On Thursday CMA members Gordon Quinn and Jake Austen met privately with BACP Commissioner Rosemary Krimbel to discuss their August 28 meeting with Comcast and concerns about the future of CAN TV.
The meeting was very positive and Commissioner Krimbel stated her support for the three critical concerns that CMA members shared with Comcast. She stated that she had no intention of getting in the way of CAN TV continuing to receive direct funding from Comcast.
CMA is very glad that the Commissioner supports this critical concern which must be a fundamental requirement of the franchise renewal with Comcast. Direct and unrestricted funding has been essential to the growth of CAN TV as a successful public operation. Furthermore, direct funding supports CAN TV's independence, which is crucial for its long-term security as well as its effectiveness as a community media outlet for all Chicagoans. We look forward to working more with Commissioner Krimbel to ensure that Chicago gets the best community benefits agreement possible in Comcast's franchise renewal.