Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/13/07

Albany council resumes discussion about putting meetings on television
By Cathy Ingalls
Albany Democrat-Herald

Should the Albany City Council televise its meetings? The question came up last September, but a decision was postponed until February. The discussion will resume at the Wednesday council meeting that starts at 7:15 p.m. at City Hall. In September, some of the council members asked for a delay because they didn’t want to irritate voters with a $47,545 TV start-up cost just before the city was asking them to renew a police and fire levy in November. The levy passed.

If approved on Wednesday, the plan would be to install three cameras and related equipment in the council chambers to record the meetings. A video and sound recording would be placed on the city’s Web site and on digital video discs. The DVDs would be played later on a government access channel on the Comcast cable system. —>

Council tunes in to TV channel
By John Morgan
Casper Star-Tribune

The Casper City Council has the opportunity to expand the amount and type of programming the city offers on its television channel, but only if the public is interested. “I believe we’re underutilizing the designation we have now,” said Councilman Keith Goodenough, who has been pushing for an expanded public TV channel.

The city currently uses its channel to broadcast city council meetings and a few other meetings like the smart growth conference last summer. The rest of the time, the channel shows a scrolling list of calendar events and occasionally a taped Casper College class. Bresnan Communications provides the city with free use of the channel as long as the city only broadcasts educational and governmental programs. The city is renegotiating the terms of its agreement and has the opportunity to add public access to the mix.

“Whether we keep it a government education channel or add the public to it, we still control the channel 24 hours a day,” Goodenough said Monday. “No matter what we do, we should expand the programming.” —>
City Council airs meetings on cable TV
By Bob McLure
Seminole Beacon

SEMINOLE – For those too busy to attend City Council meetings there is another option now available. Earlier this week, Bright House Networks began carrying the twice-a-month meetings from City Council chambers on Channel 15. Meetings are conducted the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. They will be aired five times a week leading up to the next meeting. —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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