By Martin Anaya/Pacific Coast Television
Last week I told you about the Bruce Latimer 999 show, dropping tonight on Channel 26, Comcast and worldwide at www.PacificCoast.tv at 8:30 p.m. I talked a little about how awesome Bruce has been for the past 30 years he has been on the air and a little of the importance of Community Media.
This week, thanks to your tremendous response and questions, I thought I’d expand on the value and history of community-based media, particularly, PEG. What is PEG? PEG is an acronym for Public, Educational, and Governmental, access. It refers to Community television that is created specifically for a local area.
It is funded by Comcast and ATT subscription fees. PEG channels give the opportunity for community voices to be heard and provides a platform for the city itself. PEG platforms also allow for community members to create and submit their own programs for local tv, creating a reflection of the area itself.
PEG access has proven to be an important and often vital way of streaming local information throughout a community. By having PEG access, essential local information pertaining to a certain area is able to be distributed, which otherwise wouldn’t have been broadcast on “mainstream” media. Also, in times of emergency, PEG is a great tool. Just as we’re seeing now with this COVID pandemic. PEG channels like PCT provide special access to the county’s own government news and safety information.
In addition to serving community members with specific programs pertaining to them, PEG channels also focus on educating and training its audience. This summer PCT will be embarking on a series of online workshops. You won’t even have to leave your home.
We’ll be teaching how to Podcast and create other media from home or at the station.
This way, you can exercise your voice to help provide resources and other programs for a greater educational benefit. This way, PEG channels like PCT become vital when it comes to specific area-focused news, whether it be local public affairs content, cultural programs or information on the government. Without PCT, coverage for local news and culture on TV would greatly decrease and would leave a huge gap within our community.
By contributing directly to PEG media and creating its programs, people like you can actively help the community become stronger. I want your experience with our PCT and PEG channel to have an impact on bringing the community together through your projects and passion.
Stay tuned for more on the coming digital workshops and please watch Bruce Latimer’s 999 show tonight. He is a shining example of what PEG and community can do together. That’s Pacific Coast TV, Ch 26 Comcast @ 8:30 p.m. tonight or On-Demand worldwide at www.PacificCoast.tv.