FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017 Contact:
Director of Media Services
Fayetteville Public Access Television Resources Now Available to
Residents and Nonprofits in Washington and Benton Counties
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Through Fayetteville Public Television (FPTV), the City of Fayetteville supports free speech efforts by providing a platform that can be used to express non-commercial views and opinions. On July 6, the Fayetteville City Council voted to expand its resources to residents, nonprofit organizations, and students of Washington and Benton Counties for a $50 annual membership fee. Resources will remain free for Fayetteville residents, nonprofit organizations based in Fayetteville, and students of Fayetteville schools.
For more than 30 years, the City of Fayetteville has offered public access television to the viewing public, as well as free television production resources and services to Fayetteville residents, nonprofit organizations, and students. During the 1970s, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted broadcasting licenses to cable television operators; some operators were required to provide public, educational, and government access television channels (often referred to as PEG channels). Regulations have changed over the years, but the general premise stands that the airwaves belong to the people and that broadcasting should be available to the public for community participation and as an avenue of free speech.
For the past three years, FPTV has experienced significant growth in use and viewership. “By connecting the operation with local arts, community action groups, and organizations – FPTV has become a leader of television production in the region,” said Dan Robinson, executive director of nonprofit Your Media, the City’s contracted third-party service provider for public access operation. “The goal is to create a window into our community and culture,” Robinson said. “With the interconnectivity of Northwest Arkansas, we now have the opportunity to empower people in Washington and Benton Counties to get involved. Expanding resource availability will encourage people to come to Fayetteville and to produce media about what is happening here. It also will increase the reach and viewing audience of Fayetteville Public Television.”
FPTV offers hands-on basic and advanced classes in field production, studio production, and editing. Students can learn how to use video equipment; shooting, lighting, and audio techniques; as well as directing and producing. Once a student has completed required courses, equipment is made available for checkout along with use of the studio or editing rooms. Classes and the studio are located at the City of Fayetteville Television Center at 101 W. Rock Street.
FPTV empowers community members to create their own programming, but also works with local individuals and organizations to produce locally focused original programming. Examples include a cooking show called Rooted in the Ozarks
in partnership with Ozark Natural Foods, yoga shows featuring local yoga instructors, and The Interview
show that highlights NWA community members. FPTV produces Later with Jason Suel
, an acclaimed regional variety show that now airs regionally on Fox 24 every Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.
FPTV is broadcast locally on Cox channel 218 and on AT&T U-verse channel 99. FPTV reaches national audiences through online streaming via its Livestream channel
and offers video-on-demand content on the FPTV YouTube channel
For more information, visit the FPTV website at www.faypublic.tv
or call 479-444-3433.