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TV studio project with Solano College wins Fairfield council approval

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From page A8 | December 18, 2013 | 4 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A pact with Solano College to allow the city to operate the TV studio at the college in exchange for modernizing studio equipment won Fairfield City Council approval Tuesday – a $200,000 project that City Councilwoman Pam Bertani says she hopes brings more dynamic programs.

“This is a great idea,” she said. New programs could improve the weather forecasts and flowers now shown on Channel 26, she said.

The city vacated the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts in 2012, a city staff report noted, and has been without a studio for Channel 26 and 27 programming. The pact provides the college with access to Channel 28 for educational programs.

Mayor Harry Price praised the partnership.

“Having the city work this closely with the college expands opportunity for everybody in Fairfield,” he said.

Funding for studio equipment will come from public, education and government access fees provided the city under its agreement with Comcast Cable, a staff report to the council stated. Previously approved but unspent appropriations will be used so that only $130,000 in new spending is necessary, the staff report said.

The agreement will enhance the college curriculum and “create a rich pool of unpaid student interns” to develop content for Channels 26, 27 and 28 as well as staff event broadcasting for the city and Solano College, according to the city staff report.

Fairfield officials asked Solano College about using the TV studio and the five-year pact between the city and the community college followed. Fairfield representatives spoke Oct. 2 before the college board. The Solano Community College governing board will take up the agreement Wednesday. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at 360 Campus Lane, Suite 201, in Fairfield.

David White, assistant city manager, said Solano College’s interests include providing more sports broadcasting.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • The MisterDecember 18, 2013 - 6:46 am

    Kind of makes you wonder what the City leaders in Vacaville are doing with all their PEG money. The "Government" channel is nice enough; there is no "Education" broadcasting component in Vacaville; and the "Public Access" gets ZERO money from the Comcast PEG agreement with the City of Vacaville. Come on, Vacaville, tell us what good you've done with all that Comcast money that is earmarked for the public good? How much have you given to Vacaville Public Access? (The answer is ZERO!) Please give the people an accounting of this money... money that is supposed to be for the benefit of the people, not the benefit of city government.

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  • eyeson27December 18, 2013 - 11:17 am

    The comment by 'The Mister' is right on the "money"...where is the monies and support for Access Channel 27? The city of Vacaville needs to be held accountable for leaving the station out in the cold. Where is all that money going from Comcast? More than likely to the government channel 26, and what about the educational channel? Vacaville doesn't even have one up and running, why is that??? So is all the monies for the PEG channels going to just channel 26? Isn't that a violation of FCC regulations???? If Public Access 27 closes down because the city of Vacaville has no regard for the station nor the best interest of the public in mind, is Channel 26, the 'government channel' going to air public submitted content? Where are the people "us" to go to submit our content with no Public Access available? That is what PEG is there for, to give people an avenue to air their content on television. One can not do that without public access. I highly commend the city of Fairfield for their commitment to PEG and their community. Unfortunately the city of Vacaville does not share the same concerns for their own residents. Very sad indeed.

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  • paidforherstudiosDecember 18, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Mark Mazzaferro is head of the government channel 26 in Vacaville. The question of where the money goes for PEG and why channel 27 does not receive any of it needs to be ask of Mr. Mazzaferro and the City Council of Vacaville itself.

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  • next doorDecember 18, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    These community access channels apply only to cable subscribers if you get your TV over the air (FREE TV) you can't get community access channels it's like your not part of the community. I think that Solano County should obtaine a TV Channel for over the air brodcastr of community intrest and use the sub channles for each city in the county

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