Local TV station tunes out

After more than 20 years of serving Hacienda Heights, Industry, Valinda, La Puente, Bassett, Avocado Heights and north and south Whittier, KCAT Channel 3 is signing off.

The television station’s board of directors voted about two weeks ago to shut the operation down.

As the local television access station in the area, KCAT covered a variety of events in the San Gabriel Valley including the Hacienda Heights 4th of July Parade, Concerts in the Park and the Industry Pro Rodeo.

We sent out a photographer Saturday night to shoot the last taping of Marty’s Corner, one of many community-based programs taped at the station’s Hacienda Heights location.

I haven’t gotten the full scoop as to why the station is shutting its doors yet, but I suspect a slipping economy and little money for public broadcasting likely has something to do with it.

Look for a full story in next weekend’s paper. In the meantime, here’s some video from the show. One of the Tribune’s reporters, Michelle Mills in the clip too:

 

  • Robert Haigh

    ****I haven’t gotten the full scoop as to why the station is shutting its doors yet, but I suspect a slipping economy and little money for public broadcasting likely has something to do with it.****

    Funding for Community Media Centers has nothing to do with the economy or with donor funding. Federal law has long permitted cable companies to do business in a municipality, provided that up to 5% of the monies be returned to the community. This is known as a “right of way” provision which repays the town for the damages caused to buildings, sidewalks, streets, etc. for laying their cable. Most towns have then forwarded a significant portion of these monies to a non-profit organization formed to run the cable access stations on behalf of the town, providing a valuable voice of local affairs via media training and access to the channel time.

    California recently passed a State Law known as DIVCA and heavily sponsored by Verizon and AT&T to eliminate such funding as a requirement for competitors to enter the market. As a result, California and other states will soon see their highly prized community media go away such as the case here.

  • http://www.martyscornerlive.com Jerry

    I’m wondering if anyone has the names of the people on the KCAT board. I can’t find them all listed anywhere. It seems fairly cheap and cowardly that they voted to close the station at a secret meeting, and now we can’t even find out who these people are.

    With no accountability, we’re going to keep losing things like community access TV.

  • http://www.myspace.com/LBCTelevision KaRi from LBCTelevision

    Long Beach is having good luck so far…Read our blog and – stay tuned!