Robert G.H. McCausland 
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Re: “Station Break

@Stripes78 - Lots of people across the country disagree with your point of view, and for very good reasons. Take, for example, this debate coverage from California's brand new 2nd Congressional District - produced by Access Humboldt, the nonprofit access corporation there. This is just *one* of the many kinds of essential, locally-based programming that community access television provides, and which commercial television most often will not.

You may not like some of the "bath water", but there are a whole lot of babies in there we don't want thrown out!…

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Posted by Robert G.H. McCausland on 04/06/2012 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Station Break

Ms. Sinclair -

Thank you so much for the time and thoughtfulness you spent on your Channel 95 story. It's rare to find a story on public access these days which takes the time to treat its subjects with respect, and to get even the rough details of the landscape correct.

I don't know firsthand the Channel 95 details, but having been in the access TV field over 30 years, I can tell you that your story is one of the best ones on the struggles of community television I've ever seen.

I've built a map of Virginia's community access TV providers - - I haven't had Channel 95 there because it's managed by the cable operator, and that's a management-type class on which I'm presently missing data. ('ll be adding it now.)

A preferred solution for Channel 95's troubles might be for the City to require in its next cable franchise renewal that Comcast give management of the channel to a nonprofit corp., such as exists in Charlottesville, Arlington, and Fairfax County. And yes, then some of the cable fees Richmond collects from Comcast *could* go to the access channel - at least for facilities and equipment.

Please pass on my compliments to your editors, as well, and keep up the good work! Thanks again!

Rob McCausland
Community Media Database

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Posted by Robert G.H. McCausland on 04/04/2012 at 10:57 AM

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