Grafton media network

comcast channel 15

Policy Statement

The City of Grafton will maintain the Government Access Channel, Channel 15 on the Comcast System, for Municipal, or other government sanctioned events. Channel 15 is not considered a Public Access Channel. Public access will continue to be available on Channel 3, on the Comcast System, which is maintained by Comcast Communication.

The programming policy for Channel 15 shall be to provide City and County residents with direct, non-editorial information concerning government deliberations, services, programs, and activities. Programming will also include educational material sponsored by the City of Grafton, other governmental agencies approved by the City of Grafton, or non-profit agencies which reflect the Strategic Plan of the City of Grafton.

Government Access Channel 15 will be limited to only specific events, meetings, or activities that are sanctioned by the City of Grafton, Taylor County, Taylor County Board of Education, or other designated municipal government bodies, or non-profit organizations which reflect the Strategic Plan for the City of Grafton. It is not intended as a mechanism for building support for a particular policy, program, or issue not supported by the majority of City Council.

Due to the limited budget and time, the City of Grafton reserves the right to delay airing any request made by the public for Channel 15.

Objectives

- To expand community awareness of local government and its decision-making processes.

- To widen the dissemination of information on the activities of the legislative and advisory bodies of the City of Grafton.

- To provide comprehensive information about programs and services offered to Grafton and residents by City Departments.

- To provide information pertinent to Grafton residents from other local, state, and federal governmental entities.

Types of Programs

Live Broadcast- Live broadcast coverage of selected events may be provided. This may consist of community concerts, festivals, celebrations, or anything that deems educational or informative to the general public. The City of Grafton is not responsible or liable for words uttered by the public during live broadcasts. Also, the City of Grafton cannot suppress vulgar or inappropriate words to be aired during live broadcasts.

Taped-Delayed Broadcast- Taped meetings, shows, and other special events will be scheduled into open times between live broadcasts. The City of Grafton reserves the right to determine if the event will be aired live or taped for replay at a later date and time. Taped-broadcast times will be determined by the City Manager. The City of Grafton cannot suppress vulgar or inappropriate words to be aired during taped-live broadcasts.

Staff-originated Programming- Programs produced by the City Manager's Office to include programs for City Departments, issues related to City government or about groups/committees/boards, etc., that are affiliated with City government or which use public dollars.

Bulletin-board Information- Character generated messages related to City government activites, programs, services, and events sponsored by the City of Grafton, or a non-profit organization which reflect the Strategic Plan for the City of Grafton. This service will operate 24 hours a day when other programming is not scheduled.

Access Policy

All programming over Channel 15 must be government related. Programs may include activities, programs, services, and events of City Departments and services, or other government entities or non-profit organizations which reflect the Strategic Plan for the City of Grafton.

Final approval of all requests will be made by the City Manager's Office, who administers the video programming for the City of Grafton.

The Government Access Channel is not to be utilized for announcements from the general public. Utilization of the Channel for personal gain will not be permitted.

All programming submitted to the City Manager must be in a DVD format for playing or other forms approved by the City Manager. No Blue-ray, or VHS tapes are permitted.

Editing Policy

Meetings- Any meeting broadcasts shall not be edited nor subject to editorial comment. Meeting coverage shall be from beginning to end.

Department Programs- Any program videotaped by the City of Grafton or on City equipment may be modified or edited as appropriate.

Bulletin Board- Messages programmed into the Bulletin Board portion of Channel 15 may be submitted by appropriate Government departments, agencies, or non-profit organizations which reflect the Strategic Plan for the City of Grafton. Editing by the City Manager's Office to provide clarity and maximum utilization of pages available may be required. The City of Grafton shall not be held responsible for the accuracy of any information over the channel that was submitted by outside sources.

Use of City-owned Equipment

City-owned video and audio equipment shall be restricted to authorized City activities, and its use shall be restricted to employees of the City of Grafton, or trained personnel under the direction of the City Manager's Office. Loaning of equipment for personal or outside use shall not be permitted.

Retention of Ownership of Tapes/ DVD's

All videotapes shall be the property of the City of Grafton. It shall be a general policy to not retain all videotapes/DVD's of staff produced programs, meetings, and events. At any time, tapes may be reused and the original material erased, at the discretion of the City Manager's Office. Videotapes/DVD's may be copied to a digital media, but shall not be considered an official record of any meeting or public event and there shall be no liability for inadvertant erasure or omissions. Copies requested by the public may be available for an appropriate cost.