Thursday, January 19, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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TV sex show loses battle to stay on air

Seattle Times staff reporter

A man's longtime television show featuring sex, drugs and left-wing chatter was expected to go off the air early this morning after he lost a battle with the Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN).

Mike Aivaz, 43, wants to continue making "Mike Hunt TV" but is considering reformatting it and making it a call-in show that features him and scantily clad women. He said he also wants to continue presenting drug paraphernalia on the program seen on Channel 77 in King County and Channel 29 in Central Seattle.

He may present the plan to SCAN and ask to have the new show moved to 10 p.m. — rather than the Thursday 1 a.m. slot "Mike Hunt TV" has held because of its graphic content.

Ann Suter, SCAN's executive director, said the schedule is fixed through April. If Aivaz wants to have a call-in show, she said, he would have to take courses on how to operate station equipment set up for an interactive program.

Aivaz said nearly 80 people showed up at SCAN's office Wednesday night to support him. In a 6-1 vote, the SCAN board approved an obscenity definition forbidding sex acts lacking "serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value" on the network.

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