Medford Community Cablevision Inc.’s Board of Directors voted Monday, Sept. 30, to dissolve as a corporation and relinquish control of Channel 3 Medford, according to a Thursday release from Mayor Michael McGlynn’s office.
The news followed a series of discussions between McGlynn and Medford Community Cablevision President Frank Pilleri. TV3 has come under fire from the City Council in recent months, while it’s been off the air.
The process of transferring the assets of Medford Community Cablevision to the City of Medford will commence in the coming days, according to the release. The assets will be held by the city and can only be used for the purposes of access television.
McGlynn said there are two immediate priorities that need to be addressed:
“The first is the ability of candidates for public office to have their messages heard. In this regard the mayor is inviting all of the candidates for public office in the upcoming municipal election to contact Jack Dempsey at Medford High School. [Dempsey] will assist them by filming a video presentation of their respective positions. These presentations will later be broadcast on the city’s educational channel.”
“The second concern relates to the future of community public access television in the City of Medford. The mayor announced [Thursday] that in the coming days he will appoint a three person committee to develop the guiding principles for the future of public access television in the City of Medford.”
McGlynn said in a statement, “I look at this as an opportunity to search for fresh approaches to community access television that are based on a foundation of transparency and inclusiveness and allow for the fullness of artistic and individual expression.”