on Milford's public access channel 77 Cablevision on 4/20/11)
Sound View Community Media, Inc. has been running an 18-minute clip (video below) of the CT Assembly Energy and Technology Committee meeting to take action on the bill from March 22nd. The footage, courtesy CT-N Connecticut Network according to the broadcast, is from the discussion and vote on HB 6460, An Act Concerning Public Access Channels.
The video is playing on the Public Access channel here in Milford, which is Cablevision channel 77. They may have preempted public access programming on the Sound View schedule to run this video repeatedly during the day.
The video, which is heavily edited, shows the discussion between Rep. Kim Fawcett (D-133) and Rep. Laura Hoydick (R-120). The video frequently stops and offers both on-screen text and voice-over commentary (see photo above). There are repeated instances of the commentary accusing Rep. Fawcett of deliberately trying to mislead her colleagues and attempting to break the law.
Sorry about the quality of the clip; I only had time to save it to VHS and upload it. (Yes, I'm on the cutting edge of the latest technology here.) Other than a single instance where I blacked out a caller ID number that appeared on the screen when my dad called (gotta love Cablevision) I did not edit or change any content of the video.
I informed Rep. Fawcett of the video, and after she viewed it she gave me this statement:
“The video Sound View Media has created and is running bolsters our position that Sound View has repeatedly, inappropriately abused both public funds and the responsibility entrusted in them through their public access television agreement with the state.
Republican and Democratic legislators from our region have been questioning Sound View's choice of programming as inappropriate for more than a decade and their continued failure to serve our communities is what initiated the original legislative action. I look forward to passing HB 6460 so that the towns of Woodbridge, Milford, Orange, Fairfield and Bridgeport can continue to strengthen public access television for all viewers.”
I haven't yet attempted to contact anyone from Sound View Media, Inc. They are welcome to comment, and I will publish any response they wish to make.