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New TV Authority’s Modest Budget Precludes Larger Ambitions

A new state authority set up to produce broadcasts of the Colorado House and Senate will next week consider a 2010 budget that allows for those broadcasts only.
The entire $224,000 budget for the Colorado Channel Authority comes from $112,000 being put forward by both of the legislative chambers. The vast majority of the money, $206,250, will go to Deproduction, a nonprofit Denver-based production company, under a soon-to-be-executed contract that does not appear to be competitively bid. In two previous sessions, Deproduction produced broadcasts for the House; the Senate goes live in January on Comcast Channel 165 as well as the General Assembly’s website.
The channel authority, created by legislation in 2009 and chaired by State Rep. Debbie Benefield, is the vehicle that may one day produce other state Internet and cable-TV broadcasts, including the House and Senate commitees of the General Assembly, various executive branch boards and commissions, and the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. But beginning any of those efforts in 2010 is unlikely given the size of the authority’s proposed budget.
The budget will be considered by the authority at its next meeting, which is at 10 a.m. Monday in the state Capitol. The proposed budget is published below. As of 8 a.m. Friday, an agenda for the meeting had not yet been posted at the authority’s website.


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