ERIC Number: ED236709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Cable Access Centers in the Top 100 Media Markets.
Ledingham, John A.
A study examined cable access centers--studios established by cable television systems for the use of community groups, institutions, and individuals--in order to identify the characteristics of those used frequently. Data were gathered from 119 respondents concerning 34 access centers in major metropolitan areas in the United States. The findings indicated that the number of cable access centers is growing, and that the majority of them are funded directly by the local cable company (or indirectly through a city's use of franchise fees). Most centers have paid directors and staff and state-of-the-art equipment, but differ widely in their number of programing hours and the programing content. In addition, the study found that access coalitions existed in the majority of communities with a center, and that at least half of the centers were required as a condition of the franchise agreement. Oversight by the local cable company appeared to be important to the level of activity of a center, and most centers engaged in public information practices, although the degree and techniques varied. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cable Access Centers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).