MVTV head reports to selectmen

Last week, Julienne Turner, executive director of MVTV appeared before West Tisbury selectmen to brief town officials on the cable television station’s budget needs and programming survey.

MVTV is the Island’s only community cable access channel. Programming includes town government meetings. MVTV receives funding from Comcast, the Island’s cable provider, as part of a 10-year licensing agreement currently up for renewal.

Ms. Turner has been making the rounds, meeting with selectmen in all the Island towns.

Ms. Turner said that currently, MVTV provides 20.5 hours of original programming weekly from its 1,560-square foot facility on the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Ms. Turner said that in the next decade MVTV plans to increase capacity by building a larger facility, improving and expanding classes and training opportunities, and improving the quality of production on cable channels 13, 14, and 15.

In a written report presented to the selectmen, Ms. Turner wrote, “A huge demand exists for more space. Specifically, restroom facilities, a training room, a minimum of four separate edit bays, a meeting room, a hot studio, a larger space for master control equipment and staff offices.”

Ms. Turner said that although MVTV has $450,000 in a reserve fund and $30,000 in a contingency fund, another $320,000 is currently needed to make the necessary improvements to equipment and the facility.