In a 12 to 8 vote, the alders chose not to restore $30,000 of the $70,000 they will be taking away from WYOU in 2010. The station will go from $140,000 PEG funds in 2009 to just $70,000 in 2010.
Giving voice to the people and supporting free speech is not important to Mayor Dave or the majority of the alders. Instead, the monies they are taking away from WYOU will be going to their personal station, the City Channel. City Channel currently gets the vast majority of PEG fees that come from Charter Cable subscribers, but now they will have nearly all of it!
Thanks Mayor Dave and council members for letting such a valuable resource and community builder like WYOU slip away. You have failed us and the Madison community.