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After a year of trying to manage and grow the reach of local cable access channel Belle TV, the channel’s operator is moving on.

Skies Fall Media Group was hired to run the channel in April 2013 with a contract that expired March 31. The city Cable Commission did not act on a recommendation from city staff that the contract be extended, an April 25 story in The Journal Times reads.

Ben Kasica, owner of Skies Fall, told the newspaper Friday that he is looking to end his company’s involvement in Belle TV. He cited the public’s opinion, political climate, and operating budget among the reasons for the split.

Kasica did say employees will hang around to help handle the transition to a new operator.

The city council will meet Tuesday during a Committee of the Whole to discuss next steps, and Racine Mayor John Dickert said he will recommend bringing operations back under city governance.

”Number one, we need the money; number two, the (channel) will continue to do the things everyone has asked for; and number three, Skies Fall just wasn’t able to raise the money we had hoped for in terms of sponsorships and fees to really create sustainability,” he is quoted as saying.

Does the mayor have the right idea? Why or why not?

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