Town Government &
Committees: Cable TV Advisory Committee
2013 Annual Report
The Committee’s primary focus in 2013 was the Education Channel (Comcast 22 and Verizon 29). The Committee recommended and the Board of Selectmen approved using cable funds provided by Comcast and Verizon to fund two television production classes at Hingham High School. These funds come from the 4.2% of Hingham cable subscriber revenues which Comcast and Verizon pay to the Town under the terms of their franchise agreements. This money can only be used to support Public, Educational, and Government (“PEG”) Access cable television, and is not available for the General Fund.
In order to assist the High School in providing a wider variety of programming for the Education Channel, the Committee recommended and the Board of Selectmen approved a partnership agreement with Hingham Community Access & Media Corporation (“H-CAM”), a non-profit Public Access corporation established by the Town in 2011, to provide the equivalent of a half-time employee devoted to producing programming for the Education Channel. Under this agreement, which took effect at the beginning of the school year, H-CAM works with all of the Hingham schools to develop and produce programs for the Education Channel. Under this agreement, H-CAM also assists the High School in operating the Education Channel. The subscriber revenues provided by Comcast and Verizon are used to fund this partnership.
The Committee also recommended and the Board of Selectmen approved the expenditure from the capital funds provided by Comcast and Verizon to construct a conduit from the new High School fields to an interconnection in the High School with the Town’s cable infrastructure. This will allow video of events on the fields to be transmitted over the Town’s three PEG channels. These capital funds are separate from the subscriber revenues. They were provided by Comcast and Verizon in consideration for the ten-year franchises granted to them by the Town. They are kept in a separate account and used by the Town for capital expenditures related to the PEG channels. For example, they have been used to install robotic cameras and related equipment in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, the School Committee meeting room and other rooms.
Sandra Peavey, Chair
Katy Gallagher-Wooley, School Rep.
Phillip S. Thaxter
Robert Kirk, H-Cam Rep.
(Appt. by Selectmen)
|Sandra Peavey, Chair
|Phillip S. Thaxter
|Robert Kirk, HCAM Rep.
(Head of Hingham High School studio and programming)