PCT preparing to take over Channel 27 on Sept 12

By on Thu, September 1, 2011

Pacifica Community Television is preparing to take over community access television for the Coastside on Monday, September 12. Comcast subscribers will find the new station at channel 27, the current home of MCTV. The station will also be online at PCT26.com or “a soon to be unveiled new site” at www.PacificCoast.tv

PCT won the right to operate the Coastside’s public access station for the county after a competitive bidding process that included the incumbent, MCTV.

Coastsider spoke with PCT station manager Marty Anaya about his plans for the switchover, as well as including the Coastside in the station’s goverance and programming.

PCT already has agreements in place or is waiting for approval to record the meetings of all Coastside boards, except for Coastside Fire Protection District, which is using Montara Fog to record its meetings. Meeeting will be cablecast on channel 27, as well as available on the Internet for streaming or download. PCT will continue to cablecast the meetings of the Midcoast Community Council and the Half Moon Bay City Council live in prime time.

Meanwhile, on September 15, the PCT board will vote on three new board members from the Coastside: Rob Genovesi, head of operations at Coastside.net; Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian of Pescadero radio station KPDO; and Greg Bonaparte, chair of the Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council.

PCT is also looking at developing a Coastside history program in the spirit of its current Pacifica history program.