How to appoint a new director of operations.

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Don Saklad, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Don Saklad

    Don Saklad Guest

    By commenting on the qualities of radio and tv broadcasters listeners
    and viewers participate in improving radio and tv.

    How would the board of Cambridge Community TV be encouraged to consider
    another director of operations who would get technical difficulties with the
    broadcasts fixed without delay and fixed more competently?... The director of
    operations appointed currently has 1. failed to expedite audio repairs for
    the Be Live! telephone call in system. Prejudicial attitudes have interfered
    with reporting technical difficulties to the director of operations as
    inevitably technical difficulties do arise. 2. A technical trouble reporting
    form needs to be developed that gets more appropriate attention within a
    short time during overnight transmission, weekend transmission and holiday
    transmission. 3. A director of operations should not be in denial and
    resistant to viewers' comments and feedback. 4. Consider creating a new
    position to do what the director of operations delays or does not get done.

    Collaborative weblog.
    Community access television. Viewers' feedback, comment, questions.
    http://zork.net/~dsaklad/communityaccesstelevision.html
     
    Don Saklad, Jul 6, 2003
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    Max Volume Guest

    Get real. It's community access, nobody gives a shit.
     
    Max Volume, Jul 6, 2003
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  3. Don Saklad

    Rich Howley Guest

    Well, Don, CCTV is an organization run by an Executive Director, who
    answers to a Board of Directors. If you have a problem with a staff
    member you can speak directly with the staff member. If that does not
    work, or is not an option for personal reasons, you can speak directly
    with the Executive Director. If that does not work then you can
    contact the President of the Board of Directors and ask to be included
    in the agenda for the next Board of Directors meeting. Or, you can
    whine about your petty problems on a world-wide newsgroup, which will
    accomplish nothing.

    The staff members at the station are dedicated to helping you produce
    programming and to providing the best possible product for the
    community. Instead of trying to understand the obstacles that they
    face and the constraints that they are under while working toward a
    solution, you turn to morons like Max Volume for advice. See where
    that got you?

    Max Volume, please, please, please keep posting. You're right,
    "nobody gives a shit", if I may be so bold as to quote you, about
    those idiots on the screen. It's YOUR opinion that people care about.
    It's YOUR posts that people want to read. Oh, please keep blessing
    us with your wit and knowledge.
     
    Rich Howley, Jul 8, 2003
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  4. Don Saklad

    Max Volume Guest

    It's a deal. Oh, and **** you.
     
    Max Volume, Jul 8, 2003
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    nappy Guest

    um.. Max.. you're trying too hard. THis was a real post from someone looking
    for advice. It wasn't an invitation to a jerk-off.
     
    nappy, Jul 8, 2003
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  6. Don Saklad

    Steve Guidry Guest

    Max,

    It may surprise you to learn that I agree with you - - mostly. There is a
    lot of unimportant crap on most P/A stations. And the production values are
    often shoddy. And the personalities involved are often small.

    I can count the number of what I'd call important P/A programs I have seen
    in my 13 years on one hand. And the number of well-produced ones I've seen
    without running out of fingers and toes.

    But all that is beside the point. P/A was envisioned for exactly these
    kinds of non-commercial projects that serve a micro-audience.

    Steve Guidry
    (former) P/A Manager for Jackson, MS


     
    Steve Guidry, Jul 8, 2003
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  7. Don Saklad

    Max Volume Guest

    And your point is???
     
    Max Volume, Jul 9, 2003
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  8. Even though we all seem to have jumped on the band wagon of throwing bait to
    Max Volume, watching him bite over and over, then rolling with laughter, I'd
    like to go back to the origin of this thread and repost what Steve Guidry
    had to say. Is this not the essence of P/A, the reason for it s existence
    (Although Steve may have meant Community Access rather than Public Access. I
    believe it is the former that is non-commercial)? Niche programming for
    those folks in the community who are interested in that subject, broadcast
    because it is, now listen to these three words, Community Access Television.
    It was meant as a balance to programming that was audience numbers driven.
    Sure Max Volume doesnt watch it. He's watching Survivor, Oprah and Dr. Phil.
    Bite, Max, bite. Ha ha ha.
    --
    Best regards,
    Craig Scheiner
    Executive Producer
    CPS Associates
    Video Production and Publication
    www.cpsvideo.net
     
    Craig Scheiner, Jul 9, 2003
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  9. Don Saklad

    Max Volume Guest

    You know absolutely NOTHING about Public/Community Access Television,
    do you??? Virtually NO-ONE is the slightest bit interested in these
    shows, simply because the so-called producers/hosts/whatever are
    allowed to violate the "golden rule" of broadcasting and put together a
    show aimed squarely at THEMSELVES rather than taking into account what
    an audience might actually give a crap about. These shows are the
    television equivalent of vanity web pages.
     
    Max Volume, Jul 9, 2003
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  10. OK, Max, enough. You just don't get it. Any of it.

    --
    Best regards,
    Craig Scheiner
    Executive Producer
    CPS Associates
    Video Production and Publication
    www.cpsvideo.net
     
    Craig Scheiner, Jul 10, 2003
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    Yes, that's correct, although in many small markets, the lines get blurred a
    bit.

    The key difference is in who controls the content : With Public or
    Community Access, there are very few restrictions on what you can put on the
    air. In order to be rejected, the material has to be "obscene" by local
    community standards, or be clearly fraudulent in its intent, or somehow
    incite the viewer to commit an illegal act. Many systems also have
    restrictions on political programs, restrictions which limit the program
    providers to its own geographical area, restrictions on solicitation, and
    restrictions which define and limit commercial programming. Also, since the
    cable operator is specicifically prohibited by federal law from censoring
    the channel's content, it is also exempted by the same legislation from
    liability for the programming content.

    By contrast, the Cable operator can accept or reject Local Origination
    programming by its own standards. The operator IS responsible for the
    content on these channels, and most of them require the program provider to
    carry a media liability insurance policy before they will accept a show.
     
    Steve Guidry, Jul 10, 2003
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  12. All these long decades I've been mistaken! I thought Public Access meant
    anyone could do a show, including local infomercial type content. A fellow
    here does a weekly show called Merchants of Marin where he takes his
    consumer camcorder and goes through businesses for 3 or 4 minutes each. His
    show is an hour long and really a string of commercials. I thought Community
    access meant non-profits and community groups, no commercial type
    announcements.
    --
    Best regards,
    Craig Scheiner
    Executive Producer
    CPS Associates
    Video Production and Publication
    www.cpsvideo.net
     
    Craig Scheiner, Jul 11, 2003
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  13. Apparently varies from place to place. The access facility in our
    area is so anal that when we did a show discussing conserving
    energy (by using compact flourescent lamps, etc.) we couldn't
    even mention the street price of CFL or of power from the utility!
     
    Richard Crowley, Jul 11, 2003
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    David McCall Guest

    I think your perception of the concept of public access is basically correct.
    Perhaps your fellow is a little close to crossing the line, but I once
    considered doing just such a show on access here. I'm always curious
    about what is going on in this building or that, and thought others might
    be curious too. It would be interesting to go around to businesses in town,
    and do a little story on each one. What the hey, they might just need
    video services and not even know it :)

    David
     
    David McCall, Jul 11, 2003
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    The answer for Public Access I gave earlier is the one envisioned by the
    sponsors of the enabling legislation (The Cable Television Act of 1984).

    But basically on the PEG side, what happens is this : The Cable Company and
    the Franchising Authority - - the municipality or other government body that
    negotiates your area's master contract - - get together at renewal time, and
    decide what PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) channels it wants.
    Sometimes the cable company gets to (HAS to) administer the channels,
    sometimes the government entity does it, or sometimes (if they're smart)
    they both punt the administration to a broadly-based non-profit community
    organization.

    True "Local Origination" programming - - on the whole - - is giving way to a
    "Leased Access" arrangement on most systems. By law (the Cable Television
    Act of 1996), cable operators must set aside 10% of their channel space for
    leased access channels, on which they must sell time at prices that are
    figured according to the law's formula. It's dirt cheap. There are some
    details on this as well that I won't take time to put in. If anyone wants
    them, post the request, and I will do it in a later post.

    But the names of the various channels and operators' programming practices
    DO vary from system to system. As long as there is an arrangement that
    works, operators have been slow to change. Usually, for it to change, it
    takes someone who knows the law, and is willing to force the operator's hand
    on the matter in a business-like manner.

    Steve
     
    Steve Guidry, Jul 11, 2003
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  16. Don Saklad

    Steve Guidry Guest

    In Jackson (when I was the administrator), this program would have probably
    been right on the line. It's possible that the producer could have
    approached it from a "community information" point of view, and made a
    consumer-oriented "how to be a better shopper" sort of show out of it. But
    if he made explicit references to prices, and if the business operators made
    overt sales pitches, or direct comparisons to his competitors, then we would
    have called that "advertising", and not have allowed it.

    Steve

    P. S. I am glad someone else is making those decisions now. <<GG>> It was
    difficult to run P/A when doing commercial projects was our real company
    focus.
     
    Steve Guidry, Jul 11, 2003
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