NCTV’s Anti-AGW Content Surprised Me Today

I was surprised today to catch the tail-end of a short video on NCTV expressing the fringe view that global warming is not caused by humans. The video also promoted a book called “Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years,” by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery.

The video, featuring a talk by Avery, is not in NCTV’s schedule but was shown just before the beginning of today’s channel 17 broadcast about noon of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ Special Meeting of July 6th.

I called NCTV staff and learned that this video is one of a large collection of short videos on file at the studio that are used as “fillers.” Short fillers allow NCTV staff to fill gaps between regularly-scheduled programs as they occur from time-to-time.

Quite properly, NCTV is “blind” to the content of its programming, precisely so that it will reflect the diversity of views in the community at large. NCTV staff told me that they have also run other programs on global warming.

This suggests to me that anyone in our community who wants to promote the mainstream view, anthropogenic (or “man-made”) global warming (AGW), would do well to offer some short content — preferably under 20 minutes — to NCTV to include in their filler library for future use.

Here’s a short 3-minute excerpt from the piece I caught today on channel 17, the government channel:

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11 Responses to “NCTV’s Anti-AGW Content Surprised Me Today”
  1. Anna Haynes says:

    Thank you Don. I don’t keep an eye on NCTV, and I should. Grrr.

    You know what might be interesting, in an “I’m cranky today” kind of way, is to do a short video explaining how phlogiston works, and spontaneous generation. And see that they run it…

  2. Anna Haynes says:

    Today I went in to NCTV and submitted a DVD of Peter Sinclair’s Climate Crock of the Week shorts; including one on Avery.

    so, keep an eye out…
    (wish I’d had the sense to realize earlier that I could just submit shorts, not just an (almost) entire half-hour or hour show.)

  3. depelton says:

    Anna. Good job!

    But don’t reproach yourself and I won’t reproach myself.

    How could we have known?

  4. Anna Haynes says:

    > “How could we have known?”

    A: We could have read the submission form more carefully.
    (that’s the royal we, btw)

  5. Anna Haynes says:

    Don (and others), a few days ago I was told that the Peter Sinclair shorts have been loaded into NCTV’s system; so if you see either them or more of this antiscience filler, please let me know.

  6. Anna Haynes says:

    And the NCTV station software reports that they *are* being played, pretty much daily. Encouraged by this I am now at work stitching together Naomi Oreskes, Jim Phillips, and Stephen Hawking/Carl Sagan.
    (since I’m a Final Cut Pro novice, the end product *will* have its Frankensteinian moments…)

  7. depelton says:


    Thanks so much for doing this!

  8. Anna Haynes says:

    And viola, it is finally done, and turned in to the powers that be at NCTV.

    Keep an eye out…

  9. Randy Hansen says:

    Noticed this article and thought it was funny that because NCTV plays content from all sorts of views that some people feel that only their view should be heard.

    Last time I looked this is the land of the free and whats important is freedom of speech. Public Access Television is not monitored except for x rated content and does take into consideration of copyright content.

    If you want one sided views then you should watch NBC news as they only show a certain narrow view of the world. My advise is to watch many different contents so that you are informed with a more balanced look of the world and not blinded by someone else with a hidden agenda.

    This works on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to politics and religion.

    I have a 30 minute news show that airs on NCTV 3 times a day 6 days a week and try to keep it fairly balanced in content and try to keep my personel opinion out of the mix unless I do a “Teapot Alert” that is commentary and not news.

    What makes NCTV great is that if you don’t like a content on their then you have the option of doing your own show that reflects what you want to have out there.

    NCTV staff is 1 full time and 3 part time people who spend alot of their own time just keeping the flow going and are not the TV police.

    Leave that up to the FCC on mainstream channels.

  10. Randy Hansen says:

    One other quick thought

    The Government channel “17” on Comcast in Nevada County only draws a very small amount of the population as most people don’t want to watch BOS meetings or City Council meetings except when something comes up that concerns them individually.

    So the amount of people that would see a short on that channel would even be even less.

  11. depelton says:

    Thanks Randy.

    Nice rant.

    It would even be relevant if I were one of those who thought that NCTV’s programming should only reflect consensus science, but that’s not what I said and not what I expect.

    In fact, the proper response to crackpot science is non-crackpot science, and that’s what happened in this case, thanks to Anna.

    My surprise was the same surprise I always feel when confronted with the full range of our community’s values.

    As Nadine Strossen, former head of the ACLU, was fond of saying: “The answer to speech you don’t like is more speech, not censorship.”

    Sorry if our essential agreement takes some of the fun out of your rant. 🙂

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