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PROTEST FOR KTVU'S MEDIA CONSOLIDATION ATTEMPT
Date Tuesday June 16
Time 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Details
2 Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94623
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorCoalition for Independent Media
POWER GRAB FOR PUBLIC AIRWAVES:
KTVU/COX WILL STIFLE MINORITY BROADCASTING IN THE BAY AREA

BoycottKTVU.com
Twitter:BoycottKTVU BoycottKTVU [at] gmail.com

*** PROTEST SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16, 2009 AT 3:30 PM OUTSIDE KTVU'S HEADQUARTERS ***

In what can only be described as a pure power grab, $15 billion conglomerate Cox, owner of KTVU Channel 2 & KICU Channel 36, is trying to add to the two stations they already own in the Bay Area.

If successful, the move would effectively shut down the efforts of multiple minority-led organizations launching free television programming to gravely underserved markets.

KTVU claims in a recent filing to the FCC they will lose part of the coverage they currently enjoy on Channel 2 after they switch to digital TV this Friday. They have asked the FCC to give them Channel 42 as compensation for their alleged loss of coverage.

Yet they already own a higher powered station – KICU-TV in San José – that could do the job much better on one of its multiple program streams.

Instead, by grabbing for Channel 42, KTVU will stifle a coalition of community broadcasters organized by KAXT, a locally owned, minority-led television station ready to launch 22 free over-the-air channels on June 12th.

If KTVU is allowed to take away the channel first filed for by KAXT with the FCC in 2007, it would set a dangerous national precedent for all independent media outlets.

A protest outside of KTVU's headquarters at 2 Jack London Square in Oakland, CA is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16 at 3:30 pm. All of the displaced groups will have strong representation.

Below is a comprehensive slate of the programming set to air on KAXT, featuring the first free-to-air South Asian television channel in the country, the first 24/7 Vietnamese channel in the region, two local Spanish channels, a channel targeting the African-American community, not to mention Filipino content.
For a more detailed look at media consolidation, a petition and contact information

for KTVU, Cox, the FCC and local leaders who need to hear our voices, please visit:

BoycottKTVU.com
Twitter: BoycottKTVU
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KAXT-TV PROGRAM LINE UP
“22 Channels on Channel 22”

All channels are 24/7 -- 12 video channels -- 10 radio channels on TV

This first of its kind local programming lineup is now on hold:

Channel 22.1, Cool Music Network – A music video channel programmed for local viewers’ tastes, which includes music and entertainment news, as well as the broadcast of national and local concerts.

Channel 22.2, Que Huong TV – A local 24/7 Vietnamese channel, the first of its kind in the US, featuring news, community programs, cultural events and activities.

Channel 22.3, Tiempos Finales – Local Christian Spanish channel with programs produced in the KAXT studios, in local churches and on location addressing the concerns and issues of the Hispanic/Latino community.

Channel 22.4, Bahia TV – Local Spanish channel with family programming, community events and activities, educational content and political dialogue.

Channel 22.5, Diya TV – First free 24/7 South Asian channel in the nation with locally produced talk show for women, political panels, entertainment, educational programming, movies and news.

Channel 22.6, Coastal TV – A California tourist channel exploring the California coast, featuring events, activities and vacation spots like Monterey, the Sonoma Wine Country, and San Francisco.

Channel 22.7, My Family TV – A television network focused on family-friendly entertainment with national news.

Channel 22.8, i2TV – Truly interactive television featuring user generated content seamlessly integrated online and on-air. Content includes weddings, graduations, little league & high school games, and those who want to be a “star”.

Channel 22.9, The Real Hip Hop Network – Music, news and entertainment focused on Hip Hop music directed toward the African-American community.

Channel 22.10, Corner Store - a localized arrangement of infomercial programs.

Channel 22.11, Peanut TV – User generated Real Estate programming enabling all to view homes for sale. Proprietary service allows locals to advertise their home listings for free online and on air.

Channel 22.12, Mobile Peanut TV – Free, locally generated listings for cars, motor homes, boats and motor cycles on both television and online.

Radio on TV Channels:
Channel 22.13 – Indian Spiritual Music (Various languages)
Channel 22.14 – Indian Classical Music (Various languages)
Channel 22.15 – Indian Talk Religious (Hindi/Punjabi)
Channel 22.16 – Indian Talk Religious (Tamil)
Channel 22.17 – Indian Pop Music (Various)
Channel 22.18 – Vietnamese – Que Huong Radio
Channel 22.19 – Vietnamese – Religious Talk
Channel 22.20 -- English – Religious Talk
Channel 22.21 – Spanish – Religious Talk
Channel 22.22 – Spanish – Local churches with music, sermons
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jun 11th, 2009 10:26 AM
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