As a producer of Public Access Shows (152 in the last 2 1/2 years), I am concerned that this valuable service is proposed for elimination.  Originally, Public Access services were required of all Commercial Cable Companies by Federal Law.  I believe that that Federal Law is still in effect but the change-over from Los Angeles City-control to California State-control of the Public Access System is associated with the closure of our Public Access Studios.  What this will do to TV stations that display the shows (including my YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL shows) is hard to say … but I am assuming that all Public Access shows will be off the air.
This is a major loss to Free Speech and the public’s access to information which is not provided on the usual commercial TV stations.
Please help us, the producers of Public Access TV Programs, to continue our activities.
Thank you,
Daniel Wiseman
Founder, YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Public Access, TV) programs

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  1. AG Says:

    Citizen public access is community and neighborhood TV. The federal govt. mandated this public TV, rightfully years ago. This issue is being ’sand-bagged’ by the LA govt officials who are trying to STOP citizen TV. I have been connected to public access since 80’s when things cost producer’s real money to producer a show. When things got better in the last decade, the quality of these shows got better with the digital medium and compouter editting.
    This issue should be wider publicized because it is just another restriction of community free speech, much like the new gestapo govt push to have the old ridiculously named ‘fairness doctrine’ re-insitutued on public radio. Let the people be heard and let public comment on these issues happen at the city’s committe hearings.
    **Why isn’t there any special TV notices on Channel 36 about these city’s and state’s citizen TV channel closure, the city’s cable TV channel or elsewhere in public newspapers and blogs?
    Try googling it and you get very little notice. This looks like a power play by the govt to remove citizen TV shows from the public airwaves. Activism is the only way to fight this draconian gestapo tactics. Get innformed and get active…they take this away

  2. Marie Westphalen Says:

    This is unheard of! Public Access TV is so worthwhile for so many reasons.
    Please listen to the masses.

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