Mayborn School of Journalism

Council vote means higher cable bills
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Wed, Nov 17, 2010

Many Denton residents will pay more for cable service starting Jan. 1, after the City Council voted to change the way it charges a public-access television fee. Until now, cable subscribers in Denton have paid 50 cents each month to their cable provider to pay for public, education and government channels. The charge, known as a PEG fee, will change next year to 1 percent of the subscriber?s bill before taxes, under a city ordinance approved Tuesday. The average cable bill in Denton is $80 a month, meaning the average customer would pay an 80-cent PEG fee, said Billy Matthews, the city?s cable television supervisor. Subscribers...

Council delays approves School of Mayborn television contract
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Wed, Nov 3, 2010

Denton city leaders delayed a vote Tuesday on a quarter-million-dollar consulting contract for retiring city employee Jeff Morris amid questions over the proposal.  IN OTHER ACTION Also on Tuesday, the council:  * Approved a contract with the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism to operate the Denton public access television channel. The contract takes effect Jan. 1, when the city’s agreement with Charter Communications to operate the channel expires. Texas Filmmakers, a Denton nonprofit media and film organization, had also sought the contract.  * Approved a $2.1 million construction...

Public access change coming
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Mon, Nov 1, 2010

City staff have recommended that Denton City Council contract with the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism to operate the Denton public access television channel, effective Jan. 1. Both the city?s cable television supervisor and a consultant evaluated proposals from the school and from Texas Filmmakers, a Denton nonprofit media and film organization, and recommended the UNT proposal during a council work session. The council will consider the recommendation as part of its consent agenda at Tuesday?s meeting. ?The city was fortunate to have two...

Vying for access
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Sun, Aug 22, 2010

The future of Dentons public access television channel could come down to a fight between a six-year-old nonprofit media organization and the University of North Texas journalism school. A five-year-old telecommunications franchise agreement between the city of Denton and Charter Communications grants the cable company management and operations responsibilities for the local public access channel. The agreement expires Dec. 31. Betty Williams, the citys director of administrative services, said city officials are looking for a third party to review the proposals to take over the public access channel Channel 25...