Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/02/08

AT & T employees urged to back Nuñez measure
The bid to change term limits is backed by Nuñez, whose law let the company into the cable TV market.
by Nancy Vogel
Los Angeles Times (CA)

The president of AT&T California is urging employees to support Proposition 93, the term limits measure on Tuesday’s ballot championed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, whose 2006 law allowing the telecommunications company into the lucrative cable TV market could be worth billions of dollars.

In a letter e-mailed to 40,000 employees this week, President Ken McNeely wrote: “I believe that Prop. 93, which AT&T has supported, strikes a good balance between term limits and enabling legislators to develop more expertise for California.”

Proposition 93, with a campaign financed heavily by public employee unions, legislators and corporations including AT&T, would allow Nuñez and many other lawmakers to run for office again this year rather than be forced out.  Nuñez, a Los Angeles Democrat, wrote the law that permits AT&T and other phone companies to compete against cable operators for pay television customers.   —>,1,1729196.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Comcast tries to do right by EWTN viewers
Complaints about channel prompt cable executives to act (4 comments)
The Times Herald (MI)

With the nation’s TV signals required to change from analog to digital next year, you would think one of its leading cable providers would be able to adequately prepare for the transition. Comcast has proven otherwise.  The cable company’s decision to move its PEG – public, educational, government – access channels to the 900-level digital range last month sparked protests here and in other Michigan communities. Lawsuits have put the channel migration on hold.

This week, Comcast had to put out another fire. After it moved the Eternal Word Television Network from Channel 21 to digital Channel 291 on Jan. 15, residents of The Village of Mercy Health Center in Fort Gratiot complained they didn’t have the equipment to receive the Catholic programming.

Despite Mercy Village administrator Christine Jones’ repeated calls to Comcast for the necessary upgrade, the company didn’t seem to be listening. Jones was told there was nothing that could be done.   —>

Manhattan Network Building Harlem Media Center
Public Access Service Transforming Firehouse Into Community Youth Facility
by Mike Reynolds
Multichannel News

Public access service Manhattan Neighborhood Network has initiated renovations on an East Harlem firehouse that will transform the historic edifice into a state-of-the-art community media center.  The 124-year-old, four-story, red brick firehouse at 104th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues will be rebuilt to feature live broadcast and production studios, editing facilities, meeting spaces and a training center for the community’s youth. The 10,000-square-foot building will also offer broadband access and serve as the new headquarters for MNN’s youth channel and programs, currently residing on 59th Street.   —>

“The Collective Experience in the Moment of YouTube”
by Colin Rhinesmith
Community Media in Transition (MA)

Berkeley Community Media is hosting an event later this month, titled “The Collective Experience in the Moment of YouTube.” Here are the details from their website.

“Join members of various media collectives (including Paper Tiger TV & Video Machete) as they reflect on the history, present and future of their practice. Bring your questions, your concern and desires for the future of the media. The first hour of the forum will be taped for cablecast on B-TV.   —>

Celtics Stuff Live On TV
by Justin Poulin (1 comment)
CelticsBlog (MA)

Jim “JB” Metz and Justin Poulin had the opportunity to bring their “faces for radio” to television before the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.  Kurt, Adam, and Dave from Gang Green (a public access show dedicated to the Celtics and based in Winthrop, MA) invited us as guests of their fledgling show to talk about Celtics Stuff Live and our experiences.  They uploaded the 30 minute show to youtube and it is available in four parts.  Click here to see the rest.

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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