A plan for a new nonprofit to carry on public access television after the impending closure of Nevada County Digital Media Center was frequently described by using the phoenix metaphor at a Thursday meeting to discuss the latter’s last days.
The plan for Nevada County TV/Media Arts, or NCCTV, to pick up the Digital Media Center’s mission following its board’s decision to shutter the station was announced Thursday by Keith Logan, a sustainability consultant, and Dan Holler, who recently resigned as the City of Grass Valley’s administrator.
“It is possible, based on the limited operating capitol, to create and run a new station,” Logan said at a Thursday meeting of the Media Center’s board, which was meeting to discuss the procedural dismantling of the organization, its assets and its legal obligations.
About 30 people were crammed into the small board room at the Media Center in Nevada City Thursday, which was the first time the station’s producers had a chance to confront their board for their mid-August decision to close Nevada County Television (NCTV).
The first speaker called for the board member’s resignation, and he wasn’t the last one to do so Thursday. But both outgoing Executive Director Lew Sitzer and Board President Karin Marinovich defended the board, saying that NCTV’s operating model is no longer sustainable.
Although NCCTV is in the process of obtaining state nonprofit tax exemption certification, NCCTV has already outlined its finances, its two proponents said. Among its business plan, Logan and Holler outlined how the new entity would take on all three aspects of Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) television on a $10,000 operating budget, Logan said.
“NCCTV is designed to continue the current PEG programming but as a separate entity from the former (digital media center), with a revising operating plan, providing clients with PEG programming and broadcasts,” reads a portion of the sprouting agency’s business plan. “It is possible to create a new entity, without the baggage and legal liability of the current setup,” Logan said.
Already, NCCTV has eyed a meager 400-square-foot location, Logan said, that has the infrastructure to continue to produce programming, but not broadcast live.
“This would be a much smaller operation,” he said, who would function as a proposed entity’s executive director.
While Logan and Holler’s proposal garnered widespread support by attending producers and the NCTV board, time is not on anyone’s side.
“Why isn’t anyone talking about raising funds instead of just closing the doors?” asked Nevada County resident Patricia Smith.
“We cannot ask people to put money into an operation that we feel has very little chance of being successful structured the way it is now,” Marinovich responded.
The Media Center’s board voted Thursday to set an Oct. 15 close date to end programming, which would allow time to disperse equipment to Nevada County-preferred nonprofits and vacate its leased premises.
However, that date was approved unanimously by the board with the caveat that should an estimated $10,000 in donations become available, they would be able to stall the shuttering until Nov. 1 to allow more time for Holler and Logan’s proposed agency to finalize their arrangements.
“We can’t request the funds,” said Craig Porter, the second in command of the Media Center board.
“If there are interested parties that want to contribute, to donate, as a board we would have to accept that donation.”
Holler indicated that NCCTV, which he proposes to advise voluntarily as a cofounder, could likely have its location secured by the end of October.
But getting that new agency’s Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation status approved by the state could take between 60 and 90 days, Holler also said.
“I’m totally on board. I don’t think you have to think about it,” said longtime producer Randy Hansen about the NCCTV proposal. “It is a plan, it makes sense.”
To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
“It is possible, based on the limited operating capitol, to create and run a new station.”