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Foundation takes over public access TV

DEL MAR — City Council approved a four-year contract at the Dec. 15 meeting authorizing the Del Mar Television Foundation to provide operation, broadcast and production services for the city’s public access TV station.
Time Warner Cable had been overseeing the daily operations on a month-to-month contract since its original agreement with the city expired in December 2006. The company notified the city in October that it would no longer provide services after 2008.
A request for proposals was issued and a notice was posted at City Hall and on the city Web site. City officials also notified several production organizations, including Time Warner, AT&T, KOCT-Oceanside Community TV, the Del Mar TV Foundation and the media departments at several area colleges.
Following a Nov. 10 studio tour and pre-proposal conference, proposals were received from Kreklow Film and Television for $244,000 annually and the Del Mar TV Foundation for $66,000 annually.
After reviewing both proposals, the Communications Technical Advisory Committee determined the Del Mar TV Foundation more closely matched the operational needs of the studio, according to the staff report.
The foundation agreed to reduce its initial proposal for the duration of the contract from $264,000 to $260,763. That breaks down to $60,500 for the first year, and $63,525, $66,702 and $70,036 for the second through fourth years, respectively. The agreement will run through Dec. 31, 2012.
The contracted amount for the current fiscal year is $9,250 more than what was budgeted. Staff will try to recover the costs through other budget savings or, failing that, request additional money from the general fund contingency reserve.
The Del Mar TV Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the city’s public access programming and provides communication, education and historical archiving for Del Mar and its surrounding communities. It also supports a group that produces programs shown on the local public access channels and awards grants to individuals and groups for varied programming.