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:
WNCCMC will not be closing its doors at this time as originally announced. The Board of WNCCMC is looking at legal and financial obligations and responsibilities of due process.
Due to monies owed WNCCMC and the fiscal responsibility (culpability) by contract with Buncombe County Board of Commissioners WNCCMC requests that bills and funds be paid.
Additionally, the vice president of the WNC Community Media Center’s board, Bob Horn, added the following statement in his comments to the commissioners:
This Commission is still in a position to release the PEG monies already owed to WNCCMC / URTV to avoid legal action presently planned on the part of all aggrieved parties by agreement before the close of this session and delivered by 10 a.m. Wednesday [ April 20].
On April 3, the Media Center announced it would shut down operations April 30 unless additional funding is immediately forthcoming.