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REPORTING · 16th July 2012
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council is looking at a Broadcasts Electronic News Gathering (BENG) Box. This came up at the Regular Meeting of Council on June 18th and came back for a repeat performance at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, July 9th.

A BENG Box enables Television news crews to file the video reports easier. The boxes have video and audio jacks and all it would take to begin transmission is a call to Vancouver.

The cost of purchasing such a box is $2000 and it has a $1800 monthly fee. The nearest BENG Box is in Terrace. Administration recommended against the purchase of one because they felt there was no need for it in Kitimat.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff agreed with this recommendation, putting the motion on the table.

“I just want the staff to give me an idea as to who is paying for the BENG Box in Terrace. I hear reports from time to time. Is it something that’s covered by our cable fee, or is it something the community of Terrace pays for, or CFTK?” asked Feldhoff.

Administration did not know so Councillor Corrine Scott tabled the motion. The Tabling Motion was called and carried. The Beng Box returned to Council on Monday July 9th. Councillor Mary Murphy made a motion not to purchase a box until there was a need in the community. It was called and carried.