CCTV held its annual meeting for members on Jan. 10 and announced that plans are underway to curtail operations later this year.
CCTV is a volunteer-led organization and was founded in 2004 to provide public, education and government programming on Comcast channels 8, 9 and 99 using franchise fees that are paid by cable subscribers, provided to the town and directed to CCTV. The town is currently planning to run the cable TV operations directly through a town department beginning in October.
Several members in attendance voiced concerns about media independence and learned that the Select Board is working on establishing a new committee to ensure that the three parts of PEG programming receive the support and oversight necessary for continued programming. Other members stated that the reasoning behind the town’s desire to take over television programming might be unclear to local citizens.
CCTV “has not received any formal complaints” about service, according to Neville Webb, president.
“We built it well,” stated another attendee. “That may explain why Concord wants more control.”
Program schedules, membership information and video-on-demand access to previous meeting coverage and events can be found at concordtv.org. Watch the schedules for Government Channel 9 to learn about live and taped coverage of the meeting and hearings that precede 2018 Concord Town Meeting.