A week after appeals to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for more funding went unmatched, the WNC Media Center continues to drift towards closing its doors April 30.
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The commish report: Buncombe County commissioners’ April 5 session
From URTV’s funding to a proclamation recogizing Otto DeBruhl for his many years as Register of Deeds, here’s a meeting summary from freelance reporter Christopher George, along with his Twitter updates from the April 5 meeting of the Buncombe County Board Commissioners.
WNC Community Media Center: Without more funding we will close our doors
The WNC Community Media Center will shut down operations April 30 unless additional funding is immediately forthcoming, according to a press release from the local private 501 (c)(3) Arts Service Organization, which manages URTV, the public access cable channel for Buncombe County and the City of Asheville.
Buncombe County Commissioners preview: Board gains ***UPDATED WITH APPOINTMENTS***
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will kick off the month with what looks to be a short meeting. Topping the light Feb. 1 agenda, commissioners will consider appointing candidates to the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission, the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee, the Civic Center Commission and the URTV Board.
WNC Media Center launches new website, posts public records
In an email sent out to subscribers, the WNC Media Center—home of public-access TV station URTV—announced the launch of a new website that includes its public records.
URTV: Channel vision
Depending on who you talk to, URTV is either facing imminent shutdown or adequately funded through next June. In the space of a few weeks, representatives of the public-access channel have given widely conflicting accounts of its financial status. “We’ll be out of money as of August,” Executive Director Pat Garlinghouse stated early last month […]
Lights, cameras, action! URTV offers Youth Video Camp
Recent controversies and budget worries aren’t keeping the WNC Media Center from holding its annual Youth Video Camp. There’s still a few open spots for the program, which runs July 19—22 and offers campers the opportunity to work as a group to write, shoot and edit a short film.
Buncombe audit: URTV didn’t misuse funds, but failed to follow open meeting laws
An internal audit by Buncombe County on the state of public access channel URTV has found “no indication funds have been spent inappropriately [but] URTV has failed to adequately understand and comply with open meeting laws” and faces a “financial crisis.”
Buncombe Commissioners: We will not bail out URTV
At its June 15 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners refused to give any additional funds to URTV as it faces closure in September after hearing from producers. A compilation of live tweets from the June 15 meeting.
Without more funds, URTV will close in September ***Updated Thurs. 11:30 a.m.***
Unless additional funding is received, public-access channel URTV — now known as the WNC Media Center — will cease operation in September of this year, according to a notice sent last week to the city of Asheville and Buncombe County. Both city and county officials claim that URTV is receiving funding as it always has.
Buncombe Commissioners consider budget, URTV situations
A compilation of live tweets from the June 1 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
Asheville City Council preview: Jan. 26 meeting
Council looks at restructuring the Housing Trust Fund, URTV and its own invocations.
Asheville City Council brief: Oct. 13 meeting
URTV gets 90-day extension, Reid Center inches forward and the Montford Commons developer asks city for $9 million partnership.
Asheville City Council preview: Oct. 13 meeting
Montford Commons developers ask for city partnership, Council discusses URTV “action plan” and Reid Center funding.
Asheville City Council preview: Sept. 8 meeting
Can Asheville give preference on stimulus projects to local contractors?
URTV attorney responds to Council committee
A letter from the Van Winkle law firm asks the Boards and Commissions Committee for facts to back up allegations by critics.
URTV in Asheville and Buncombe County
In these management agreements, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County lay out the terms of operation for public access channel URTV, including how and by whom URTV services can be used and the obligations of each party. Click here to read the city agreement. Click here to read the county agreement. • In this […]
Council committee to URTV: Right your own ship
A letter to URTV heads outlines problems, hints that funding may be on the line
URTV board will vote on new members tomorrow
The URTV board of directors will vote on new board members in a special meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4:30 p.m. in URTV’s studios, according to a notice on the public-access channel’s Web site.
Asheville City Council brief
Council adopts sustainability plan, delays both URTV appointment and 51 Biltmore purchase.
URTV removes board member
On Monday, the URTV Board of Directors voted, with one abstention, to remove Richard Bernier from his post, in a resolution asserting that in his outspoken criticism of the station’s management he had not dealt with conflicts correctly. Bernier replied that he was trying to bring up important issues of transparency that many of the other directors had ignored.