Agenda

City of Midland

Cable Access Advisory Commission Mtg.

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, 5/11/05, 7:00P.M.

 CITY HALL-COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

 

 

 

Contact MCTV staff at 837-3474 if you can’t attend the meeting.

Please arrive by 6:50p.m. Meeting will be cablecast “LIVE” on MGTV.

Agenda topics

Action items in Bold                                                 

 

I.                     Call to Order/Roll Call

II.                  Approval-February 9, 2005 Minutes

III.                  Public Comments

IV.               Old Business

            1.Goals-2004-05

            2. CAAC Appointments

            3. Subscriber-FOCUS Groups

           

 

 

 

      V        New Business

                  1.  Board & Commission Trng.

                  2.  Benchmark           

                  3.  MCTV Budget

                  4.  Attendance Policy

                  5.  ACM Memberships               

                      

     VI.       Announcements

VII.       Adjournment.  Next meeting,

             September 14,  2005

 

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION

FEBRUARY 9, 2005

 

PRESENT: Don Deibert; Todd DuBois, Roy Green, Fred Johnson, Linda Malekadeli

 

ABSENT:  Jim Huber; Bob Granstra

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Ron Beacom – MCTV; Melissa Barnard – Library; Brandi Pfohl – Secretary

 

I.                     CALL To Order

By Malekadeli at 7pm

 

II.                   APPROVAL - of November 10, 2004 minutes

Minutes approved as submitted

 

III.                  PUBLIC Comments

None

 

IV.               OLD Business

1.      Goals 2004-05

Beacom reviewed goals.  Goal 4 – improve communication with community - Beacom suggested adding the commission members e-mail addresses to MCTV’s web site for the public to contact a commission member.  Malekadeli stated she liked the idea.  Deibert stated a member of the commission should be willing to be contacted by the public.  Johnson stated he wouldn’t be comfortable responding to questions regarding policy. He didn’t see an advantage because he would always have to refer e-mails to Beacom.  Green questioned whether there’s a specific amount of time to respond similar to response time for Freedom of Information Act requests. Beacom said FOIA is a more formal process. Barnard stated commission can’t hold e-mail discussions with other members to answer a question.  Johnson wants to know what their obligation is in terms of their response to a question and the timeliness of that response.

 

2.      Subscriber Survey

Beacom reviewed subscriber survey presented at November meeting.  CMU’s estimated cost of survey was $16,000, much higher than what was speculated. Will look at other options to measure viewership (focus groups, mail survey, etc).

 

3.      Access User Survey

Beacom reviewed the process to annually survey MCTV access users.  Summary of survey in agenda packet.  Green questioned whether the lottery system was working.  Beacom stated having many sports and music programs move to MPS-TV 17 from MCTV 3 has opened up time on channel 3 which has benefited the replay of special programs. In terms of series and the lottery, there have been no complaints that the lottery isn’t fair. Of the programs that moved to MCTV 15, those producers haven’t complained.  Johnson asked if MCTV has done any orientation/training with the high schools, i.e drama clubs to enlist future access users.  Beacom stated MCTV hasn’t specifically recruited those kids but some of those behind the scenes kids have participated through the high school video communications class. Something to consider.  Diebert asked whether kids do the camera work for the programs on

MPS-TV 17.  Beacom stated much of the sports and music programs are produced by access users. Kids work on the Zoom program and may work on some other programs for the schools.

 

V.                 NEW Business

Benchmark – Beacom reviewed past benchmark surveys done.   Asked what other questions commission would like to ask.  Malekadeli stated population & number of subscribers for each community.  DuBois number of hours of original programming, and what their process is for determining time slots. 

 

VI.               ANNOUNCEMENTS

Beacom invited commission to attend a trade show and Alliance for Community Media state chapter workshop in Lansing on Tuesday, March 8. Only cost is lunch. Beacom also promoted the ACM regional conference in Indianapolis, March 31-April 2 and the Fall Conference in Kentucky.

 

Access User of the month for February is commission member Roy Green. Green stated it’s a unique opportunity to participate in the Midland community.

 

Training is being offered by the City on Saturday, March 12 for board and commission members. It will contain a variety of subjects to help conduct meetings and deal with the public.  Johnson would like information from the City Attorney on proper procedure when citizens make contact with a commission member.  Beacom stated he could get that information.

 

Beacom said the terms for two commission members expire in June: Granstra and Green.

City will contact them to find out if they want to apply for a new term.

 

           

VII.              ADJOURNMENT – Next meeting, May 11, 2005

Meeting adjourned at 7:56pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV.      Old Business

 

1. CAAC Goals for 2004-05

 

1.   Benchmark study of comparable access centers in Michigan

a.      Volume of users

b.      Facility/equipment use

c.      Programs submitted

d.      Budget

 

2.   Develop plan/recommendation for community/subscriber/user survey

a.      Determine viewership of all access channels

b.      Determine viewership of types of programs

c.      Determine awareness of access facilities and equipment

 

3.   Promote use of public access

a.      Continue Commissioner PR spots on MCTV

b.   Develop Speaker’s Bureau for service club presentations

 

4.  Improve commission communication with the community/users

a.   MCTV website

b.   Access User survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Community:

Ann Arbor

Battle Creek

City of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids - GRTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Population:

115,000

53,000 / 92,000 all cable

200,000

Kent County - 550,000;                  City of: 200,00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Provider

Comcast

Comcast

Comcast

Comcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscribers reached

34,000 city &  82,000

system wide

aprox. 23,000

46,000

125,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Operation

Municipal

Non-profit

Municipal

Non-profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Channels

4

3

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Type/Location

17-Public;                                   18-Education;                            16-Government;                          19-City public info.

9 - local weather           

11- public                         12-gov/Ed

26 - Government

24 - Public                                 25 - Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget

$1,300,000 franchise fee (1,000,000) and PEG

capital fee (300,000)

386,000

$100,000 - City's General Fund

830K-580K -franchise;

100K service rev.;               125K grants;                              25K misc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of users

561

185 active;                          375 on list

0

1400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of staff

11 full time

4 full time & 3 part-time

1

18 - full time; part time and contract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facility/Equipment

Studio hrs - 649  

Camcorder used - 338       

Edit hrs. - 948

Studio 475 uses                 Edit rms 1,332 uses         Camcorders 651 uses    Remote 94 uses

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. Programs Public, Education, Government

1900

1,198

1 per week; occasional specials

135 series;                              400 non-series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Original Programming

 

Process to determine time slots

2400

 

First come first served.

Every 2yrs, request new slots. Priority to: 1. produced with CTN equip,  2. Locally produced                  3. Local sponsorsed produced in MI. 4. Local sponsored produced outside of MI. 

1,174

 

First come first served

2 per week

 

Autocratic decision making

140 per week

 

First come first served priority given to local then outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community:

Clawson

Hartland

Lake Orion

Midland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Population:

13,000

12,000

38,000

42,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Provider

Comcast & Wide Open West

Comcast

Comcast

Charter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscribers reached

unknown

3,500

8,000

20,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Operation

Volunteer & Educational

Twp. operates P&G

Non-profit

Municipal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Channels

3

2

3

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Type/Location

Educational channel;          

Non-profit runs public;       

City runs government

1 - P & G                                      1 - Education

10 - Public                               20 - Government                   22 - Education

3 - Public                                      5 - Government                                     15 -Message                       

17 - Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget

No formal budget; taken from district budget & supplemented by sales of copies of programs.

$90,000 - 5% franchise fee

$275,835 franchise fee

454K Franchise Fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of users

20 volunteers

unknown

50-75 active 275 on list

100 active 142 on list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of staff

0

3 part time

4.5

4 full time,                                  6 part time                                    1 intern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facility/Equipment

studio in high school; control room w/5 playback decks; bulletin board computer; editing computer & old school bus as remote.

unknown

n/a

Cameras 397x;                        Edits - 553x;                             Studio 400x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. Programs Public, Education, Government

50

n/a

Public 302; Educational 13; Government 71

Public & Govt. 1127 

Education 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Original Programming

 

 

 

Process to determine time slots

8am - midnight, 5-6 programs

a day

 

 

ASAP, most recent

n/a

 

 

 

Public:                                         M-W-F-Sun - 4-11pm;                   Th-Sat 4-7pm                                 Government:                                Th-Sa 7-10pm &

daily 2-4pm

Public 3,650; Educational 26; Government 198.5

 

 

Staff assigned, try to accommodate special requests

Aprox 45hrs for Govt.               76hrs Series &

26hrs Specials for Public;                79.5 for Education

Series lottery held 1x year for new time slots; First come first serve for specials, Staff decides Govt. prog. Schools Personnel for Education channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community:

Mt. Pleasant

Saginaw

Troy

Traverse City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Population:

45,000

59,000

80,959

15,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Provider

Charter

Charter

Comcast & Wide Open West

Charter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscribers reached

13,626

N/A

50-60,000

28,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Operation

Consortium w/

11 communities

City govt.

Municipal

Consortium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Channels

3

1

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Type/Location

3 - Public                         

26 - Government           

18 - Education

Govt. access

10 - Govt.                                   15 - Education                              18 - Public

2 - PEG;                                   13 & 63 - Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget

$160,000 Franchise Fee

55,000 general fund.

Under Community Affairs Dept. Budget for staff & resources other than just cable

144,000-80,000 from Charter; 64000 Consortium governments. Fees into govt. coffers, support then is tax money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of users

140 central studio

0

no outside users; some for school sporting events

400, 20 active at any given time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of staff

2.5

2

1 full time, 3 part time

2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facility/Equipment

TBD

n/a

only used by staff

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. Programs Public, Education, Government

TBD

6 per month

only Govt. prog. No outside

351 locally produced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Original Programming

6hrs or more daily

10 per month

30-50 per month

832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Process to determine time slots

Lottery for public

n/a

Community Affairs Director

producers pick on first come first served.  Then coordinator picks.