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New focus approved for Fair TV Committee

Updated 6:15 am, Thursday, November 15, 2012
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After a little editing, the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved a new focus for the group overseeing public-access broadcasting of town meetings.

The selectmen approved both a new charge and new members for the Fair TV Committee.

The committee was established in 2007 to set up policies for Fair TV, which broadcasts local government meetings. Previously, the meetings, such as those of the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting, were taped by the service and shown at a later date.

Meetings held in Sullivan-Independence Hall and the Board of Education offices are broadcast live.

This latest configuration of the Fair TV Committee will be in existence until next June 30, when the panel will present a report to the selectmen including recommendations for the future of Fair TV; any recommendations for creating a permanent committee via a town ordinance, and the year-to-date activities of Fair TV.

"That makes sense to me," said Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey. She said if the decision then is to recommend a new ordinance governing the program, the committee should invite RTM members to its meetings.

Appointed on Wednesday to the new Fair TV Committee were: Thomas Flynn, Alexis Harrison, Pamela Jones and James Kennelly.

Fair TV receives funding through the Cable Advisory Council to provide government and educational access on Channels 78 and 79, via Cablevision.

Plans also call for the meeting broadcasts to be live-streamed on the town's website, http://www.fairfieldct.org Right now, however, meetings on the town website will be taped.