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At their June 28 meeting, Asheville City Council members agreed to partner with Buncombe County in seeking options for a new community media project to replace the defunct WNC Community Media Center. Council also unanimously passed a request to rezone part of the property occupied by Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville.
Tonight, Asheville City Council will consider issuing a call for proposals, partnering with Buncombe County, for an outside group to provide “community media development” following the collapse of the WNC Community Media Center. However, the proposal does not specify that a public access television channel to replace the defunct URTV must be part of the deal, and the funding the governments would provide expires after three years.
Asheville CIty Council tackles two potentially tough issues at its June 28 meeting tonight: the future of the now-defunct public-access channel and a proposal to rezone property at Sunny Point Cafe from a residential to a business classification.
I was a producer at URTV for a year, for the show A Question of Meaning. I greatly valued the opportunity to broadcast ideas to the Asheville area. It fast became clear that URTV was in trouble, and that a lot of the trouble had to do with the director. I haven’t said anything publicly […]
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporters Jake Frankel and David Forbes discuss proposed changes to the Asheville Transit System, the fate of local public access station URTV and updates from the last session of Asheville City Council.
On recommendations from staff, Asheville City Council’s Finance Committee decided earlier today not to renew its contract with URTV, and to put out a request for another entity to take over its public access role.
Administrative Services Director Lauren Bradley presents city staff’s recommendations on URTV. Photo by Jerry Nelson.
Several members of the WNC Community Media Center Board of Directors have resigned, raising more questions about its solvency.
The city of Asheville begins an inventory today of equipment at the public access channel URTV, currently in the midst of a dispute with Buncombe County over funds, and Lauren Bradley, the city’s administrative services director, tells Xpress that the channel will go dark in one to two weeks as equipment is removed. She adds that staff are not recommending a renewal of the center’s contract with the city.
The WNC Community Media Center has shut down studio operations while it continues to look for funding and production alternatives that would keep public-access television station URTV on the air. The nonprofit organization closed its facility at 31 College Place in downtown Asheville on Saturday night, May 14.
Here’s a list of some highlights from the May 3 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
In this edition of Local Matters, Xpress News Editor Margaret Williams talks to reporter Jake Frankel about URTV’s possible legal filing against Buncombe County, and to reporter David Forbes about a controversial state move to takeover control of the Asheville Regional Airport, updates from City Council and the recent announcement of a congressional bid by Council member Cecil Bothwell.
Buncombe County and The WNC Community Media Center, which operates public access television station URTV, continue to wrangle over funding issues. We’ve made several documents that help illustrate the dispute available for download.
(UPDATED MAY 1) This working draft of a letter from the WNC Community Media Center Board of Directors demands that Buncombe County distribute “outstanding fees” to the nonprofit organization so it can continue operating public access station URTV. As of May 1, The WNC Media Center Board was still working on the final text of […]
Download the original Management Agreement between public access television station URTV and Buncombe County below. Whether or not the contract remained valid after Feb. 1, 2010 is in dispute. URTV.Buncombe_.CONTRACT_.pdf
This presentation by the WNC Community Media Center was put together to make its case to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for more funding. The request by the WNC Community Media Center’s board to present the presentation at the April 19 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners was denied. Click the hyper […]
This legal memo was written by Buncombe County Attorney Michael Frue at the instruction of Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt. It outlines the county’s legal position as it relates to PEG channel funding and URTV and was released to interested parties on April 25. Click the hyper link below to download the […]
This report on PEG channel funding and local public access station URTV was delivered to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on April 5 by John Howell of Telecommunications Consulting Associates, who advises the county on media issues. Click the hyper link below to download the report: JohnHowellReportApril5.URTV_.pdf
In this edition of Local Matters, Xpress reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel discuss the Stand Against Racism event, the scandal-tinged timing around the retirement of APD Chief Bill Hogan, and the details of the latest Buncombe County Commission meeting.
The Western North Carolina Media Center, which operates public access television station URTV, circulated the following press release at the April 19 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
A look at what’s been making headlines.