Debating the merits of public-access TV

Debates aren’t only for presidential candidates.

Next week, Executive Director Wally Bowen of the Mountain Area Information Network, a champion of public-access TV, will debate vocal public-access TV opponent Chad Nesbitt, the chairman of Citizens for Decency in Broadcasting. Two other speakers (yet to be named) will also appear, and all participants will field audience questions.

Tom Coulson of the local chapter of Common Cause will moderate the debate. Common Cause has been a leader in the fight against media consolidation.

Since there’s no public-access TV station yet, you’ll have to attend in person if you’re interested in the issue.

The debate is scheduled to take place from 6:15 to 8 p.m. in Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium (67 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville).

For more info, contact Coulson at (828) 683-9354 or

— Tracy Rose


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