Local-access cable shows are sharpening their focus- Public-access programs sharpen with advances in technology, funding
By Steven A. Rosenberg
On a recent evening inside a cavernous former bank in downtown Brockton, Manuel Andrade sat down in front of three studio cameras and taped his 782d cable-access show in Creole.
That same week, Joe Lynch arrived at a former fire station in Union Square to interview Attorney General Martha Coakley, a gubernatorial candidate, on Somerville Community Access TV.
In Newton, Jenn Adams delivered details of Mayor Setti Warren’s proposed budget as she read from a teleprompter on NewTV.
It has been 42 years since a landmark decision by the Federal Communications Commission created public access channels, opening the door to free speech advocates and anyone with the gumption and time to air a TV show for free on local cable.