Community Media: Selected Clippings – 12/15/07

The ‘fringe’ candidates get some time
by Tony Schinella (NH)

Both the AP, Concord Monitor, and WMUR-TV Channel 9 give some time to the lessen-known or sometimes to referred to as “fringe” presidential candidates…  It is funny because about two months ago, I mentioned oft handily said to my wife that my new newspaper,, should sponsor a similar debate at Concord’s historic Audi theatre [citizens can rent the theatre from a small stipend].  She said the idea was, and I quote, “lame.”

So, imagine our surprise when those candidates get their own debate, set up by the Manchester Community Access station, and they all get both press and television time!   —>

Blogging in New Hampshire
by Christine Stuart
Media Matters

With a little more than a month before the presidential primary in New Hampshire, stakeholders explored how the role of the traditional media, bloggers, and citizen journalists have changed the political landscape in the Granite State and beyond, at an event Thursday hosted by the New England News Forum.

A fixture in the New Hampshire political scene for years, Arnie Arnesen, a radio talk show host and blogger, said Thursday that the traditional media have abandoned their role as a “check on power,” and have traded it to become stenographers for power. She said when blogs began gaining popularity many were afraid they would become nothing but echo chambers, but in many instances that isn’t the case. —>
(For more, including video on Thursday’s conversation, visit The New England News Forum’s web site.)

Red Bluff challenges Charter
Cable provider not providing promised services, city says
by Tim Hearden
Record Searchlight (CA)

The city could sue Charter Communications for as much as $8.9 million over a claim that the cable company hasn’t lived up to its franchise agreement.  The City Council on Tuesday will consider issuing a notice of noncompliance to Charter for failing to provide Internet service, pay-per-view, local educational access channels, a local office and several other services to Red Bluff customers. Charter maintains it has honored its contract.

The notice is a necessary step before the city can start an “enforcement action” that could lead to a lawsuit for penalties, which could be $200 per day for each violation, City Manager Martin Nichols told the council in a written report.  The council may set a Feb. 5 hearing to allow Charter to respond to its charges.   —>

AccessVision channels moving; viewers likely to need digital cable box
by Nick Schirripa
Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)

If you want to watch AccessVision programming in 2008 and your television won’t go to channels in the 900s, you likely will have to get a cable converter box.  Battle Creek’s AccessVision soon will have new channels with Comcast Cable Communications, the cable provider announced. The public access stations will move from channels 16 and 17 to channels 916 and 917.

Michigan Government Television on channel 97 and Weather Radar Access on channel 15 also will be moving to channels 187 and 918, respectively.  “That’s going to be a real problem for a lot of people,” said Dale Geminder, AccessVision executive director. “I’ve gotten many complaints over the last couple days.”   —>

Watch clips of holiday festival on TV
by sfiecke
Shakopee Valley News (MN)

If you missed the Shakopee holiday festival because it was too cold or you were gone that weekend, you’ll soon be able to watch video of the event on the local cable access station, Channel 15. Check our print editon or the on-line listing for times community events will be showing.

Gagged and Shackled
General Musharraf’s repression of the media has belied his claims of being a champion of a free media.
by Adnan Rehmat
December 2007

The more things change in Pakistan, the more they remain the same. When the army chief staged another coup on November 3, 2007, the standard operating procedure was employed for the putsch: soldiers were mobilised, a media blackout was engineered, flights were disrupted, key political figures were arrested and, amid a flurry of rumours, the coup maker came on air on state-run Pakistan Television, as usual around midnight, dishing out the hackneyed justification that the country was in danger and the constitution was not good enough to provide the required remedies.

What distinguished this coup from others was that it was staged in the presence of a vibrant private broadcast media: dozens of television channels and FM radio stations providing Pakistanis news in real time. At least until that moment. Musharraf made sure his team pulled the plug on all TV channels (including foreign ones) and radio stations before the state of emergency was formally announced on PTV – whose control, in keeping with tradition, was also seized beforehand.

What was shocking about the coup was that it was not ostensibly against the government of the day (Musharraf’s own) but against the judiciary and the media. Both were blamed for the deterioration of law and order and proliferation of terrorism.  “Glorification of violence by the media,” said Musharraf, was a major factor in his decision to impose the emergency.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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