Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/16/07

Keep Talkin’…a new program for high school students
by Sire Frey
Fallon Star (NV)

A new program that allows adolescents to express their feelings about issues that affect them was introduced to high school students in a public form in the auditorium Monday. Called Keep Talkin’, the program will air continuously on public access television and Fallon’s K-HOG radio station. >>>

Wanda Schumaker Art Teacher of the Year
by Rick Schumaker
The Sisyphus Comments

My wife, Wanda, was recently selected as the Elementary Art Teacher of the Year for the Southwest Region by the Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA). She was interviewed on the Roanoke Public Access television channel and was recognized by the Roanoke City School Board this week. I finally got around to posting the video on Google. >>>

A report on our meeting with Nagin and Riley
by Ken, Helen, and Baty
Silence is Violence

>>> Mayor Nagin feels that the media is uninterested in providing such an outlet, and that interest among the community would quickly wane if presented with such a consistent report on his part. He also suggested that he does reach out to make specific statements following each homicide, but the media has chosen not to report his comments. The SilenceIsViolence organization, on the other hand, continues to hear from members of the community by the dozens that you would like to see and hear an increased and consistent presence from the Mayor on violent crime. Therefore, we offered to use the public access TV program we had been planning for our own programs for the benefit of the Mayor’s communication with his citizens instead. We ourselves would organize the filming of a consistent message from the Mayor that could be broadcast on public access TV once a week.

The Mayor responded that we should speak with his communications director regarding scheduling for such a program. We have made this contact and will let you know as plans progress to place the Mayor consistently before the community to discuss violent crime. >>>

Bill could affect public access channels
by Adam Torres
The Examiner (MO)

Area legislators updated their constituents on the goings on at Jefferson City at the Independence Chamber of Commerce’s month legislative breakfast this morning. State Senator Victor Callahan was one of three legislators who attended. Callahan, D-Independence, talked about the Cable and AT&T Bill.

The bill could hurt educational and government television broadcast to communities in the state, Callahan said. The city of Independence broadcasts many of its meetings, including its city council meetings on a channel called City 7. According to Callahan, the bill allows for funding of the public and educational channels until 2009.

“That is an issue we fought about for a long time,” Callahan said. “It goes back to a duty and obligation (of cable providers to provide public information). I don’t want to have the PEG channels to have bake sales or telethons.”

Cable picture could get even worse
Berkshire Eagle

It is likely that many if not most cable television subscribers in Berkshire County would love to see a serious competitor emerge to Time-Warner. Legislation currently on Beacon Hill is supposed to encourage just that, but it would come at far too high a cost. By allowing cable companies to negotiate directly with the state, bypassing local communities, the towns and cities of Massachusetts, and cable subscribers, would have even less impact on the cable giants than they do today. >>>

Paternal Cable mostly fable; Town losing grip on provider
by Paul Gauvin
Barnstable Patriot

Comcast came a callin’ last week in an attempt to enlist the household into its cable telephone system, insofar as we already are tied into its Cable TV and Internet networks. B’gawsh, it sure was bad timing. I was just getting over the fact that both Comcast offerings I already use were bumped up a few bucks at the turn of the year, enough to annoy but not exasperate. >>>

AT&T Seeks Wisconsin Statewide Video Franchise
by Barry Orton
Soglin: Waxing America

>>> Officials from large and small cities, cable industry representatives, and local access channel users defended the existing of local control, and called for fairness and reasonable deliberation on a complex and important issue. Don’t count on it.

AT&T puppet “grassroots” group TV4US has been spending millions on television, radio and newspaper ads pushing the notion that cable rates will come down when competition is allowed. Don’t count on it.

AT&T has been spending millions “educating” state legislators at fundraisers on the need for eliminating local control of wired video that uses local public rights-of-way for private gain. As state legislators in Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, North and South Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia, Connecticut, and Indiana have already learned this important lesson, count on Wisconsin’s Senators and Representatives, after appropriate deliberation and fundraising, to realize that competition will not come fast enough under current conditions. Many other states are being lobbied similarly. Money talks. >>>

WKOW-TV did a good, long (for TV news) story Wednesday, with enough detail to show the complexity of the issues. My quotes weren’t chopped out of context, and AT&T and Charter’s people’s points were balanced. Ironically, when the first news segment of the program ended, it was followed by a TV4US commercial. >>>

C-Span Backs Off Copyright Claims
by Matt Stoller

>>> Bruce Collins, the Corporate Vice President and General Counsel of C-SPAN, called post release and said that the information provided by the C-SPAN employee to the RSC was incorrect. >>>

I’m not sure that Collins is correct here. Or rather, my guess is that he’s backing off this claim because he doesn’t want C-Span to send a takedown notice to Pelosi’s office. Floor proceedings are televised, and that material is public domain because the cameras are owned by the government. Committee proceedings, though, are not. Here’s Metavid, a collaborative project attempting to democratize government content, on the issue. >>>

The flip side of network TV
If Georgia changes cable franchise rules, some public access channels could go dark
by Scott Leith
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

People TV is, like most public access stations, a good bit out of the ordinary. The nearly 3-decade-old Atlanta cable station carries shows like “Caribbean Report,” “Precious Memories Presented by the House of Prayer” and “Chicks Can Fix Cars Too.” Depending on your perspective, the fare is obscure or interesting, enlightening or offensive, or maybe just boring.

It also might be in jeopardy. People TV gets about 90 percent of its operating budget from Comcast, thanks to the cable carrier’s franchise deal with the city of Atlanta. The station faces the serious prospect of losing that money, given that the Georgia General Assembly is considering big changes in state franchising rules. New legislation would partly preserve channels that are used for public access, educational or government purposes — known as PEG channels — but wouldn’t maintain funding after a certain period of time. In Atlanta, the number of PEG channels also would be cut from five to three. >>>

Student-produced shows may hit Keizer 23 airwaves
by Eric A. Howald
Keizer Times (OR)

Keizer 23 viewers may be seeing new content on the station sooner rather than later. A city news segment, a public works program and even some student-produced content may make it to air on city’s public access television station available to Comcast cable subscribers. All three programs were topics of discussion for the Keizer 23 task force at their meeting Monday, Feb. 5.

Rather than trying to implement a slate of new programs all at once, Councilor Cathy Clark, a member of the task force, suggested paring their list of program down to those that could see airtime soon. The task force walk a fine line when determining which programs can be aired and members had avoided talk of viewer-submitted programming. If the station accepts resident-produced content from anyone, it must accept all programs from residents who submit them. >>>

Missouri’s TV bill could expand options, lower cost
by Derek Kravitz

>>> This year’s bill allows cable companies to opt out of their existing local agreements. That puts the cable and phone companies on a level playing field, said Greg Harrison, president of the Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association. But some consumer advocates and Missouri municipalities say the opt-out provision of the bill could violate the state constitution and put cable service in low-income areas at risk. >>>

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

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