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Known principally for broadcasting unwatched D.C. Council hearings and unwatchable talk shows (and for squandering thousands of city dollars on dead-duck Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly’s makeup), the Office of Cable Television (OCT) and its $2.5-million annual budget has become a juicy target for District budget cutters. D.C. Councilmember Bill Lightfoot is proposing to transfer OCT’s snazzy production facilities to the Public Access Corp. of D.C. (known principally for its unwatched and unwatchable DCTV). The independent nonprofit would be paid by the city to program the two government channels. Most of OCT’s 30-person staff would be eliminated, and the agency would preserve only its authority to regulate District Cablevision. According to Mark Sarver, program director of the Public Access Corp., the consolidation could save the District $1 million per year. Lightfoot’s Committee on Public Services holds a hearing on the proposal on Nov. 28.