Much has been written on the pages of Niagara Times relating to Tom Christy, the now former host of Lockport Cable Televsion's Legislative Journal. Christy, who hosted the show for the past 10 years, had become a lightning rod of controversy for his left-wing political views on the LCTV Government Channel.
Unfortunately, with his departure, Christy is showing little of the class that that he so often tried to portray on the show. He's going out with comments like, "This is 1,000 percent political.” Really? LCTV Producer has a different take, simply saying this week he was no longer interested in doing that particular program. All things come to an end. M*A*S*H* ended. Seinfeld ended. Cheers ended. Television shows run their course, and 10 years is a nice run, then they end. No whining, no conspiracy theories, they simply end.
Instead of accepting the end in a dignified manner, we're getting, “The people at LCTV aren’t interested in the people. The people at LCTV are just interested in the government officials" from Christy. Classy. And a hell of an insult the the hundreds of people who have volunteered their time and money to LCTV and all of the individuals and groups that have had their programs on LCTV's three channels. But LCTV doesn't care about people.
By the way, John Benoit, chairman of the local commission that oversees LCTV said Christy disagreed with LCTV management’s push to present programming on the governmental channel as it is intended by law, that is free from opinion and focused on issues of importance to the government. Unbiased commentary, Tom. It is required by law. Christy thinks he's above the law and the rules don't apply to him. Sounds vaguely reminiscent of another public figure who found himself booted out of his position earlier this week.
Christy has the option of doing a show on Channel 20, which is public access open to anyone. We would encourage Christy to re-create his former show on that channel, where we have said all along it belongs. As far as his removal from Channel 22, we congratulate the LCTV Board of Directors for having the courage to enforce the law.