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Just think what they could do

Beautiful, startling images of Idaho’s landscape, wildlife and people soared across the display screens as Idaho Public Television General Manager Peter Morrill presented his budget request and an update on IPTV to legislative budget writers. But there was also a caricatured image of Morrill that popped up on the screen in a Saturday Night Fever-style disco suit – to illustrate that most of IPTV’s broadcasting equipment dates from the era when disco was all the rage. Much of it was purchased in the 1970s, and is outdated and sorely in need of replacement.

House Appropriations Chairman Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, said she was much impressed with the beautiful footage. “If you can do that with that old antiquated equipment – you do a wonderful job, the pictures are beautiful,” she said. “I don’t know what you’d do if we actually gave you good equipment.”

Responded Morrill, “I’d like to find out.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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