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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1989 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
The studio for "Truyen Hinh Vietnam," Southern California's only all-news television program in Vietnamese, is, in the producer's own words, "simple." Some might be less charitable. The walls cry out for a new coat of paint, equipment bins are dusty and studio execs--there are only two--give directions in Vietnamese as they stand on a patchwork of carpeting covering a concrete floor. But the broadcasting spirit is alive here--especially for this program.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1999 | Regina Hong, (714) 966-5912
A resident who produces infomercials has been selected to serve on the board for the local cable television channel. Packy MacFarland last week joined the Villa Park Community Access Television Corp., which produces public affairs programs for Channel 3. MacFarland owns Real to Reel Production, which he runs out of his Villa Park home. For the last two decades, MacFarland has produced many infomercials, including one called "Body by Jake." He was the only applicant considered.
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BUSINESS
July 15, 1990 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To hear the cable television companies tell it, Orange County Tax Assessor Bradley Jacobs is picking on cable TV. The cable companies claim that Jacobs' method of determining the value of property for tax purposes is using the industry as a test case for a new assessment procedure that will eventually hit all businesses. But Jacobs, who won't comment publicly on the cable industry's charges, is no renegade.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Times Mirror Cable Deal Advances: Times Mirror Cable Television Inc. said Monday it has completed its acquisition of a 20% interest in Community Cablevision from the Irvine Co. Within a year, Times Mirror plans to buy the rest of the system from the real estate developer for an undisclosed sum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the face of a cable TV industry advertising blitz complaining of higher tax bills, Orange County Assessor Bradley L. Jacobs lashed back Monday, accusing "Big Cable" of violating campaign reform laws by lying to residents and using a monopoly to gouge customers with inflated rates. "That monopoly allowed Big Cable to raise prices by more than 400% since 1983, and it's about time that the people got some of that back," Jacobs said in a press release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1990 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez cleared his throat, looked into the television monitor and greeted his audience with a hearty "Hola." Welcome to KBUENAvision, Orange County's only locally produced, Spanish-language television channel. The Fullerton-based cable channel began broadcasting in September to 25,000 subscribers in Santa Ana, where about half the population is Latino. And beginning Feb.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most widely watched Spanish-language news program in America was batting three for three during a recent newscast. Univision had dispatched correspondents to cover the three major stories of the day: The Persian Gulf crisis, the University of Florida serial killings and the Illinois tornadoes. And in each case, the news crews had obtained video interviews with victims, soldiers and families of a dead soldier-- in Spanish.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
The miracle of KDOC-Channel 56's "NewsWatch," Orange County's first locally produced, commercial, 30-minute nightly news telecast, was that its debut Monday was virtually indistinguishable from broadcasts by the major independent stations in the Los Angeles area. Co-anchors Michelle Merker and Pat Matthews did a more than respectable job, with only a few small technical glitches and a couple of minor flubs by Matthews. "We came through pretty much unscathed," Merker said when it was over.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religious fundamentalists are railing, Hollywood producers are said to be drooling and reporters nationwide are groveling over "Secret Passions," a gay-oriented soap opera under production in Orange County. Media including the Associated Press, TV Guide, Daily Variety and three Southland television stations have pounced on the story almost as if Zsa Zsa Gabor had hit again.
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January 19, 1990 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clay Hodges shot Jack Lemmon. Stephanie Star Smith crashed on Earth in a spaceship from another planet. Derek and Jeffery Larson, just three weeks after their birth, were fed to a baby-eating tree by an evil nanny. Then they all went back to their real lives in Orange County. You don't see their names in movie credits. You don't see their mugs on celebrity magazines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a 13-year cable TV service contract with Community Cablevision. The council unanimously approved the contract after convening a brief, final public hearing, at which nobody spoke. During earlier discussions, dozens of residents complained of poor picture quality and high price. But the council said earlier this month that it intended to approve the contract, which includes provisions for improved service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
Cable television subscribers will get one last chance Tuesday to offer their opinions on whether the City Council should renew its contract with Community Cablevision. The company's current 15-year contract with Irvine expires in August. The council said earlier this month that it intends to renew Community Cablevision's contract for 13 years. By law, it must hold a final public hearing before adopting a renewal ordinance. The hearing will be held as part of the regular City Council meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1992 | LEN HALL
Look for the City Council to arrive in your own home in June. After more than three years of cityhood, the council decided to spend the money necessary to provide television coverage of its meetings on local cable Channel 3. The council recently awarded $49,400 in contracts for a four-camera system with audio and videotaping equipment to be installed at City Hall. "Now is an excellent time for this, with the city up and running," Mayor Mike Eggers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The best way to describe cable TV's "The Lobdell Group" is to use the words of host and namesake Bill Lobdell: "It's a total rip-off of 'The McLaughlin Group.' " Like the nationally syndicated "McLaughlin Group," the Lobdell Group brings together political pundits who aren't afraid to be lively--that is, rude--while discussing the week's political events in front of a TV camera.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
The City Council last week agreed to allow Copley Colony Cablevision, the city's cable provider, to add seven more channels to its lineup. After several months of talks, the council agreed to amend its original contract with the cable operator to expand offerings beyond the current 64 channels. Copley Colony is in the process of polling residents to see what kind of additional services they want.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city Finance Commission will hold a second and final public hearing tonight before making its recommendations on renewing Irvine's cable-television contract. The city's current 15-year contract with the Irvine Co.'s Community Cablevision expires in August, and the commission will make a recommendation to the City Council on March 24 on the type of contract and the terms the city should seek in renewing the cable agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1999 | Regina Hong, (714) 966-5912
A resident who produces infomercials has been selected to serve on the board for the local cable television channel. Packy MacFarland last week joined the Villa Park Community Access Television Corp., which produces public affairs programs for Channel 3. MacFarland owns Real to Reel Production, which he runs out of his Villa Park home. For the last two decades, MacFarland has produced many infomercials, including one called "Body by Jake." He was the only applicant considered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a 13-year cable TV service contract with Community Cablevision. The council unanimously approved the contract after convening a brief, final public hearing, at which nobody spoke. During earlier discussions, dozens of residents complained of poor picture quality and high price. But the council said earlier this month that it intended to approve the contract, which includes provisions for improved service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1991 | FRANK MESSINA
The city's cable company has extended its contract to televise City Council meetings through the remainder of the fiscal year. The city will pay the Communications Support Group an extra $19,325 to continue the broadcasts until June, the council decided recently. The meetings appear live on a local access channel. The extra time will allow the city to further assess whether cable production should be handled with city staff or contracted out to a private firm, which is the current policy.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A publishing company has delayed the debut of its free television listings magazine so that it can expand its distribution to southeast Los Angeles County and Long Beach, in addition to 800,000 households in Orange County, a spokesman said Thursday. Originally planned for publication this month, the guide won't start arriving on doorknobs until the week of Nov. 3, said Kurt Lohse, spokesman for publisher Television Listing Co. in Costa Mesa. Weekly circulation will be boosted to 1.
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