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The longtime cable access company will join forces with Willamette Falls Studios to meet the area's changing needs.

CTV5 — Canby's cable access television station — and Willamette Falls Studios have announced a merger. The goal, they said, is to offer more "robust" services to the Canby area. Willamette Falls Studios provides community resources for digital media by supplying the tools and training for Clackamas County communities to create and share ideas and topics that are important to their communities. Through televised local government meetings and community-based programming, the goal is to highlight the unique qualities of the region. Their services have been provided to the Clackamas County area for over 35 years.

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CTV5 has been funded through television franchise fees and local contracts with the city of Canby and other organizations, providing citizens with access to public meetings, local sports events, lifestyle content and more for many years. However, the nature of television and streaming has changed, and CTV5's mission to provide robust programming has become a challenge.

Due to legislative and funding changes and the closing of local cable broadcasters, the conditions under which CTV5 operates were altered significantly. As such, it became clear that working within a larger community framework like that provided by Willamette Falls Studios would better serve the community's needs well into the future. The merger will create efficiencies and combine resources to better provide access for the local community. Willamette Falls Studios' intent has always been to be the community hub for all communications within Clackamas County. In many ways, the merger of the two entities feels like bringing a big part of Clackamas County into the larger county program," said Melody Ashford, Willamette Falls Studios executive director. "Willamette Falls Studios will continue to provide community services like broadcasting city meetings, covering local sports and school events, and providing local citizens access to technology to create original programming.

"We are working hard to create relationships that will support local youth athletics, build a strong slate of community programming, and a variety of local access points that will allow the community to better access local media," Ashford added. Conversations with multiple local entities are in progress to land access points within Canby to make sure the community has access to the robust offerings Willamette Falls Studios offers. To ensure the city and its residents are included in the process of how Willamette Falls Studios engages with the community, there are open board positions available at Willamette Falls Studios.

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