Seattle access channel hires new director

[SCAN announcement]

J. Marshall Parker has been appointed to serve as the new Executive Director of Seattle based SCAN Community Media. In making the announcement, Daniel Hannah, SCAN Board Chair said, We are particularly pleased to be adding someone with Marshall's broad background to our team, as this is clearly an exciting time for the future of SCAN and our role of fostering the ongoing development of community based media in this area.

Mr. Parker comes from Houston (Texas) MediaSource where he has served as the organization's Interim Executive Director. "I am just delighted to have been selected to lead SCAN in its future endeavors," Parker said. "Seattle is such a wonderful city and I'm really looking forward to being part of the local community media scene here."

Mr. Parker succeeds Ann Suter, who after 4 years as SCAN's Executive Director and 3 years as a Board member, is taking some time off to pursue other interests. "Ann led the organization through the last franchise negotiation with the City of Seattle and secured five more years of full funding," Hannah said. "It was a huge undertaking, and all of us involved with community media recognize this achievement, and wish her only the best."

Mr. Hannah went on to say that Mr. Parker will begin his new role on November 1st, and is currently in the process of relocating his family from Houston. Hannah added, "Marshall will be joining a great staff, who have been working incredibly hard over the last couple of months to renovate the north Seattle studios and playback operations. We're all really looking forward to showing off the many new facility upgrades as well as giving folks the opportunity to meet Marshall next month." Mike Roberge has been named SCAN's Interim Executive Director until Mr. Parker arrives.

SCAN is a citizens' media communication center providing channels for diverse expression and community development through access to non-commercial television. Through a management contract with the City of Seattle, SCAN has cablecast in excess of 20,000 hours of programming over the last 5 years. SCAN is located at 1125 North 98th Street in Seattle, and is carried on cable channel 29/77 over Comcast Cable and Millennium Digital Media throughout King, and parts of South Snohomish Counties. For more information, contact SCAN at (206) 522-4758 or visit the SCAN website at: www.scantv.org

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