Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TVCTV Losing Channel 98

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Time has run out for Treasure Valley Community Television's Channel 98.

The City of Boise has given Cable One permission to reclaim the channel which has been home to TCTV programming, primarily content from the Classic Arts Showcase.

Channel 98 used to also broadcast Boise City Council meetings, but city officials opted to stream its proceedings through its own online portal—cityofboise.org.

Boise Weekly has chronicled TCTV's recent struggles, not the least of which was when both of its channels—11 and 98—went dark due to a lack in funding. But in mid January—buoyed by a new board of directors, TCTV returned to the airwaves, while it tried to pave a new path to financial self-sufficiency.

But that didn't solve TCTV's dilemma with Channel 98.

"Cable One came to the city and said that channel was set up specifically as a government channel. I don't know that any other local government has been on that channel," said Michael Zuzel, assistant to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "We've decided that at this time we're not interested in returning to Channel 98 ... so after an appropriate amount of time or notice, and I don't know what that is, Cable One plans to take Channel 98 back."

Officials at TCTV insist that they pleaded with the City of Boise and Cable One to keep Channel 98 after securing new permissions to air Ada County Commission and Ada County Highway District meetings on the 98. They say they also wanted to air Boise City Council meetings at no cost to the city.

But the repossession date is still slated for today.

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