The Peoples Channel

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! visits the Triangle

From our own wonderful media access center, The People's Channel:

Returning to the Triangle on the coattails of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, Amy Goodman, award winning journalist and founder of Democracy Now!, will speak at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on September 8, 2012. Ms. Goodman is on a nonstop book tour as the nation prepares for the 2012 presidential election in November.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the local media outlets that broadcast her program; The Peoples Channel & Durham Community Media, WNCU and WCOM. The last time Ms. Goodman was last in the Triangle in 2009 she spoke to a sold out crowd benefiting the same local nonprofit media organizations. If her last visit to the Triangle is any indicator, tickets are expected to sell out fast. 


Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 7:00pm


Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC

The Peoples Channel's 10th Year Celebration



The People’s Channel marks 10 years of community media in Chapel Hill, on the heels of starting a new operation for the Durham community.


In 1997 a small group of concerned community members formed a non-profit organization to facilitate Public Access TV for Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. That organization was The Peoples Channel (TPC).  The station opened its doors in the summer of 1998, and on May 30, 2009, will celebrate the completion of its 10th year with local bands, activities for kids and adults, free local North Carolina Barbeque, and a dessert potluck.  The celebration will take place at TPC, 300-AC South Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill, from 4-8pm and will also be broadcast live on Channel 8 in Chapel Hill and Orange County. This event is free and open to the public.


For ten years, TPC has been promoting the advancement of democratic ideals by ensuring that community members have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media.  Through TPC, area citizens have access to a free speech forum through media production, education and distribution of cable television programming.


Over the years, countless people have come to TPC to create and distribute their own media.  In a few weeks, TPC is set to expand their services into neighboring Durham, North Carolina, which up until recently had public access services operated by Time Warner Cable. TPC’s founders, Board of Directors, local media producers, and volunteers are proud of The Peoples Channel’s past achievements and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.


“I feel very blessed to have been a part of this organization over the last five years” states Chad Johnston, Executive Director.  “We have faced many challenges in that time, but because of the community’s support, we always seem to prevail.” 


Despite legislative changes regulating cable TV and times of economic hardships, TPC has continued to grow.  The 10 year celebration is a time for the community to reflect on the importance of having a space in the media for the community to speak to itself.  In times of greater media consolidation over the last decade, TPC has represented an electronic green space safe from commercial interests.  The event is also a time to celebrate the community which has made this space so vibrant and an integral part of the culture of Chapel Hill, and soon, Durham.


Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm


300 South Elliott Road

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to speak in Durham!

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! comes to Durham to benefit The Peoples Channel, WCOM, WNCU and Balance and Accuracy in Journalism!

April 8th, 7-9pm at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707 

Please support local community media by coming to this wonderful event! The event will sell out quickly, so make a donation for your ticket now!

Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and David Goodman

Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help. Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement? The answer: They are everywhere. The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed.
ISBN: 1401322883



Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 2:00pm


Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707

The Peoples Channel's Satisfaction Survey

Good evening OP folks,


I thought community members might find it interesting to see the results of our most recent satisfaction survey. I think it pretty accurately shows where the organization is: We’re doing a whole lot, with very little! You can view it at:

Local governments withhold public access TV funds

It seems like Chapel Hill and Orange County are giving our local public access provider quite the run around, when they should be giving them money! The programming on The Peoples Channel includes a wide variety of creative output and civic endeavors by local residents, plus they also carry the essential Democracy Now! If you don't find what you want on channel 8, you can march right in to the station, get low-cost training, and fill that gap. This nonprofit TV station is a tremendous asset to our community, and it deserves to be fully funded by our local governments.

Both Chapel Hill and Orange County received money for Chapel Hill channel 8, on which The People's Channel broadcasts.

Yet neither government has passed that money on to The People's Channel. The law says local governments must spend the supplemental money on PEG channels, but it doesn't specify which channels.


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