Project Credits: Director/DP of Opening Roll In, Lighting and Set Designer, Production Supervisor and Master Control/VTR Operator
Production Facilitator, 1997-1999
AT&T Broadband Services/TCI, CityVisions, Channel 53
1855 Folsom Street, San Francisco, 94142
Provided and actively oversaw client participation in the use of community television facilities and electronic equipment in fulfillment of the City's mission to make Public Access programming available for the residents and cable subscribers of San Francisco.
Received Access Award for staffing services, Olympic Trophy for "Going the ExtraMile!"
Local public, educational and governmental access (“PEG”) channels began in the early 1970s, as a “trade-off” offered to cities by the emerging cable television industry during franchise negotiations. PEG channels would be locally operated cable channels that would take advantage of the new medium’s potential to become an “electronic soapbox” to encourage expression of a wide range of local viewpoints. As the channels evolved, the “E” (education) and “G” (government) channels focused on those respective topic areas, while the “P” channels provided free airtime and access to video production facilities to any member of the public, regardless of the speaker’s message. PEG channels differ from “public broadcasting” or PBS channels. PBS channels operate under a non-commercial broadcasting license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, and are available to viewers as an over-the-air channel, as well as on cable and DBS satellite services. PEG channels are available only on cable services (although they increasingly are becoming available as webcasts on the Internet).
Public Access in San Francisco
Because PEG channel requirements are developed primarily to meet local needs and interests, the organization and operating structures of these channels vary widely from city to city. The City of San Francisco has negotiated PEG channel requirements in its franchise agreements with Comcast and Astound Broadband, currently requiring six channels, two each dedicated for Public, Educational and Government purposes. The public access channels air throughout the City on Comcast Cable channels 29 and 76, Astound Broadband channels 29 and 30 and AT&T channel 99.
Prior to September 1999, the public access channels were operated by AT&T, and branded as CityVisions. From September 1999-June 30, 2009, because of changes to the franchise agreement between the city and local cable operators, the operation of the channels went to the Community Television Corporation under a Grant Agreement with the city and the name of the channels changed to Access SF. Since July 2, 2009 the City’s public access channels have been operated by Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and is now known as SF Commons.
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