News and Announcements

CTAMessenger Fall 2013 Newsletter Published

Brian Knoblock and Jen Scholz have done another fine job in producing the latest edition of CTAM's newsletter.  Check it out on our Resources page!

CTAM Archive Project a.k.a. Maine Community TV Archives On

CTAM Archives 


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Through the generous support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Archives, the Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) has received grant funds to begin an exciting, new archival project.

An invitation is being extended to all community television stations in Maine to participate by submitting existing video of historical events and topics unique to local people and places which will be cataloged and preserved on Through these materials can be accessed from a centralized data base from anywhere there is an internet connection with a few key search terms. This will be a valuable resource for individuals, groups, schools, genealogists and all those who wish to research and preserve the local community history and culture.

Belfast Community Television has been selected as the site where this project will be coordinated by Archivist, Anne Allee with technical oversight by Ned Lightner, Station Manager.

Inquiries are welcome at

Programs for submission should be sent in DVD format to:

CTAM Archive Project
c/o Belfast Community Media
93 Main Street
Suite 3
Belfast,ME 04915


George Stoney Passes Away


Sad news - pioneering public access advocate George Stoney has passed away.

Alliance for Community Media Mourns Passing of George Stoney, Community Media Pioneer

(McLean, VA, July 13, 2012) – The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) is saddened at the recent passing of George Stoney, a visionary and founder of the community media movement. George’s list of contributions to both public access and to the entire media industry is long and exceptional.

“George has been a wonderful mentor and role model to several generations of journalists, filmmakers, and free speech advocates,” said ACM Executive Director Sylvia Strobel. “His loss will be keenly felt by many in the media industry. We express our deepest sympathies to George’s family and friends.”

Stoney, who was 96, was a free-lance writer, documentary filmmaker and advocate of participatory media – often being cited as the Father of Public Access Television. Stoney served on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), and continued to team-teach a course at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Each year, ACM presents “The George Stoney – Dirk Koning Award” to an organization or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to championing the growth and experience of humanistic community communications.

HR1746 The Community Access Preservation Act

 Support the CAP Act ! Contact your Congressional Representative, (Chellie Pingree or Mike Michaud) and thank them for supporting this legislation, as it is important to the continuation of funding for PEG Access Centers in Maine. By allowing "PEG Support" funding to be used for operational as well as capital expenses, this bill will provide for thousands of jobs at PEG centers all over the country. Read more about it at:

Thank  you !

Words of Wisdom

Quote for the day:

"Giant companies left to regulate themselves will craft rules full of loopholes and exceptions that benefit their own interest, not the public interest,"
-          Matt Wood, associate director of Media Access Project
“FCC gets earful on further inquiries on net neutrality”
Bob Nichols and PegMedia.Com Featured in Bangor Daily News

Abigail Curtis, staff writer for BDN, has written an interesting and informative article about Bob Nichols and his vision behind creating the PegMedia.Com website for sharing locally produced video. You may read the complete article at

New Resources Added

On the Resources page of this website you will find two new sections: Access Center Policy Manuals and Franchise Agreements. If you would like to share either your center's policy manual or your community's franchise agreement, please e-mail them to for posting in the appropriate section.  Other materials for the CTAM Resources library would also be appreciated.

Video Programs Available/Wanted

Until your webmaster is able to create an interactive database of programs produced by Maine access centers and independant producers, please post a listing of programs that you would like to offer to other access centers and suggestions/requests for programming you would like to receive in a newly created section of our CTAM Forums.

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