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NCTV close to averting closure

Proponents of a transition plan for Nevada County’s public access station are on the brink of a solution to save it.

“I would phrase this as a universally agreed upon corporate restructure,” said Keith Logan, a sustainability consultant who is the point man in a plan to revitalize Nevada County Digital Media Center. The organization’s board of directors voted in late August to shutter the station, citing structural deficiencies in finances.

“Best case scenario we will have about $800 left at the end of November,” said board President Karen Marinovich. “That is a best case scenario.”



Logan, along with transition plan co-proponent Dan Holler, Grass Valley’s former city administrator and now the interim town manager of Mammoth Lakes, initially planned to form a new nonprofit to replace the Media Center, but have since altered their plan to essentially replace the organization’s current board and slim down its operation.

At a meeting of the Media Center’s board Thursday, Logan outlined plans to shadow current Executive Director Lew Sitzer in the coming weeks and raise $10,000.




“We told them if they come up with $10,000 to put in the operation account of the organization that we would feel comfortable knowing that they would make it, that we turned over the keys in good faith,” Marinovich said.

Board members told Logan and Holler, the latter of whom phoned in to the meeting, that they have until Oct. 11 to get the $10,000 to initiate the transformation of Nevada County Television (NCTV), otherwise the station would cease programming by Oct. 15 and vacate its premises by the end of November.

The board also voted Thursday to approve a letter to terminate its employees and give notice to its landlord of the organization’s intent to vacate the premises that would be sent out today.

Even so, board members talked about allowing Logan and Holler until the end of October to raise funds, which would allow for the inclusion of donations secured through an Oct. 19 telethon that station producers are organized. A similar telethon in 2012 raised $8,000.

“I’m assuming that the total funds by the end of October is doable, very doable frankly,” Holler said.

Additionally, Logan said he already has verbal commitments of $5,000 raised and producer Patricia Smith pledged $2,000 of her own money on top of a $1,000 donation she said she had secured from a private contributor.

With $7,000 seemingly in place, NCTV’s current board outlined an Oct. 11 meeting where the process of the board’s replacement could begin and Logan’s ascension to executive director could eventually take place, but only if the $10,000 is secured.

“Keep in mind, this is not an adversarial relationship,” said Craig Porter, who vice chairs the NCTV board. “We’re all working toward a smooth transition here.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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