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.
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