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Wausau Area Access Channel to shut down

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Mayor Jim Tipple announced the closure of the Wausau Area Access Channel, Monday.

The announcement came in Mayor Tipple's morning press conference.

Both the Public and Education & Government access channels (Cable Channel 98/980 and 96/981) will stop broadcasting after 2009.

According to a news release from the Mayor's Office, the cost of maintaining the channels would be $90,000. According to Mayor Tipple, this may solve the city's budget shortfall.

The Wausau Access Coordinator position will be eliminated and the Wausau Area Access Channel Office in City Hall will close. Mayor Tipple says tough economic times required "tough decisions."

The Wausau Area Public Access Channels are most commonly used to broadcast community events including: forums, meetings, sporting events, graduations.

Newsline 9's Colby Robertson attended today's announcement and will bring you the latest on WAOW.com and Newsline 9 at 5PM.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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