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City appointments committee to develop Community TV Access Plan

Posted by boston.com  January 25, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the City of Medford:

Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn today announced the establishment of a Community Access TV Committee to determine the future structure of public, educational, and government access television in the City of Medford.

Mayor McGlynn has appointed Father “Chip” Hines, Frederick Laskey, and Allison Goldsberry to the committee.  Father Chip, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Medford, will serve as the Committee Chair.  Father Chip co-hosts Catholic TV’s movie review show “Spotlight.”  Laskey, Executive Director of the MWRA, formerly co-hosted a show in Medford about energy issues.  Goldsberry is the webmaster for the Medford Public Schools and City of Medford.  She teaches web design at Medford High School and is also in charge of the school’s educational access TV station.

The Community Access TV Committee will develop the guiding principles for the future of community access television in the City of Medford.

“I look at this as an opportunity to search for fresh approaches to community access television that are based on a foundation of transparency and inclusiveness and that also allow for the fullness of artistic and individual expression,” said Mayor McGlynn.

The Committee seeks to develop a plan for vibrant community access television in Medford that includes educational and community programming, locally produced content, broadcasts of public meetings and events, increased learning opportunities for students interested in media production, community classes, and enhanced online video capacity.

The Committee’s first organizational meeting will be Monday, February 3 at 6:30pm in the Medford High School Library.  Meetings seeking public input will be announced following the first organizational meeting.  The Committee will also have an email address and other important forms of contact to receive public feedback and comments.  These will also be announced following the Committee’s first meeting.

The Community Access TV Committee will present its recommendations to the Mayor by Memorial Day.

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