CTSB won’t cut the cord, just yet

(Abigail Miglorie) Leo Mahoney has been with CTSB for 17 years. He has made it a goal to integrate clear video and sound and to make programs accessible for the community.

CTSB station manager Leo Mahoney has seen it all.

It’s been 17 years since he joined the Lee-based nonprofit television newsroom at Community Television for the Southern Berkshires, and 17 years since he has watched cable expand to clear pictures, meshing with the currents of technology.

CTSB which airs regular coverage of education and governmental meetings for the public, covering Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Sheffield and Lee, but CTSB also sticks out colorfully with an array of membership television and classes.

The network recently added the Weekly “Monument Mountain Television” show, The Mount Everett Morning Show during weekdays, a tri-state film festival called “The Buzz” produced by Monument Mountain Students, and “Building Your Own Personal Computer Parts One through Four” by John O’ Toole, and they hold an open studio for the public on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. to practice skills and scripts.

But at the end of 2018, CTSB and small cable news networks throughout the country have felt a threat.

The stations have been awaiting the upcoming Federal Communications Commission rule that could drastically change the way cable news networks operate, a mandate that could limit potential funding and programs the stations currently have.

“The times are changing,” Mahoney said. “It will be huge if it happens and could change how we operate day to day.”

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