request for TV station rightly tabled
TV a good idea, but needs a little more thought
time is ... well, not now.
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization asked the House
of Student Representatives Tuesday to table their $38,000
loan request to start a student-run television station,
citing confusion and a lack of support.
In a statement, club members Michael Hennig and Jason
Ruth said they would only feel comfortable moving forward
with the station with the evident and comprehensive
support of TCUs students, faculty and student government.
We commend members of the CEO Club for realizing that
no such comprehensive support exists.
At the same time, we also commend the group for taking
the initiative to propose such a television station. Its
a great idea.
The task, however, is a giant undertaking. A television
station, or even a newspaper, is not a vehicle created
solely for the purpose of the advertising dollar. The
time and expertise necessary to run a television station
cannot be underestimated, especially by a group asking
the House for nearly $40,000.
Before Spring Break, Michael Hennig told the House there
would be two students selling advertising for every one
person producing programming. While the CEO Club intended
to hire radio-TV-film and journalism majors, were
not sure they would have been capable of running a professional
station without professional guidance.
We think that if a student-run television station were
to be feasible, it would need to be funded and overseen
by the university. That would provide the stable financing
and expertise necessary for the station to succeed.
The station would need the cooperation of both the radio-TV-film
and journalism departments and a university authority
to settle conflicts and funding questions that would inevitably
arise between parties.
Give the CEO Club credit for dreaming big. But wed
like to see the university get behind a student TV station.