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,"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.