Monday, November 23, 2009

Access 4 producers wish to take over station

Comcast took over operation of Access 4 several years ago. Before then, it had been operated at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Gerald Burkhart, director of the Office of Electronic Media at UIS, said Comcast pulled Access 4 out of the university when UIS decided not to renew its contract with Comcast to provide cable to apartments and dorms on campus.

Comcast and predecessor cable companies had paid UIS to operate Access 4. The station’s budget at the time was about $170,000 per year, Burkhart said, and Access 4 had one full-time employee, one part-time worker and numerous student workers.

The station was featured in an November 21, 2009 article.

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