NORWAY — The local public access television station is moving to more spacious quarters in the coming weeks.

Norway-Paris Community Television, which is housed above Fare Share Co-op at 445 Main St., will relocate to the first floor at 9 Marston St. Station manager Steve Galvin said the new location will provide better access and visibility, and improve the station’s ability to meet technological requirements.

“It was time for the station to grow,” Galvin said.

The new space will include a lobby and reception area, two editing bays, a master control room, and an office and conference area. Galvin said, it includes room for a studio. A green screen will be painted on the end of the studio wall to allow the use of virtual backgrounds.

“We’re hoping that will be attractive to producers who want to do a talk show or something like that,” Galvin said. The studio will also allow greater control over factors in a shot, such as lighting, he said.

Among other potential uses of the new space are televised auctions and meetings of the Community Television Association of Maine, Galvin said.

The station’s schedule includes broadcasts of municipal meetings, public domain movies and TV shows as well as content produced by local residents. Galvin said the station is open to ideas for programs, and will loan equipment to residents free of charge. If the idea requires professional editing or other work, however, it is requested that the show have underwriters to offset costs.

“Anybody can use our facilities, and we’re available here to train and help them out,” the manager said.

The station began at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris, then moved to its current site 10 years ago.

“That was kind of public access with no public access,” Galvin said of the school location. “It was really hard for people to get in.”

The target date for opening the new station is April 1, and Galvin said the NPCT may be off the air for about a day when the move occurs. An open house is planned and the station will host Business After Hours by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce in October.

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