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A locally-produced video entitled "Public Access TV: A Community Voice" is available for loan to local non-profit agencies, civic organizations, and citizens groups.

The 25-minute video features footage of public access programming from around the nation, plus comments from local community leaders. Public access cable TV enables citizens and local civic organizations to create and broadcast programming about issues of local community interest.

"There's a lot of misconceptions about public access TV," says Wally Bowen, founder of Citizens for Media Literacy, the local non-profit group which produced the video. "This short video shows how public access works in other communities, and how it could work in Asheville," he says.

With the City of Asheville still struggling to launch a public access channel, and with Buncombe County preparing to negotiate a new cable TV contract, the time is right for citizens to learn more about how public access TV works, Bowen added.

"A Community Voice" was produced by Citizens for Media Literacy with a grant from the Dogwood Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Support was also provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. New Context Video Productions of Asheville shot and edited "A Community Voice."

The video is available on-loan to any civic group in WNC at no charge. To schedule a screening of the video for your civic group, call 255-0182 or email


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