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Council continues to debate future of JCTV

Council members want to see what university is willing to contribute

Art Gerhard sits behind the controls of the board at the studio of JCTV. Gerhard has worked at JCTV for several years and has a number of duties at the small station.

Art Gerhard sits behind the controls of the board at the studio of JCTV. Gerhard has worked at JCTV for several years and has a number of duties at the small station. Photo by Julie Smith.

The funding for JCTV is secured through June 2013, but what happens after that is still a question.

The Jefferson City Council has been debating the funding issue for the city’s public, educational and government access channel throughout its budget discussions before ultimately deciding to continue funding the station until July 2013, for a total cost of $110,000, meaning a $55,000 cut to the overall JCTV budget.

Council members have looked at a variety of solutions, from an overall elimination of the station’s budget, as the mayor proposed in his initial budget, to continuing the funding as is. But the recurring theme is a desire to open the discussions with Lincoln University and see what both entities are willing to contribute.

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