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FCAT future picture fuzzy

Foothills Community Access Television is scheduled to sign off Friday, possibly leaving the fate of public access television in Nevada County in the dark.

However, a proposal coming before the Grass Valley City Council Tuesday could allow FCAT to stay on the air and allow for a successful takeover by county Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer.

Several weeks ago, the council pulled the plug on the station, giving it 30 days to cease operation after learning FCAT was operating in the red and planned to sell equipment to make ends meet – which isn’t novel to the under-funded station.

However, the possible sale of equipment McAteer would need to launch the new station put his takeover into jeopardy. McAteer said he would not accept a station devoid of equipment.

The agreement – crafted after a meeting among FCAT members, McAteer, city and county representatives – details which equipment should not be sold to pay FCAT’s anticipated debt most recently estimated at $13,000.

The new station has a name and the design plans are complete, however, “I am holding off on pounding the first nail, but I am pretty close to it. I don’t want to put the cart ahead of the horse,” McAteer said.

McAteer said he will move forward with the $50,000 remodel of the station’s new home in the Imaginarium if the FCAT board approves the proposal at its meeting Monday and the city council approves it Tuesday.

“Things are looking brighter than they were a couple of weeks ago,” McAteer said.

If all goes as planned, the new station will launch in April.

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