Not so scatty TV
By Adam Hanieh
ADELAIDE — SCAT TV, a community-based television station is a breath of fresh air in the heavily monopolised world of media.
SCAT (which stands for student and community access television) began two years ago at Underdale College. It differs from both commercial and public television in that it encourages involvement from the community. It aims to present "useful TV" — more critical, self-aware, and empowering.
SCAT's first broadcast was with the Fringe Festival, a biennial alternative arts festival. The broadcast was eight months in the making and lasted for nine days.
Like most alternative media, SCAT lacks the resources of the mainstream. The government has not provided money, and SCAT relies on sponsorship from other sources. There is only one broadcasting licence available for Adelaide, and this has presented difficulties for SCAT in obtaining clearly defined broadcasting times.
SCAT is on the agenda amongst the youth and arts community in Adelaide. It is open to anyone who has an idea, to get involved and see it become reality. Whether it's politics, economics or sending up soap operas, SCAT has done it.
Presently there is about 40 hours of live to air and 60 hours of pre-taped material available. SCAT has a membership of around 250 and hopes to be broadcasting regularly from July.
For more information about SCAT ring (08) 212 2250, or drop into the office at 40 Register St, Adelaide.