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What Will Happen to Monrovia's Cable Channel KGEM?



Robert Parry posts on Facebook that he has received a letter from Champion Broadband saying it is shutting down its Monrovia service. And he asks, "How do we preserve KGEM?" 

Brian Johnson adds: "KGEM is supported by the fees the cable companies pay to the city as part of their licensing.  I don't think the satellite companies pay those fees.  So, no cable, no KGEM."

UPDATE: Mayor Mary Ann Lutz writes, "I asked the City Manager to invite Mark Haverkate from Giggle to our next Council meeting. He has accepted and will be at the City Council Meeting on March 17."

- Brad Haugaard

5 comments:

  1. I asked the City Manager to invite Mark Haverkate from Giggle to our next Council meeting. He has accepted and will be at the City Council Meeting on March 17.

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  2. Is Time Warner no longer paying fees? I would think they have more subscribers then Champion did & they are cable not satellite.

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  3. I get it on Time Warner, which I got after Satellite shut down the Dodgers. BTW, that's the reason I won't change to Giggle.

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  4. How many people watch the channel and what does it do for them?

    City Council meetings? Attend too many of those and you'll suffer brain damage from the level of ado about so very little (if Pasadena's meetings are any indication).

    Is this an ego thing? Or a valuable service?

    BTW, the understanding of economics, that the cable companies pay fees, is low.

    The customers of those companies pay the fees. Your neighbor is paying the fee in his cable bill. If you really need this channel, don't pick your neighbor's pocket, pay for it yourself. Like KCET.

    Then we'll find out whether this idea is a good one or not.

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