It seems like everywhere I turn any more in Foster City I keep running into the local public access television station, FCTV. I see it in the Foster City Islander and I see it on-line and I saw their cameras out at the Arts & Wine Festival so I thought I’d comment on it. Turns out Foster City Television has been around since 1981 when it covered live council and planning commission meetings. In the 90’s it had become your typical local public access channel with pre recorded programs, bulletin boards and plenty of council meetings. In 2000 FCTV produced it’s first original production, about the FC fire department, and was met with many compliments.

FCTV also hit the web in 2000 and we now have the ability to see council meetings and several other locally produced programs via streaming video on-line. Other than San Bruno (which runs it’s own cable system) there’s no other city in San Mateo County that has a full production staff for it’s local government access channel other than FCTV. Foster City has been a leader in the county for developing programing directly relevant to those in the community. Every week FCTV produces a local newsbrief that sort of wraps up events here and can be seen both on-line or on channel 27 if your a Comcast subscriber. I’m sort of hooked on watching these newsbriefs because the host, Leah Edwards, changes her hair style for every broadcast…and I’m always anxious to see what she looks like next! They also have some pretty interesting programing on other local issues called City Snapshots plus a little talk show format about local individuals called FC Cafe. If you would like to check it out, here’s a link:



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