HOUSTON - Harris County Republican Party Chairman, Jared Woodfill was encouraged by City Council's vote against the renewal of Houston MediaSource's contract for Public Access Programming.
"Yesterday City Council took action and I applaud those Council members for standing up and voting not to renew the contract. Their leadership deserves our gratitude," Chairman Jared Woodfill said. The Ordinance allowing renewal was defeated in a 7-5 vote.
Houston MediaSource had come under scrutiny for some programs it aired during the overnight hours; including, the airing of a program featuring a nude woman.
Councilmember Addie Wiseman had brought attention to the programming during recent council meetings discussing the renewal of the City's contract with the public broadcaster. The city uses mandatory fees collected from cable subscribers to fund Houston MediaSource's $800,000 budget.
"We shouldn't be handing out 'free' government money to people who produce this kind of material. This is not censorship; it is good stewardship of the public's money. If producers of questionable material want to air their programs they should be required to get private funding for their projects," Chairman Woodfill said.
Those seven members voting against renewal were:
Mark Ellis At-Large Position 1
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs At-Large Position 3
Michael Berry At-Large Position 5
Toni Lawrence District A
Addie Wiseman District E
M.J. Khan District F
Pam Holm District G