Community television station NCTV (Nevada County Television) is making big moves as it transitions from a public access TV station to a state-of-the-art "community media center" operated by the Nevada County Digital Media Center.
The station plans to expand and move its studio into production facilities space subleased from Grass Valley USA LLC (formerly known as Grass Valley Group) on Providence Mine Road in Nevada City. The move from the former Armory at Nevada City Highway and Ridge Road is anticipated to begin by the end of the year.
The operation of NCTV was assumed by the Nevada County Digital Media Center, a new California public benefit corporation, after approval by the county Board of Supervisors in April. The Media Center is certified as a 501(c)(3) educational and charitable nonprofit corporation.
Its board of directors is substantially the same as the former NCTV board.
"We're very excited by opportunities the community media center will be able to provide ... through access to digital equipment, new training programs, and production and distribution of diverse digital media content," said Media Center Executive Director Paul Minicucci. "Eventually, we'll be able to expand to 12,000 square feet, with multiple training rooms and a wide range of programs and activities."
The Media Center states its mission is "to encourage, inspire and enable citizens of Nevada County to use digital media to promote free speech, increase civic engagement, and enrich the cultural life of our community."
NCTV will continue to produce and broadcast programs in western Nevada County on its website at www.nevadacountytv.org, on TV for Comcast cable subscribers on channels 11 and 17, and for Suddenlink TV subscribers on channels 16 and 17.