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Shaw committed to local programming


FORT FRANCES—While the company is making changes to the way it operates in Fort Frances, Shaw has vowed to try and keep aspects of local programming viewers here are used to, including town council meetings.

Deb Avis, vice-president of marketing for Shaw Cablesystems, said Monday that Shaw general manager Doug Steele has been in contact with several freelance “shooters” (camera operators) in town to produce local content, and is expected to retain one very shortly.

To answer one question on many cable subscribers’ minds, Avis also confirmed Shaw will continue to provide coverage of town council meetings throughout the summer and thereafter.

Shaw also will be covering the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship this week.

As well, Avis said Shaw is committed to providing “stories that matter to Fort Frances.”

Ideas already being bandied about include coverage of Economic Development Advisory Committee meetings to stories about the Canada-U.S. border (i.e., cross-border shopping, comparative gas prices, what people should know when crossing the border, etc.)

“There’s also a commitment to try our best to keep up the [Fort Frances Lions TV] Bingo,” Avis noted, adding Shaw will try and keep the “live” capability in the local studio so it can be used by community groups for events like the Kiwanis TV auction.

“That’s one of the things Shaw’s committed to in communities where we operate,” stressed Avis.

The company also will try to make provisions for the community listing (the familiar green and blue screen listing upcoming events).

Avis said she wants local residents to know Shaw is “committed to the community and the town,” and will work to maintain “a great relationship with the town.”

Town administration and members of council, who previously voiced concerns over the changes, met with Shaw representatives here last Friday, at which time the company answered their questions.

As previously reported, Shaw programming for Fort Frances and Atikokan now will be overseen out of its offices in Dryden and Kenora.

However, the local retail office will remain open and local technicians will continue to service Fort Frances.

(Fort Frances Times)

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