President’s Message

President’s Message

You Need To Register, To Get The Most Out of JAG

Over the course of this past year and continuing throughout 2020, JAG has made ongoing efforts to offer more for its members.  These events help increase your knowledge of our industry, offer hands on opportunity and educational webinars.  But the effectiveness of all these events have one thing in common, THEY NEED YOU TO REGISTER FOR THEM!

I want to highlight three of those upcoming events that need you to register for them:

1- Eastern Video Expo:  The Jersey Access Group in partnership with FM Valenti, CineTech, and Fairleigh Dickinson University Film Program, in association with TelVue Corporation, Varto Technologies, Helmer, Conley and Kasselman, The National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA), The Cohen Law Group, DiFrancesco Bateman, and The New Jersey League of Municipalities to present a conference that is the largest of its kind in the country.

The conference is designed to bring together community media TV station staff/volunteers, independent film makers/producers, TV engineers/technicians, municipal officers/advisors/board members, IT staff, legal counsel, educators, government managers, elected officials, manufacturers/vendors/integrators, and advocates/supporters of community media, local broadcasting, and telecommunication issues and services.  REGISTER NOW

2-  JAG Video Awards:  The JAG Awards honors excellence in local & regional Public Education Government (PEG) cablecast programming. Originally named the JAM Awards for the partnership between JAG and the ACM until 2016 when it was re-branded, The JAG Awards. The judging is based on five basic criteria: Content, Creativity, Technical Elements – Audio, Technical Elements – Video, and Overall Reaction. The JAG Awards annually showcases the best work cablecast on PEG television stations. The Jersey Access Group, JAG, is very proud of the programming all PEG Stations create and honored to host the JAG Awards each year at their annual conference banquet.  REGISTER HERE


3-  Special Webinar:  Effective January 1, 2018, Comcast unilaterally instituted an adjustment that reduced franchise fee payments to individual local franchise authorities (LFAs) by approximately 6.0%. Comcast claimed that the adjustment was required to comply with changes in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Ashpaugh & Sculco, CPAs, PLC (“A&S”) maintains that (1) Comcast’s adjustment is faulty and erroneously lowers the video revenue reported to the LFAs and (2) Comcast is incorrectly billing taxes and fees to subscribers for these same services on a different revenue base.




A&S proposes to perform a single-issue review of Comcast’s GAAP adjustment simultaneously for multiple LFAs across the country. A&S is offering this opportunity to JAG members. The buy-in for a LFA to participate will be calculated as 0.5% of the franchise fees received from Comcast by the LFA for calendar year 2018, with a minimum fee of $1,000 and a maximum fee of $5,000. (Example – 2018 franchise fees of $500,000, the participation fee would be $2,500). The amount due to A&S would be split – half up front and half when the final report is issued. Each participating LFA will receive a letter report identifying the issues in Comcast’s GAAP adjustment and the amount owed to the LFA. To learn more about this, JAG is hosting a special webinar on

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST



Bob Duthaler

President, Jersey Access Group

Member, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMYS)