I am baffled by the discussion city leaders are having regarding the fate of JCTV. Some have suggested that the station could get funding from a government grant presumably from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). That is simply not possible now or ever. CPB provides funding for stand-alone public television stations not cable stations such as JCTV.
The station does qualify for funds from the city’s franchise agreement with Mediacom, and there is more than enough money there to fully fund the station at its current level and more. Most communities pay for their access channels with funds from the cable franchise agreements. Columbia pays for three. City leaders should explain why they are not doing that with JCTV.