What is public access television in Concord-Carlisle?

CCTV is a First Amendment Forum. Public Access television programming on CCTV is available to every citizen in Concord and Carlisle to express their opinions, talk to their fellow townspeople about what is happening in the community, introduce others to their beliefs and hobbies, and help local organizations and groups get information out to the public about their services. Public access TV is television for the community, produced by the community. This means that its programming can address local news and issues in a way that no large media corporation can or will CCTV is a television studio and training facility located at 500 Walden Street, in the back of Concord-Carlisle High School, and cablecasts on Comcast Channels 8 and 9. The production facility and channel are known as CCTV and is managed by a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, Concord-Carlisle Public Access Television (CCTV). Basic Studio Production, Basic Field and Editing Classes are offered by CCTV so that you can make your own television program. Our technical and administrative staff are here to help you get your show out to the community, for public access TV is "Do It Yourself" TV.

Is it hard to produce a TV show?

TV production is not as complicated as you might think. The skills needed to produce simple, but effective programs are well within the grasp of most people in the community. Access centers across the country have people ages 9 to 90, from every educational or career background doing hands-on TV production. The best way to find out whether television production is for you is to try it! For a tour of our facility, a free Introductory to Community Television Workshop and to get answers to your questions, call CCTV at (978) 369.5038 or check www.concordtv.org for dates and times of the next Introductory Workshop.

How can I turn an idea into a program?

First, become a member of CCTV ($15/year). Then, attend introductory and certification classes at CCTV to become certified to produce programs. After training, set up a meeting with CCTV staff to complete a Program Proposal and a Production Schedule. Next, reserve CCTV studio time and equipment and produce your program. Afterward, sign the Program Agreement & Indemnification form--statement that your program follows station guidelines, confirm the time slot for your program to be shown, and tell your friends to watch. See the How to Become a Producer site on website.

What is the Introductory workshop all about?

The Introduction to Community Television Workshop provides background on public access television, nationally and locally, and is a perquisite to all the workshops at CCTV. This workshop goes over the CCTV Policies and Procedures Manual and explains the process for get a program idea on the air. The course offers an overview of the television studio and control room operations along with information on basic field production. You learn how to become certified to reserve the studio, cameras and field production equipment and how to use the CCTV editing facilities.

Who is a certified Member-Producer?

A Member-Producer is a person or organization that is certified by CCTV either through the workshop process, or the proficiency examination process. Once certified, a producer can create, produce and broadcast programs in the CCTV facilities. Check the Training section for more information on classes and schedules.

How do I become a certified CCTV Member-Producer?

To become a certified CCTV Member-Producer, you must be at least 18 years of age (or have a parent or guardian sign) and must either work, attend school or reside in the towns of Concord or Carlisle, MA. Once you are a member, CCTV offers a series of workshops designed to train community persons to produce their own television programs. Please refer to the appropriate CCTV calendar to find out when a workshop is scheduled, or call the CCTV info-line. To be certified as a Member-Producer, you must know how to operate all of the production equipment and create a program treatment. (CCTV staff will help you develop your program treatment.) Other courses in Studio Production, Field Production and Editing are also available to reserve and check out CCTV's equipment.

What if I don't know how to make a TV program?

No problem. The equipment available is designed to be as easy to operate as possible. We also provide training in basic television production techniques, and ongoing technical assistance to producers as they develop ideas into finished productions. CCTV will also assist in helping producers find certified crew members to help with your production.

Can I hire CCTV to make my program?

No, you must make your own program, however, CCTV staff is available to train you to do so.

Can I hire CCTV staff to videotape my event?

No, CCTV staff work to support community volunteer producers to make their own programs. If you would like your event videotaped, it is recommended that you become a producer yourself or send someone from your organization to become a producer and get training to cover events.

What equipment is available?

CCTV has portable production capabilities, a television studio and editing systems. We have lighting equipment, sound equipment, and computer graphics capabilities. All of these are available at no charge to CCTV members who are certified.

Do I have to take CCTV training courses to check out equipment and reserve the studio?

No. If the Member-Producer passes an equipment proficiency test administered by the CCTV staff, those members may reserve the studio, check out field production gear and use the editing suites.

Do I have to take the training courses to put a show on your channel?

No. Once you have taken the Introduction to Community Television Workshop, you can use your own camera and editing equipment. All you have to do is become a member of CCTV, read and sign off on the CCTV Policies and Procedures, submit a Program Proposal and sign a Program Contract. Shows produced outside of the community can be sponsored by CCTV members if they sign a statement promising that the content of the program complies with the station's programming guidelines.

Is it possible to do a live television program at CCTV?

Yes, the CCTV studio is fully capable of broadcasting a live program.

Is Concord-Carlisle Public Access Television (CCTV) the same as the cable company?

No. CCTV is a non-profit organization totally independent of the cable company and contracted by the towns of Concord and Carlisle to provide all local residents with access to the public access channel. Comcast is the local company that carries CCTV's programming to over 7,000 households in Concord and Carlisle.

Who owns CCTV?

CCTV is an independent non-profit corporation incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Gifts to CCTV are fully tax deductible. CCTV is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing a cross section of community leadership. In a "non-legal" sense, everyone who becomes a subscribing member of CCTV is a stakeholder; as well as our volunteer producers, technical volunteers, public and private funding sources, and of course our viewers.

What's the difference between public access television and regular television?

Public access television is carried on cable, not as a broadcast channel. What this means under the law is that the government cannot place as many restrictions on content as a broadcaster can. Why? Because, the Supreme Court has said, people 'ask for' cable. They invite it into their homes by calling the cable company to sign up, and they pay for it every month." - Katherine Shurlds, J.D.

Who runs CCTV?

A board of directors composed of volunteers from various segments of the community sets CCTV's policies and procedures. A professional staff manages the day-to-day operation, helps develop programming and oversees the volunteer training efforts.

Who decides what goes on the channel?

A program committee, chaired by a member of the Board of Directors, reviews program proposals and oversees CCTV's programming. In addition, a program director on the staff does the actual scheduling of CCTV's public access programs.

How can I, or my organization, get a program on CCTV?

CCTV's staff will talk with you about your idea and will help you develop a treatment and submit a program proposal. If your proposal is approved by the program committee, it will be scheduled on CCTV.

Are there content restrictions on what I produce?

The First Amendment protects the subject matter and content of your productions. There are, however, areas of programming which are not allowed: programs which are commercial in nature, which contain slander, are obscene or incite violence, which illegally promote gambling or lottery activities, or programs which infringe on copyrights. Please see CCTV Policies and Procedures for detailed information regarding content.

Can I utilize CCTV equipment for commercial or personal use?

No. We provide facilities and equipment for the non-commercial purposes of programs to be cablecast in the towns of Concord and Carlisle. Anything you choose to produce must fit with in our policies and procedures to be cablecast on our channel. Who owns the show I produce?The producer owns the program and is responsible for all content, releases, licenses and rights for their programs. CCTV may request a copy of your show to keep on file for future airings.

Will CCTV programs be screened before they are shown on the air?

No. Public debate, free speech and differences of opinions and ideas are what America is all about. CCTV encourages producers to exercise responsible expression of their First Amendment right of free speech. CCTV will not, and cannot, censor program submissions. However, CCTV has carefully developed policies, based on local community standards, which balance First Amendment rights with strict control of potentially objectionable programming.

How do I list my event on the Bulletin Board?

To list your organization or group's events on our Community Bulletin Board, just fill out the on-line request form on the CCTV (concordtv.org) website under the Community Bulletin Board link. Bulletin Board announcements run between 12 to 14 hours a day and are a terrific way to publicize your event. The only restrictions are that the announcements can't make direct appeals for funds; nor can they contain a call to action to purchase a product or service. Also, competitive product/service comparisons are not allowed.

How many people watch your channel?

Although there is no way for us to provide a specific number such as the "Nielsens" and similar research groups do for network and cable, we can provide the following factual information: Concord and Carlisle have a population is estimated (based upon recent census data) as around 22,000 people and there are approximately 7,000 cable subscribers (which include home and business).