On Thursday, May 18th, 2006, a small group of Public Access Television Producers in
San Antonio, Texas went to the City Council Chambers to air once again, their outrage that the Public Access Channel 20 in was still black (not broadcasting). We had only one public access channel in San Antonio where local citizens could produce television shows that could be aired locally. The channel had gone off the air on January 1st, 2006, due to the San Antonio state legislature passing Senate Bill 5. Texas
Our original trip to City Council, in which over 80 (out of 180) Public Access Television Producers showed up to air their dismay at the prospect of losing the channel, was in mid December, at the last City Council meeting of the year for 2005. This trip was the 3rd time we appeared to speak as Public Access Producers at City Council Chambers, during the Citizens to be Heard segment, which is not aired on the local Government Channel 21 in
If you need more background information on what the problem with Public Access Television issue is about, see our previous postings in this blog starting from December 2005, when we 1st realized the danger we were in. Bottom line, is that Public Access Television is in danger of being lost, not just in
One must understand that what is occurring here in
Citizens be warned. Don’t let this happen in your state and cities. Be sure to call, write or e-mail your state congressman and senator and let them know that all of this is very bad news, and they better not let this happen in your state. If we don’t all speak up now it will be too late to turn back the tide.
Patsy Robles, 411 Productions
Empowering Youth with the Media Arts