Public Access Cable Television

Public Access Cable Television

On what channel is Charlotte’s Public Access Cable Television programming shown?

Charlotte’s Public Access Cable Television programming is shown on Broadstripe Cable Channel 21. You must be a Broadstripe Cable Television subscriber to recieve this programming.

What is typically shown on Charlotte Public Access?

City of Charlotte public meetings are the primary programming on Charlotte Public Access Cable, however programming submitted by the public is also shown.

City of Charlotte public meeting broadcasts are also available from the Charlotte Community Library. Individual meeting DVD’s can be purchased, upon request, from the city for $5. Please call (517) 543-8853 for more information.

Can I supply a program to be shown on Public Access?

Yes.

Charlotte organizations, individuals and groups are invited to use the Public Access Cable Television system for cablecasting of governmental, informational or educational programming.

If you have a non-copyrighted DVD of an informational seminar, workshop or meeting that would be of interest to the public, or are interested in developing programming related to a topic of public interest, you may be able to broadcast it on Public Access Cable.

If so, review the city ordinance governing the use of the equipment, facilities and cablecasting scheduling. Users are required to sign a waiver stating that you understand the program rules. Please note that you or your group’s representative must live within the Charlotte city limits in order to take advantage of this opportunity.

Potential users must review the cablecasting ordinance and submit a request form to schedule a program time slot(s). Official city broadcasts receive programming priority, and technical limitations require most programming to be shown during regular City Hall business hours.

Are there limitations on the type of material that can be shown on Public Access Cable Television?

Yes.

All material must be supplied in DVD format, and must not be subject to copyright restrictions. Copyrighted material may be shown if the express, written consent of the copyright-holder is supplied.

There are also content-based limitations. In accordance with the cablecasting ordinance, the following programming material is prohibited:

  • Commercial advertising material
  • Obscene or indecent material
  • Advertisements regarding a lottery
  • Unauthorized, copyrighted material
  • Direct solicitation of funds
  • Material defaming any racial, ethnic, sexual, age or religious groups
  • Material advocating violence or fighting words
  • Material not in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws
  • Slanderous or libelous material
  • Deliberate misinformation
  • Paid political advertisements

The city will pre-screen all DVD’s to ensure proper programming and content.

Scheduling for program time slots is on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to regular City of Charlotte broadcasts. Due to technical limitations, most programming must be shown during regular City Hall business hours.

Applicants are required to make their own arrangements for delivering and retrieving their programming materials to city offices.

How can I get my community announcement to run on Cable?

Local non-profit organizations are invited to submit public announcements for broadcast on the City’s Cable Channel.

Short announcements can be submitted in writing with the name of the organization and a contact name and number. Announcements cannot be taken over the phone.

Organizations are also welcome to submit their own individual PowerPoint slides for inclusion.

Please call (517) 543-8853 with any questions.