Last April Butte College announced it would no longer broadcast the local public-access television Channel 11. The school had actually indicated its intentions to the city of Chico four months earlier. The station has long carried local programming, including the Chico City Council meetings, area school board meetings as well as Butte County Board of Supervisor meetings.
When news of the pending shutdown was made public, a group of local citizens calling themselves North Valley Cable Access contacted the city and said they would form a nonprofit organization to run the station.
Last December the City Council authorized City Manager Dave Burkland to enter into a contract with the association. The transfer should be complete by mid-March, said NVCA member Mike Donnelly. The group is working with local cable provider Comcast.
“We’ve filed our articles of incorporation, we have draft bylaws in place, as well as a draft business plan, and we have a board of directors,” said Donnelly. “So we are looking pretty solid. All we really need now is some money.”
According to that draft business plan, the mission “is to promote community media and to encourage, educate and engage residents in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties, as well as the greater Northern California region, to use new media and technology, to improve civic involvement, learn new media skills and enhance the culture, the economy, health and quality of life in the North State.”