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Town committees recommend cable access revamp

Officials air concerns over part-time setup

October 24, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — It may take some time for watchers to see it (literally), but the town is planning to revamp the cable access system to increase programming while reducing the impact on town funds.

That's certainly what the Cable Access Committee and General Government subcommittee hope, since they voted last week to support creating three part-time jobs at the town's cable studio to replace departed full-time director Paul Zotos.

But there's some skepticism, with some CAC members and programmers afraid this is the first step of a censorship effort.

After the CAC's 4-2 vote, Pam Larue alleged the changes reflect a "brown shirt ideology." She had been pushing for hiring an outside consultant with media experience to review Town Manager Christopher Clark's plan, and argued she felt the station needs a full-timer at the helm.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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