Public Access Television is establishing a foot-hold in Long Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles. But is it really “public access” with the freedom of expression that was established by the initial format allowing all citizens to air their opinions?
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Darick Simpson suggests that he and his agency can be trusted to run the Long Beach public access television channel in the best interest of the community. But he emphasizes that his Community Action Partnership will have a leading program on his channel.
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Seeing the end of funding for the public access station on the horizon is only two years away, Darick Simpson has had his CAP agency hire a fund-raising specialist. Producers Lynn Brennan and Michael Blevins from the nearby city of Torrance have learned first-hand how the so-called public access channels can control content, when they are under the control of government officials.
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Who will control public access television? In Long Beach, Darick Simpson is attempting to establish an Advisory Board to set the policies and controls. Jim Worsham, the President and CEO of the Long Beach Community Foundation who also represents the James L. Knight Foundation. These two organizations were responsible for making the funding available to Darick Simpson. Will they have the authority to direct the Advisory Board regarding which programs will be suitable and acceptible?