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FCAT stays on air; takeover in April

Foothills Community Access Television will not be forced to sign off early in spite of the station’s lack of funding to pay expenses.

An agreement approved last week by the Grass Valley City Council allows FCAT executives to sell itemized equipment to pay its overhead while safeguarding equipment Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer said is necessary for his takeover, postponed until mid-April.

The council’s approval of the proposal – drafted after a meeting among FCAT members, McAteer, and city and county representatives – negates the city’s 30-day notice for FCAT to cease operations by Feb. 13.

If FCAT can pay its anticipated debt of $13,000 with the sale of equipment, the public access station will likely go off the air April 1, as McAteer prepares to launch the new station in mid-April.

McAteer’s plans for the station include a new name, executive director and facility in the Imaginarium at 112 Nevada City Highway.

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