000 hours at the state-of-the-art studio production facility. Here students have gained great preparation for the television marketplace. Southeastern Channel products Randi Rousseau (Anchor-Reporter, WDSU-TV6, New Orleans), Krystal Boothe (Reporter, WWL-TV4, New Orleans), and Daniel Brown (Assignment Editor, WAFB-TV9, Baton Rouge) have landed jobs in Top 40 markets right after graduation. Other graduates have been hired as reporters and producers at Fox 8-TV in New Orleans and at WBRZ-TV Channel 2 in Baton Rouge, WVLA NBC-TV Channel 33, and WGMB Fox-TV Channel 44 in Baton Rouge . Others have worked as videographers and editors for television stations and video production companies throughout south Louisiana while some have opened their own video production companies in the region, selling over nearly 50,000 units of video product. Some have landed out-of-state jobs as editors and colorists in Hollywood and as sports cameramen and editors at ESPN.