More info on Research Bureau’s iffy stats

posted by Mike on December 15th, 2006

Richard Nangle adds a new detail with his article in today’s paper:

“We didn’t just speak to the access people; we also spoke to the city regulators,” [WCCA’s] Mr. DePasquale said. For example, he said, The Research Bureau reported what Fort Worth received in a grant from its cable operator for capital and equipment and left out about $1 million in operating funding from the city.

[The Research Bureau’s] Ms. Schaefer responded, “We did not include capital grants in ours and he included capital grants in his chart.”

I asked them this yesterday: did your report oversimplify the funding picture? Now Ms. Schaefer is admitting that yes, there are aspects of funding that they didn’t report on.

If WCCA’s numbers are right, in some cases the Research Bureau oversimplified to the tune of $1,000,000.

(Not just capital grants, but also operating funds.)

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  1. On December 17, 2006 at 21:19 Mauro said:

    One more wrong thing to add to the story: As you know the Bureau compared WCCA TV against a number of public access centers. The more we looked into the report, the more errors we kept finding. We looked to find the public access center in Bay City and discovered that a public access station does not even exist there.

    WRONG INFORMATION LEADS TO WRONG DECISIONS.

    Mauro

  2. On December 17, 2006 at 23:18 Mike said:

    To clarify: Bay City may have a publicly-funded station, but may not be public access, and not available for the use of the public at large. But I haven’t confirmed this, being too lazy to phone them myself.

  3. On December 18, 2006 at 09:57 Mike said:

    I spoke too soon; here’s a T&G article about this:
    http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061218/NEWS/612180615/

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