COTTONWOOD –“We have tried really hard to not be up here standing in front of you,” said Yavapai Broadcasting financial manager Jackie Bessler at Tuesday’s City Council worksession.
Yavapai Broadcasting came before the council asking for financial assistance so that they may continue to provide services. Currently, Yavapai Broadcasting airs Council meetings over local government access channels 2 (Suddenlink) and 56 (CableOne).
For a number of years, Yavapai Broadcasting has provided free broadcasting services for the city. According to a staff report, the original intent was to provide a free broadcasting services for the city that would be paid for through advertising revenue. Yavapai Broadcasting indicated that this plan hasn’t panned out, and has been losing thousands of dollars every year on this service.
The service is an important part of being transparent with the public, the Council noted.
Yavapai Broadcasting owner Grant Hafley said financial assistance is needed or “I can’t afford to do this anymore.”
Yavapai Broadcasting is asking for $42,000 to keep running and to break even. The funding would come from the General Fund.
“They can’t afford the loss they’ve taken providing this program. They are asking the city to help provide these services,” explained City Manager Doug Bartosh.
Mayor Tim Elinski asked how many municipalities fund public access broadcasting.
It is not unusual, said Bartosh. Sedona and Prescott do so, and it is especially common in bigger cities, he added.
While the exact viewership of Yavapai Broadcasting is unknown, it was stated at the meeting that there were approximately 15,000 household…
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