The weekly artist public access Communications Update, later renamed Cast Iron TV, ran continuously on Manhattan Cable’s Channel D from 1979 to 1991. Filmmakers Liza Béar and Milly Iatrou present individual segments cablecast in the Communications Update 1982 series: “The Very Reverend Deacon b. Peachy,” “A Matter of Facts,” “Crime Tales,” “Lighter Than Air,” and “Oued Nefifik: A Foreign Movie.”
The initial aim of the series was to provide an alternative approach to questions and topics neglected by broadcast TV, focusing on communications issues, especially cable and satellite. By 1982, the programs in the series had a broad range of concerns and styles including documentaries, satires, and experimental narratives. Initially, programs for the series were produced by members of a video co-op through Center for New Art Activities. The series was funded by NYSCA which allowed C-Update to commission original twenty-eight-minute TV programs and to pay an exhibition fee for previously produced films and videos. The programs produced for the series have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, the World Wide Video Festival, the American Museum of the Moving Image, and international film and video festivals.