Local TV station KBCI 9 shut down
April 20, 2017
After discovering technical issues in the
handling of a contract regarding the
establishment of KBCI Channel 9 between the
Boundary County Translator District Board and
TechPartner, 6720 Main Street, Bonners Ferry,
owned by former translator district board chair
Michael Listman, the board held a special
meeting April 4 and terminated the October 4,
2015, agreement, effectively taking the local
television channel off the air.
The contract at issue was for TechPartner to
manage the KBCI studio; the rebroadcasting of
other channels that have always been rebroadcast
are not affected.
"It was discovered that a violation to the Open
Meeting Law occurred on October 4, 2015 at a
special meeting held by the Translator Board,"
the board's April 4, 2017, minutes read.
"Business discussed included the annual budget
for 2015-2016; the contract to provide TV
broadcast studio services to the county from
TechPartner; the expired terms of Michael
Listman and Barry Coleman; board appointment of
board positions. As a result of the open meeting
violation, all items discussed and approved were
done so in violation of the Open Meeting Law."
"Due to some technical difficulties that the
Boundary County Translator District is
experiencing; programing/broadcasting of local
KBCI channel 9 has ceased," district president
Allen Gemmrig wrote in a press release submitted
to the Bonners Ferry Herald April 12. "The other
critical functions of the District associated
with the translation and rebroadcasting will
continue uninterrupted to assure that there will
be a fair, efficient, and equitable distribution
of television services within the area.
"At this time the District is evaluating how to
best serve the public and exploring options for
a path forward."
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