"Fella said he had spoken with representatives of the five organizations that provide funding for the station, including Loudon County Commission, the county school board, Lenoir City Council, the Lenoir City school board and the city of Loudon. None of the organizations has a problem or concern with the policy of not including public comments, Fella said."
At the May 7th, School Board workshop meeting, School Board member Lisa Russell brought up TV-3's airing of school board meetings. School Board member Van Shaver asked, why is Jim Fella (TV-3 station manager) editing anything? No vote was taken by the previous School Board requesting that TV-3 edit public comments at school board meetings yet Fella claims that he spoke to someone. Shaver asked other school board members and he also asked Director Honeycutt and his secretary if they told Fella to edit public comments from school board meetings; all shook their heads in a no motion.Video Clip Why is Jim Fella editing anything?
The station manager wants everyone to think that he is only following the directives of some officials but who are these officials and where are the minutes and votes by local government or agencies who requested that TV-3 edit (cut out) public comments at the end of public meetings?
Should Loudon County TV-3 continue to receive public funding when the advisory committee doesn't want to hear from the public? Is TV-3 working at the detriment of the public?