Los Angeles, CA. The Full Disclosure Network® presents a five-minute exclusive video report on the ABC Nightline segment videotaped Tuesday, December 16th covering the campaign to save the public access cable channels. The ABC segment will air nationwide on January 9, 2009, at 11:30 p.m.
Host Leslie Dutton tells Nightline that the independent producers’ have begun a letter writing campaign to enlist the California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to file for emergency injunctive relief to stop Time Warner Cable from shutting down 14 public access studios and channels on December 31, 2008. These public channels been serving cable subscribers and producers in Los Angeles for over 25 years.
Among the groups and individuals sending letters to the Attorney General are:
- Los Angeles Public Access Coalition, David Hernandez, President
- The Caucus of Producers, Writers, Directors & the New Media
- Full Disclosure Network, Leslie Dutton
- PEG Access Support Groups: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; ACM-West@yahoogroups.com
With the apparent backing of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the public access issue languished, without Council attention or concern, for almost two years until the Time Warner deadline approached and the Holiday Season arrived. When the City Council approved plans to consolidate the 14 public access cable channels into four channels under government control, they failed to provide for even one dedicated public channel. Instead, they approved an “afterthought”, a verbal motion that was sent to the Budget and Finance Committee requesting an investigation into possible funding. No date has been set for a hearing before the Budget & Finance Committee, nor is it know if there search for funding has begun. See Council file here: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2006/06-2818_ca_12-03-08.pdf
At the end of the video, viewers are asked to click on the link below the video where they can send an automated letter to the California Attorney General urging him to file for injunctive relief under the Business & Professions code 17200, Sec. 3.