While such perennial television favorites as “Friends” and “The West Wing” force students to wait until midfall for the start of its seasons, Yale online television station Teli is making Yalies wait even longer: until next semester.
After a power struggle and leadership transition slowed down the 24-hour Web media channel, Alexander Clark ’04, president of YaleStation.org, and Teli Media Chair Iliana Bouzali ’04 will relaunch the station in the spring. Teli, which began last semester, will resume full operation with enough content for a new program every day.
But former Teli Programming Director Gil Doron ’04, who still owns the site’s original domain name, said in an e-mail that he still hopes to work with Teli in the future — but not with YaleStation.
“We are working on a more flexible, smaller organization, less accountable to future profits or corporate values, and more attuned for fun,” Doron said. “Teli will do that better using a different tech service provider.”
Clark said Teli will continue on YaleStation and that Doron will not be able to take it away.
“I have no concern whatsoever of that occurring,” Clark said.
He said that he is also working to ensure that this fall’s dearth of programming does not repeat next year.
“Teli suffered last semester from a lack of sufficient organizational planning during its early stages,” Clark said. “A lot of people got caught up in titles. It was clear [Teli] needed a purging.”
Two former Teli members, Doron and founder Beth Deters ’04, responded to Clark’s statements.
Doron said there was a clash of values between YaleStation’s technical side and the programming side of Teli.
“We wanted to be fun and independent — small scale,” Doron said. “YaleStation brought by-laws and corporate values. Our relationship was unprofessional.”
Deters also said there was conflict in the Teli leadership.
“There was definitely a power struggle,” Deters said.
Despite the controversy, the station will begin putting new shows on the air this spring.
Bouzali, who produces the Teli program “Dating Blind,” said she is particularly excited about many planned shows, including the Tom Green-esque “Penninsula Television” and a show by the Fifth Humour, a Yale sketch comedy group.
Teli is also working on a partnership with campus music organization Turn It Up to create a show called “Turned Up.”
“[It is] a music/news covering the music scene both on and off the Yale campus,” Bouzali said in an e-mail.
Clark said students will have a chance to vote on their favorite programming next semester, and he also mentioned the possibility of having a Teli film festival.
The station will have some programming this term, having just finalized a formal partnership with the Office of Admissions to host the Yale recruitment video online. The 13-minute video will begin appearing sometime later this week.
“We’re always open to new show ideas as well as individual projects,” Bouzali said.
In a fairly common reaction, Sylvia Glassco ’05 said she did not know Teli existed.
“Teli — as in the British word for television: telly?” Glassco said.
Clark said publicity needs to be a priority for the station.
“We’ll initiate a massive advertising campaign to attract visitors to the site and content providers to the organization,” Clark said.