Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Access denied?

access31 A month ago it seemed that there could be a future for ailing community TV channel Access 31, but today the station is now no more.

Station chief Andrew Brine had resigned from the station earlier this week but as recently as yesterday was quoted in the press saying that he felt the station still had potential.  Today it is off the air.

From this afternoon, Access 31 has ceased all program transmission and in its place is a simple caption:

"18th June 1999 - 6th August 2008.  Access 31 thanks all our loyal viewers, sponsors and program providers for your support."

The channel was offered a financial lifeline last month with an offer of $500,000 from a local Perth businessman Gary Baverstock, plus $250,000 from LotteryWest, enough to keep the station afloat for another year, but both offers were seemingly withdrawn by today.

Source: WAToday, WAToday, TV Tonight
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