WEB UPDATE: Public-access station to sign off in 30 days | TheUnion.com

WEB UPDATE: Public-access station to sign off in 30 days

Before Foothills Community Access Television is reborn in March, it will die. The public-access station, bleeding in debt, is expected to go off the air in 30 days – two weeks before its replacement begins broadcasting.

The Grass Valley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to close the public-access station after learning FCAT directors planned to sell equipment to pay off an anticipated $20,000 debt.

The station has 30 days to close its doors, but council members said they hope to stop the slide into debt and ask FCAT directors to shut down earlier.

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer, who planned to take over the station in March, said he was shocked and appalled by news of the station’s debt. He said he will not assume a station void of equipment if the current directors sell equipment.

“All I know is … the deal isn’t the deal,” McAteer said. “This changes everything.”

For the full story, see Thursday’s The Union.

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