ALBUQUERQUE, YOUR public access channel 27 and Encantada channel 26, as brought to you by Quote-Unquote Inc., is threatened with extinction after 30 years of serving the community with a free-speech broadcast outlet.
In a bid to replace the existing operations and telecasts available from QUQ, uPublicTV has been awarded the negotiable $387,000 first year contract by the city of Albuquerque. A move perplexing to QUQ and their supporters, in part because their own contract bid would cost the city $117,000 less.
Opponents to the change debate the viability of the programming contract with uPublicTV because the organization is cited as holding a contract for a city funded education channel that failed to ever air any content. Further outrage is brewing as many view the switch as an attack on free speech as QUQ has allegedly come under fire by the city for its liberal content – and the move is being seen as a form of censorship for its seeming lack of economical and logical basis.
Read a comprehensive article covering both organizations in the current issue of The Weekly Alibi here.
QUQ has a chance at survival if the City Council and the Mayor’s Office agree to appeal the award to uPublicTV at the November 7 City Council meeting.
To learn about the campaign to save QUQ visit their website, Facebook page and see the call to action from, Media Literacy Project here:
If you are an Albuquerque resident call City Council at 505-768-3100 and leave a message in support of Quote-UnQuote. City Council has the final say on all contracts. Look up your city councilor here at this website http://www.cabq.gov/council/ (Ask for a review of the Public Access RFP Process).
If you are an Albuquerque resident you can also attend the Monday, Nov. 7 City Council meeting. This will be in the Griegos Chambers of One Civic Plaza at 5pm.
Bert is gonna be all over this – Like Mayor Berry (a.k.a. The Duke) on pigeon poop, Sesame Street’s resident pigeon lover may soon be on the case!
Much like Susana Martinez and Jan Brewer before her, poo-pooing all over human rights the immigrant situation, an infestation of pigeons are crapping hazards down all over our fair city and the government is about to intervene (with our input).
Mayor Berry & co. want to control the pigeon situation for our protection. The birds are over breeding causing health and safety concerns for the Q and beyond.
Bert is not likely gonna sit for any of this. Not only is he open to all race, creed, color, orientation and fabrics, he also LOVES the poop machines that are pigeons.
We expect a certain long faced, orange nosed celebrity sighting of the muppet variety in the Q shortly, as The Duke will soon put out the force on pigeon hoarders, boarders and subsidizors.
Keep your eyes peeled for Bert wearing an “FTS” sticker on his iconic stripped shirt over classic white Turtle-neck. He’s sure to protest at city hall with an entire flock of his feathered lovers in tow.
In the meantime read-up on the problems pigeons unleash on our fair city here and submit thoughtful and realistic ideas on how to control the pigeon population here before the fuzzy-white-haired, friend to all animal friends, Bob Barker descends and is mistakenly taken out by a hunt-happy Sarah Palin on her next visit here to endorse something Susana.
“The Mayor wants to assure you that the film industry has been great for Albuquerque. It has had a positive impact on our economy and has created numerous jobs from carpenters to local vendors. There will be many proposals before the legislature between now and the end of the session. We have confidence that the legislature, the administration and the industry will get together and reach a solution that will continue to attract the film industry to New Mexico.” – Tito O. Madrid, Director of Constituent Services, Office of Mayor Richard J. Berry
So much in fact that our local crime stoppers is running short on funds. In his efficient, effective and appropriate use of media and publicity Berry has so far been reaching into the community to clean out the bottom of the barrel with the help of its citizens.
So whether it’s your Abulita making the calls, reformed rule breakers or just plain tattlers it’s the tips from the community that will help the Duke continue to make a difference in metro crime.
Call 843-STOP to report a crime or tips to solve existing cases.