DEL MAR — Proposals are being accepted from businesses or organizations interested in running the Del Mar TV Studio. Time Warner Cable, which currently oversees the daily operations, notified the city verbally in mid-September and in writing Oct. 24 that it will no longer provide services after the end of the year. Time Warner and the city have been working on a month-to-month contract since the original agreement expired in December 2006.
“They had brought it to our attention that (the contract) was expired but they didn’t tell us that they no longer wanted to do it until recently,” City Clerk Mercedes Martin said.
“Bottom line is, Time Warner is going to no longer … support the operations of the studio as of Jan. 1,” Mayor Dave Druker said, adding that the city should not be responsible for running the studio because Del Mar TV is a public access station.
“We do not, as a city, want to be in charge of public access because … anybody will be able to do whatever they want,” Druker said. “We don’t have any recourse.” A private operator can create standards in terms of the public access, he said.
The service provider will support city government, public access and local origination programming and promote the studio as a revenue-generating facility. It will also provide the crew and staff to manage, run and maintain the city-owned equipment. The Del Mar TV Foundation has expressed interest in taking over, but all interested parties are encouraged to submit a proposal.
Forms are available at City Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. For more information or to receive forms electronically, e-mail a request to CityClerk@delmar.ca.us. A company name, contact person, phone number and e-mail and mailing address are required.
A studio tour and pre-proposal conference will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the studio, 240 10th St. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. Nov. 17.