Straight facts about FCAT’s role |

Straight facts about FCAT’s role

A letter about Foothills Community Access Television was a little off the mark.

First, Nevada County plays no role in the staffing or administration of Foothills Community Access Television; we are an independent nonprofit organization that operates Channel 11 as a public forum for purposes of free speech.

The Board of Supervisors has no control over the content of shows, other than the “Nevada County Government Update,” which it submits weekly.

In fact, FCAT does not decide what appears on Channel 11. As Nevada County’s electronic soapbox, we cablecast whatever people bring us on a first-come-first-served equal-access basis. Because of this evenhanded policy, viewers see opinions from the left, right and center – even opinions or programs that are crazy or off the wall.

FCAT is fortunate to have a wide variety of political, social and religious viewpoints represented in the shows that are submitted: “Right Time” from the Republicans, “Main Street Democrats” from the left, and “Reality Check” with the Green/environmental viewpoint.

From Baptist to Buddhist, if you bring it, we’ll show it. I’ve personally visited more than 60 community television stations over the years, and FCAT is exceptional in the diversity and breadth of programs that our local residents bring to us.

So, you’re all invited to come and make your own television show, and we will do everything we can to assist you. We’ll take any tape you care to submit and put it on the air. We’ll teach you how to make a TV show – just become a member and pay a very modest tuition. We even offer scholarships if you’re out of work.

Once you’ve learned how to care for and use our equipment safely you can check out a camera just like a library book. We’ll even let you use the community’s television studio for a show about anything you want.

Just call 272-7031 today, and we’ll sign you up for our next nine-week television production class, which starts Sept. 19 and runs Thursday evenings, Sept. 21, and runs Saturday mornings.

Long before Thanksgiving, you could have your message in 10,200 households in western Nevada County.

Miles Everett

Executive Director

Foothills Community Access Television

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