Dear Members and Friends,
John F. Kennedy once said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." We at BITV hope you know how much we are thankful for YOU. Without your support, we simply would not have been able to offer the quality local programming, city government coverage, and community education that made us a valuable asset to the residents of Bainbridge Island for 25 years.
As you may be aware, the City prematurely terminated its contract with BITV and chose to no longer fund BITV and Public Access Television, or to retain BITV as the public access manager. The City reversed a 20-year history of public access support and decided to only fund city council meetings. The outlook for next year was not any brighter. The city manager told BITV that Comcast revenue would move on to other projects. We evaluated many options to stay open while keeping the community's best interest in mind. But because the City would not negotiate at all, or pay BITV for the 4th quarter services they requested BITV to perform, the Board of Directors decided to shut down the organization in order to satisfy our financial liabilities. As of December 13, 2010, we will cease operations and cablecasting on Comcast Channels 12 and 22.
We at BITV are sad to say good-bye, but we also want to remember what the organization achieved with the help of people like you. Starting in 1984, we grew our non-profit organization into two vibrant cable channels as well as streaming video. In the last year alone, more than 1500 local stories were cablecast on our news program called BNews. These stories connected Bainbridge Island residents, organizations, and businesses like never before. Our education programs impacted hundreds of youth and adults. Our daily TV programs, of which many were created by people like you, gave Islanders a sense of why we chose Bainbridge as our home. We're saying good-bye knowing every day we continued to follow our mission "To inspire, build, and strengthen community by providing services, tools, and opportunities through public access media."
As we fade to black, we thank you beyond measure, and we celebrate your contributions and your spirit of community. We have enjoyed our association with you and want you to know that you made a difference.
The BITV Team