BEK TV Chosen Best of Best for Third Consecutive Year
Since its inception in 2006, BEK TV has paved the way as the region's premier broadcaster, notably covering hundreds of live high school and collegiate athletic events each year. Then in late 2020, BEK began producing a series of news and opinion shows. To date, BEK TV continues to be the top producer in the region of both sports and news programming, and it only continues to grow.
Last year, the network made a significant stride in expanding its reach by acquiring KNGF, a station based in Eastern North Dakota. BEK TV now broadcasts its diverse programming 24/7, reaching eager viewers not just in North Dakota but also in Western Minnesota. Notably, this makes BEK TV the sole North Dakota-owned station boasting comprehensive statewide coverage.
The past year also saw BEK TV double down on its news programming. To begin with, the network produced two extensive series. The first was called "China Conquest: Inside Job" and consisted of more than 30 special reports. This series delved deep into the grassroots movement opposing the potential establishment of a Chinese-owned plant near the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Then in May, the station began a series called "Capturing America's Heartland: CO2 Pipeline". It illuminates the issues surrounding a proposed CO2 pipeline near Bismarck. Through its rigorous coverage, BEK TV ensured that community members had a platform to voice their concerns and were well-informed about the developments of both projects.
The network also brought viewers a new program called "Legislature Today". The show provided daily recaps from the 68th North Dakota Legislative Session, including bill drafts, voting results, and policies set into action. Then, BEK TV unveiled "BEK News Now", hourly news, weather, and sports reports designed to keep viewers updated on recent events.
BEK TV continues to add new content to its growing list of programs and sports events during the week. “Dakota Cowboy” added a segment to the show that features a weekly Student Rodeo Athlete of the Week. Likewise, a promising partnership with the North Dakota Rodeo Association allowed BEK TV to telecast professional rodeos across the state for the first time. And the Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks professional baseball games further enrich BEK TV's sports roster. BEK’s weekly lineup continues to offer more locally produced content than any other television station in the region, with multiple new programs and sports coming this Fall.
The station's excellence hasn't gone unnoticed. BEK TV recently added three more Eric Sevareid Awards to its trophy cabinet.
There are many reasons why BEK TV is set apart from the rest of local television. For one, BEK is a member-owned Cooperative, always cognizant of what the people require and want. That’s why BEK TV is committed to delivering unfiltered, community-centric content; it’s what the people have asked for. Also, BEK TV is its own network, so it doesn’t operate within the constraints of a corporate-focused company.
BEK’s focus on reflecting the culture and values of North Dakota resonates with viewers, evident from its growing ratings. At a time when many corporate-owned stations are seeing a dip in viewership, BEK TV is not only holding its ground, it’s soaring high.
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In its continued commitment to bring new, exciting programming to viewers, BEK TV is thrilled to announce the upcoming premiere of "Open Range," a compelling weekday program hosted by North Dakota native Gary Emineth. “Open Range” will focus on a wide variety of issues affecting North Dakotans. Viewers can watch the premiere episode on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 9pm CT, live over-the-air on the BEK TV channel, online at [BEK.News](https://www.bek.news/), or on the BEK TV+ streaming app.
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Sinclair Hugh's journey began in 2011 when he graduated from the Colorado Broadcasting School. Eager to dive into the world of video production and editing, he wasted no time in establishing himself as a promising talent.
Seth Farstveet was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. His journey into the world of news and television began at the CBS News affiliate (KXMB) in the Capitol City. For four years, he contributed to the success of the newsroom's operations, eventually serving as Director of the program “Studio 701”.
Andrew Southwick’s journey to BEK TV began with his love of music. His passion for melody and rhythm led him to a career as a touring and recording musician. For seven years, being a musician provided an opportunity to explore various facets of the creative world, eventually leading him into the realm of film and commercial scoring and media production.
Kaleb Hruby embarked on his career in the world of media after earning a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Jamestown. His first job was as a Commercial Producer for the CBS News affiliate (KXMB) in Bismarck, ND.
Cordell Hayes is a familiar face to BEK News Now viewers, known for his dynamic and engaging daily news updates. Born and raised in the picturesque town of Harvey, North Dakota, Cordell's journey into the world of journalism was fueled by his deep-rooted passion for storytelling.
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BEK Communications Cooperative, a television broadcaster and digital powerhouse, has been awarded the "2023 Premier Technology Business Award" by the Technology Council of North Dakota, known as TechND. Additionally, BEK’s Chief Security Officer and President of Cybernet Security by BEK, John Nagel, was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence, by CyberCon. Both awards were presented on October 4, 2023, at the 6th annual Cybercon conference that took place at Bismarck State College.
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