Backstage: FCAT board sets underwriting policies |

Backstage: FCAT board sets underwriting policies

Foothills Community Access Television’s board of directors established underwriting policies for local-access television producers at a Jan. 10 meeting.

In response to concerns expressed by a group of FCAT members about commercialism , the organization was directed by the Grass Valley City Council to clarify its policies. The city contracts with nonprofit FCAT to provide noncommercial public-access services for channel 11 on AT&T’s cable service in western Nevada County.

FCAT vice president Susan Rogers said she researched the issues surrounding independent production and the quantity and types of underwriting credits the station should allow.

The board voted to follow Federal Communications Commission guidelines on wording allowed in underwriting credits and to maintain the existing 12 credits allowed per program.

According to Rogers, guidelines dictate that underwriting not contain promotional language, including pricing information, calls to action, inducements to buy, and comparative or qualitative language.

In other FCAT news, the organization will hold its annual meeting and election of directors at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Fellerson Room at the County Superintendent of Schools Office on the corner of Ridge and Zion roads, Nevada City.

Directors running for re-election are Patty Kenyon, Gary Peterson, Rogers and Terry Shields. New candidates are Tracy Corris, Michael McGeahan, Dick Mentzer, Barry Strejcek and Adam Szwarc. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. The public is welcome.

Nine spots are open on the FCAT board.

Call FCAT at 272-7031 for more information.

“Bridges That

Stand” recognized

Jim Folger of Lake Wildwood recently finished his first novel, based in part on his experiences in World War II with the 394th Bomb Group-586th Bomb Squadron.

“Bridges that Stand” was featured as a “Staff Recommends” selection on the iUniverse Bookstore Web site from last Monday to Sunday.

The novel will also be highlighted on the Web site as a rotating search-or-browse result next week.

“We have 10,000 titles, and just a few are selected for this honor,” said Jill Rodgers, an iUniverse customer service representation.

The site address is

Folger hopes the recognition will encourage younger generations to learn more about history.

– Carol Feineman

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