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Alliance for Community Media Criticizes Albuquerque RFP Process

Contact: Nancy Lu
703-556-7175
nlu@allcommunitymedia.org

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ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY MEDIA CRITICIZES ALBUQUERQUE RFP PROCESS


(McLean, VA, November 7, 2011) – The National Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) issued a rebuke in its board meeting last week against the City of Albuquerque for its failure to conduct due diligence and fair dealing in its review of access television proposals. The ACM also demanded that the city rescind its offer to uPublic, withdraw its request for proposal, and extend its agreement with Quote…Unquote for the indefinite future.

While the uPublic proposal failed to meet many of the minimum requirements specified in the City of Albuquerque’s RFP, it also certified that it was a 501c3 organization in good standing.  The ACM learned that uPublic (known under the legal name of GCMA) had its 501c3 status revoked by the IRS in June, 2011, more than two months prior to its submission of the proposal and certification.  The failure by the City of Albuquerque to undertake even the most simple due diligence demonstrates a failed RFP process, at best.

“Quote…Unquote has served the Albuquerque community for nearly three decades, and has built hundreds of long standing partnerships with local universities, high schools, art organizations, sports entities, social justice groups, city and state agencies, museums, restaurants, filmmakers, local businesses, local and national coalitions, and many more.  The obvious failure by the City of Albuquerque to undertake a competitive and fair RFP process – one in which due diligence was required – has resulted in Quote…Unquote spending valuable resources to fight for its rights and the rights for the citizens of Albuquerque,” said Sylvia Strobel, Executive Director of the ACM.

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About the Alliance for Community Media: Founded in 1979, the Alliance for Community Media is a national, non-profit membership organization committed to ensuring access to electronic media for all people.  The Alliance for Community Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource for the more than 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) cable channels nationwide. For more information, visit ACM’s new website at www.allcommunitymedia.org.

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