Given the escalating series of closures and Governor Baker’s recent emergency order modifying the Open Meeting Law, Amherst Media is developing protocols to help meet the community’s needs in the coming months.
“Amherst Media takes our role as providers of transparency into the local government’s procedures very seriously,” said Executive Director Jim Lescault. “It is in times like these, where fear can overshadow resolve, that the need for hyper-local news, updates, and reassurances are paramount.”
Amherst Media is working with the town IT Department and town leadership to provide remote cablecasting and streaming of essential government meetings.
“Additionally, we are encouraging our government leaders to utilize our cable channels as the nexus for live and taped messages to our community residents with timely COVID-19 updates,” said Lescault.
To help maintain their staff’s health, they are restricting use of their facilities to staff only. All equipment reservations are temporarily suspended as are editing stations.
“We apologize to our dedicated members and producers and will let them know once we lift this ban,” said Lescault.
“With many children and parents confined to their homes for the next few weeks or more, Amherst Media has scheduled uplifting programming on our Educational Channel 15, such as our award winning Curious Giraffe show for the children, as well as instructional cooking shows, science cafes, and entertaining musicians and painters. We tried to schedule something for everyone, knowing that people of all ages are currently homebound,” said Faith Gregory, Director of Programming. All of these programs will also be streaming on Amherst Media’s website.
Visit Amherst Media’s website or local Comcast channels 12, 15 and 17 to catch a variety of programming, many locally produced.