The Botched Inauguration

ECTV managed again to make us fools by failing to accomplish the successful live broadcast of the inauguration of Mayor DeMaria, the City Council and the School Committee Monday night.

For many of us, the inauguration came to an end at 6:10 p.m. just as Father Cha Cha of the Immaculate Conception Church delivered the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony.

The ceremony began at 6:00 p.m.

Then the screen went blank with this notation: “This video file cannot be played. (Error Code:232400)”

Others we spoke with regarding the gaffe indicated the ceremony broadcast went on and off, more off than on.

Ours never came back on.

Others complained the stage was not properly illuminated, and that the camera was too far away from the stage, making it difficult to identify the new members.

Let this botched broadcast be a reminder – ECTV is not the mayor’s personal television station.

It is not his decision what is to be shown and what is to be deleted.

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Does ECTV have a clue?

Last week’s ECTV broadcast of the city council meeting from the high school library was another failure.

For more than an hour, it was impossible trying to watch the meeting and to understand what the participants were saying.

Once again, the ECTV technician was unable to run a meeting so that the city councilors could be understood.

Some of us believe the ECTV people must be humorists or comedians and that they are deliberately trying to get us to laugh when we can’t understand what the councilors are saying.

After all, there is something poetic about such a scenario.

It is magnificent watching some of the councilors go on and on about nothing and we can’t make out what they are saying. Allowing this to go on, sometimes for 15 minutes, is hilarious, with many of the councilors simply pleased with themselves, delighted to be on tv talking but not really knowing anyone can make out what they are saying!

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Missing council video investigation comes up empty

Angry Capone asks why this is the only vanished


The case of the missing city council video will not be solved any time soon following a thorough investigation by the mayor’s office, the mayor’s chief of staff Erin Deveney informed the council Monday night.

The efficacy of allowing the mayor’s office to investigate the missing video was not questioned.

The missing video from the meeting several months back detailed how Councilor Gerly Adrien was harangued and asked to resign by several of her colleagues because she refused to attend the meeting in person, among other difficulties her colleagues had with her presence on the council.

Adrien believes the attacks on her were racially motivated, a sentiment expressed by many of those who watched the proceedings that night.

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