CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
PRESENT: Don Deibert, Bob Granstra,
ALSO PRESENT: Ron Beacom – MCTV, Melissa Barnard – Library, Brandi Pfohl – Secretary
I. CALL To Order
By Malekadeli at
Minutes approved as submitted.
III. PUBLIC Comments
IV. OLD Business
1. CAAC Goals
Beacom reviewed goals.
Goal 2: Promote awareness of public access
A- Beacom stated he is available for service club presentations,
C- Billy Bethune, MCTV Production Assistant will be working with commission members to produce public service announcements (PSAs).
Goal 3: Host
2. Annual Report, 2004-2005
Beacom stated City Council accepted the report without comment through the consent agenda at the October 10 meeting.
3. Federal Legislation
Beacom reviewed the legislation that threatens existing franchise agreements and fees. Malekadeli called for the public to contact their representatives to state their views against the legislation.
1. Ku Klux Klan
Beacom stated the program “This is The Klan” was submitted for cablecast by Randy Gray. He has received 3 emails in opposition and City Hall received 3 emails also in opposition. Green questioned if the 3 emails MCTV and City Hall received were from the same people. Beacom stated no. Granstra questioned why the first airing was at . Beacom said through the Rules and Procedures the staff has some leeway to schedule programs which are considered “specials.” With the submission of a second program, Beacom said it’s now considered an “outside series” and therefore falls under different guidelines which require it to be shown during the day during the week as long as the producer doesn’t check off boxes that indicate the program contains adult language, violence, etc. Granstra asked whether the producer checks off the boxes for time shifting or the staff. Beacom stated it falls on the responsibility of the producer; staff cannot preview programs because if a program were previewed and prevented from being cablecast, the City could be found in court to violate a person’s First Amendment rights or if the program was previewed and approved, the City could be a party to the program if a court later found the program to be obscene, etc. Malekadeli asked if a child appropriate time was considered when scheduling the program. Beacom said it’s fair to say most people would say there is no appropriate time for the program to be shown.
2. Budget Response Plan Resolution commission support cable communication fund as submitted by city staff
Beacom reviewed the cable
franchise fund response plan. (Agenda packet)
Malekadeli asked how many new users a year. Pfohl stated 30-40 on average. Granstra asked how many free copies are made
in a year. Beacom stated approximately
180 last year. Green asked what is
involved in the audit with Charter.
Beacom stated the auditors make sure everything that should be included
in the franchise fee is included. Also
stated an audit has not been done in a few years. There is no guarantee anything additional
will be found. Deibert asked when the
non-renewal of the payment to
4 yeas – Deibert, Malekadeli, Granstra, Green
1 nay - Huber.
Resolution stating commission support cable communication fund as submitted by city staff.
Huber stated the
Beacom stated the theme for the conference
is “Raise Your Voice” with Missy Davert, director of the Center for Independent
Living as the keynote speaker. Highlight
events include a hospitality bus tour of
2. Honors Night
The Rosemarie Byers Community Voice Award was given to the Midland Area Community Foundation. Char Rosin, Angel & Julie De Jesus and Judy Rose received MCTV’s highest individual honor, the Community Voice Award.
“Northwood Football Replay,” produced by Bob
Hartley, won the Philo T. Farnsworth award in the sports talk category while
MCTV itself was a finalist in the
ADJOURNMENT – Next meeting,
Meeting adjourned at