The city of LaGrange has come up with a policy for how its station, LGTV, will be operated.
The move comes after a petition on change.org to remove “Mama Jama” from the channel because of her allegedly offensive dress.
Councilman Jim Thornton suggested the creation of the policy after he asked and found out there wasn’t one already in place. The policy outlines what the city deems “acceptable programming,” including shows by city departments, emergency announcements, city council meetings and other board meetings.
Unacceptable programming also is outlined, including material termed obscene or indecent and programming that defames any racial, sexual, ethnic, age or religious group.
“The policy doesn’t specifically address the Mama Jama show. However, it provides the framework for requests for access and programming,” he said.
“Mama Jama” is Troup County School Board member and Certified Literate Community Program Director Debbie Burdette, who appears on the show and in public appearances with a turban and long robe, reading to children.
“The Mama Jama show is currently off the air at Debbie Burdette’s request,” Thornton said. Burdette routinely takes the show off the air while she is campaigning for re-election.
“If she asks to come back on or if anyone else seeks access, they would be required to meet this policy,” Thornton said.
The city manager is authorized to decide programming.
Council members expressed their support for Burdette’s program Tuesday.
“There’s not been but one person say anything about it,” Councilman Bobby Traylor said.
City Manager Tom Hall said most of the signatures on the change.org petition, “Where you can create a petition to get anyone to sign anything anonymously,” are not local residents. Another petition at the same site includes names from local residents, he said.