Message from People TV's Managing Director, Teddy Lewis
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People TV, Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016! For 30 years People TV has provided a forum for Atlanta residents and non-profit organizations to receive affordable television production training that allows them the opportunity to produce their own non-commercial community access television program. The mission has been and still is to promote the First Amendment right of free speech.
When I was hired at People TV in 2000 we had a core staff of around 17 full time employees and had an operating budget close to $600,000. In 2015 we experienced significant growth in our outreach and programming since our restructuring in 2013. We have managed to accomplish this with only 5 staffers (70% less than year 2000) and with an operating budget around $290,000 (52% less than year 2000). 15 years ago our operating hours averaged 90 hours a week. In 2015 our operating hours averaged 50 hours a week (44% decrease in operating hours from 15 years ago)
I am proud to say that under my leadership within the past year and despite limited funding and resources we are strengthening with each broadcast season. We are continuing to restabilize the organization and are poised to be the premier Public Access Media Technology Center in the state of Georgia. In 2015 we experienced significant growth in our facility usage. Our production facility had a 70% increase in usage hours and was used for a total of 55,736 hours. This amounted to free and discounted services made available to community producers and organizations valued at $573,438. We had an 88% increase in workshop participation with an estimated 376 community producers and artists that were trained and participated in orientation, studio, field and editing workshops. Last but not least we closed out 2015 with an estimated $31,000 in net funds.
In 2016 we have a budget of $312,000. We intend to increase our sustainability by planning to bring in $15,000 in fundraising activity and corporate sponsorship and also bringing in $10,000 in education, youth and operational support grants. We are fostering partnerships with local organizations and educational institutions to further sustain the richness of People TV. We intend to further diversify our outreach by connecting with communities that would include but are not limited to the youth community, disabled community, the LGBT community and all ethnic groups that make up the great City of Atlanta.
People TV was prepared to close down in 2012 but thanks to our Board of Directors, Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Council we are still here in 2016 and we intend to stay. To show our appreciation to the City of Atlanta we presented the Mayor’s Office with our first Community Partner Award in 2015.
Our continued existence is further unified by the support of all stakeholders of People TV. We must maintain a spirit of cooperation to move forward. People TV needs your help to exist another 30 years. If we do not step up for the betterment of People TV and for its mission then People TV will surely die.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama
In my current capacity I am further committed to ensuring that People TV is not simply seen as Atlanta's Public Access Center but as Atlanta's Premier Media Technology Center.
Thanks to all of our supporters People TV is here to stay!

Managing Director
People TV, Inc.
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