Local media is in crisis. Towns and cities across America are losing their commercial news oulets, while pink slips are being handed to the reporters who once covered our communities. We cannot afford to lose any more local media.
Community television can help fill the void left by a collapsing media system. But the most prevalent form -- local public access stations (or PEG channels) -- is under attack by the likes of AT&T and Comcast, which are trying to bury community stations on their networks and make them difficult to find.
Free Press has joined forces with local governments, community media producers and other organizations that believe local media play a vital role in our democracy. We're working together to urge the FCC to stop efforts by cable and phone giants to squash public access TV, but we need your help.
The deadline to comment at the FCC expires in less than 36 hours. Please make sure that the commission hears from the public about the importance of local media.
Community stations foster democratic participation in local government by airing town and city council meetings. They are also an outlet for local independent producers and everyday citizens who want to make their own television shows.
For many, public access television is an antidote to media consolidation. We must work together to protect and promote these vital community services.
2. All comments filed to the FCC are considered a matter of public record. Your comments will be publicly accessible at the FCC Web site. The FCC does not accept comments from outside the United States.
The 411 Show started as a Public Access Television show in June 2004. The show features youth, in a talk show format, discussing issues that affect our world today. We also feature young talent in a variety of performances and showcase video shorts. There are rotating hosts and guests.
The show is produced by 411 Productions, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth and the public on Media issues and teaches media production, so youth can have a voice in the media they watch.
The 411 Show currently airs on San Antonio Public Access TV Digital Channel 20 (Time Warner) and Channel 19 on Grande Cable, Thursdays 8:30 pm and 12:30 pm on Saturdays in San Antonio Texas, USA. The Show also has an international viewing audience via sites such as YouTube and Blip.TV.