What's next for public access in Seattle?

Last fall, the Seattle City Council voted to reduce funding for public access television. Local community TV nonprofit SCAN-TV will continue to provide programming on cable channels 23/77 on an interim shoestring basis through mid-2011, when the City plans to begin a new, long-term contract with a public access provider.

What will public access TV look like in Seattle after this June? The budget cut means that a new provider will have to make do with dramatically fewer resources than have been available through 2010. How can web video or other Internet-enabled distribution systems augment cable TV? Will a new, trimmed-down public access provider still be able to offer training and studio resources to new video producers?

The City is holding a meeting on Jan. 11 to gather public input on its process for seeking a new public access provider. The community may have just a few opportunities to help shape the future of public access in Seattle--don't miss it! The meeting takes place Tues, Jan. 11, 2011, 6:30-8:30 pm at Garfield Community Center (23rd and Cherry).

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