Under the auspices of a local non-profit (The Redstone Foundation – the non-profit arm of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce), a new television station targeted to Fayette County viewers will debut on December 1, 2010. Credit for the debut of the new station is given to the Fayette County Commissioners who passed a resolution last year giving the Fayette County Tourism Alliance (a grass roots action committee administrated by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the National Road Heritage Corridor) their support in the development of a concept for a public television program for Fayette County. Since that time, a small committee has been meeting to design a concept for the station and garner the necessary funds and equipment to bring the station to air.
Fayette County Television, which will air on Atlantic Broadband channel 77, will be operated as a wholly independent non-profit entity. As that non-profit is in formation, the station is being operated through the auspices of the Redstone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and associated directly with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Thus far, grant dollars for the creation of the station have been garnered through the Fayette County Hotel Tax (Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau), and the Community Foundation of Fayette County. Additional grants as well as sponsorship and underwriting dollars are still required for the sustainability of the station. While this process is taking place, the Redstone Foundation will assist in the application to the IRS for Fayette County Television (FCTV) to have its own non-profit status.