Question of the Week: Does ICTV influence local politics and elections?


Itasca Community Television (ICTV) is a Governmental Access provider to the City of Grand Rapids.

From ICTV’s website : “At minimum, each candidate for local, regional, state or federal office representing a community in the ICTV viewing area will receive air time to discuss his or her position. These appearances will be arranged with the operations manager and shall occur no later than the Friday, three weeks prior to the election.

ICTV retains the right to schedule, record and air forums and discussions, as applicable on any issues of ballot.  These may or may not include incumbent officers or individuals seeking office.”

Does this rule allow ICTV to determine when and if candidates and issues receive airtime?  If this is true then doesn’t also mean that ICTV may promote or bury issues for airing as the operations manager and ICTV Management sees fit?

-GRV-

6 thoughts on “Question of the Week: Does ICTV influence local politics and elections?

  1. I recently saw this post regarding ICTV. The organization welcomes the free expression of ideas. That, in fact, is the basis of the organization. If you wish to learn more about ICTV, please feel free to view our complete Operating Rules and Procedures at http://watchictv.org/content/rules-operating-procedures-0. We also welcome guests to the studio Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. If you have a specific question call ahead so I can make arrangements to meet you. The phone number is (218) 999-0088. ICTV’s financials are available online through Guidestar.

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  2. Kirk Hill

    Yada, Yada, cut the public sector, cut the public sector, same old tiresome stuff, the plan of action:complain more about how unfair it all is and deposit your social security check in the never mention fle

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  3. Joe

    With a large majority of ICTV revenues generated buy user fees charged to the residents and added to their cable bill, of course they will always support the the city officials controlling the purse. The law is crystal clear regarding nonprofits, (not paying taxes even though they may collect large salaries), must never engage in electoral partisanship. It would appear that as elections grow nearer more time is given to incumbents for so called public service storys, less coverage of debates not favorable to incumbents, poor showing times for new candidates position statements. It’s time to cut this funding and have them charged with abusing their nonprofit status. This is not a public service and they need to clean up their act after a good IRS revue of their nonprofit status qualifications.

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  4. Ken

    ICTV’s number one priority is to protect their interest. So of course they’re going to use the rule to protect that interest. FUNDING!!

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