DETV clears hurdle in effort to gain Wilmington’s public access channel


The Cable, Video & Telecommunications Commission selectedDETV as its recommendation to be the next Third Party Operator (TPO) of Channel 28, the city’s Public Access/Leased Access (PALA) television station.

An ordinance for first and second reading will be presented at the February 21st Wilmington City Council Meeting.

The current agreement with the Leased Access Preservation Association (LAPA) is set to expire on March, 31, 2019. The deadline prompted a Request for Proposal to be sent out to the public in November soliciting interested TPOs.

The Commission received proposals from LAPA and DETV.

DETVbills itself as “200 percent positive news 100 percent of the time” and made a determined effort to gain the leased channel.

The City’s Cable, Video & Telecommunications Commission, chaired by Council President Hanifa Shabazz, is made up of representatives from the Wilmington City Council and Mayor’s administration and was responsible for reviewing the proposals and conducting interviews.

The selection was made by a vote of 7-2 to recommend DETV as the next operator of the channel

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