FAQ

In the Cable Communications Act of 1984, Congress established a provision that would permit local authorities to develop requirements for public use of the local cable system. This provision enabled communities to provide a “voice” for their residents and organizations. To meet this objective in Concord, NH, a channel (channel 22) is made available for the public to use on the local cable system through our cable operator (Comcast).  Any individual or organization from these communities can produce a television program, and air it on their local community television channel.
Public Access gives Concord residents and organizations the opportunity to write, produce, direct, and perform in their own programs. People who normally are not allowed easy access to the mass media find a powerful resource for local expression through Public Access. A majority of Public Access programs are produced locally by non-professionals. Anyone with a non-commercial message or idea can present it on ConcordTV’s Public Access channel 22.
Community media is truly a public forum and helps “build” community by providing a speaker’s platform for the community of Concord, NH.  It is a place where people can freely communicate their ideas to one another and establish a form of dialogue where democracy can flourish.
Programming on almost any topic imaginable can air on community media.  The content is the sole responsibility of the producer and is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  All editorial control rests with the community producer. The programming is not censored by cities, or the local cable operator. However, some content, such as obscenity, is not protected by the First Amendment and cannot air on ConcordTV’s channel 22, or on any other community media channel. ConcordTV also prohibits commercial programming on the channel.
Any Comcast cable subscriber who resides within the Concord, NH boundaries receives ConcordTV’s signal via Channel 22.  City government programming for ConcordTV can be seen on Channel 17 and Concord School District programming can be seen on Channel 6.  ConcordTV programming can also be seen on its website: www.yourconcordTV. org. Our community channels are not carried on any of the dish networks or satellite TV.
ConcordTV is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, with the majority of funding provided by a percentage of the municipal cable franchise fees and cable company support paid to the City by Comcast. ConcordTV also receives in-kind support in the form of rent and utilities from the Concord School District at its Studio A, located in Concord High School, and at its Studio B, located in the city’s community center on the Heights. Additional revenue comes from donations, fundraising and client services.
No.  Community media television by its very definition is programming whose editorial content is exclusively controlled by the producer.  If ConcordTV, the city, or the cable operator pre-screened programming to determine what should or should not air, they would be taking away the producer’s editorial control.  In turn, they would be denying “access” to the public to use the airwaves. ConcordTV does believe it has a responsibility to its producers, viewers, and community to educate the producer as to what content is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment and what is not. However, the final interpretation of what is constitutionally protected is the producer’s responsibility. All producers must understand and adhere to ConcordTV’s Policy and Procedures.
No.  ConcordTV staff also produces original community-based programming. This programming is considered “local origination (LO)” or “staff-produced programming,” and its content is strictly controlled by ConcordTV.  Candidate forums, public service announcements, and local sports are all examples of staff-produced programming.
No.  In the 1984 Cable Act Congress specifically prohibited cable operators from “exercising any editorial control over any video programming provided” on any access channel, supporting the fact that access channels are a public forum.  Cities and community media stations have followed suit. Sections of the Telecommunications Act of 1992 attempted to give censorship control back to the cable operators for indecent programming, but in June of 1996, the Supreme Court struck down those sections, citing that indecent speech is protected under the First Amendment and cannot be censored.

In 1973 (Miller V. California) the United States Supreme Court developed a three-part test to define obscenity, which is not protected by the First Amendment.  Under this test a community media station could prohibit programming considered obscene, but the Supreme Court’s definition is extremely broad and community media stations have generally had difficulty applying the three-part test.  In turn, many community media stations do not attempt to censor obscene programming.  Also, in 1993, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the judicial system must be used to deal with obscenity.

Yes.  We respect our viewers’ rights as well as those of our producers, and ConcordTV welcomes and encourages viewer comments.  It is important that the station and producers receive feedback for the programming aired on ConcordTV.  If you see something you do not like, please contact the ConcordTV Executive Director and express your concern.  If the Executive Director determines that the program in question egregiously violates any station policies, the program may be pulled from the schedule until the violation is resolved.  The viewer or producer can initiate the Grievance Process as defined in ConcordTV’s Policy and Procedures if they are discontent with the Executive Director’s decision.
Quite often, community residents and organizations acquire pre-produced programming they want to air on the channel.  This programming is often produced in neighboring cities and sometimes other states. Any program produced outside of ConcordTV facilities can air on the channel, but the program must be sponsored by resident or organization of Concord.
Yes.  Any individual and organization can take ConcordTV’s workshops and produce any programming that is of interest to them.
Diversity and Inclusiveness: Democracy is most effective in a society in which all members can participate. ConcordTV encourages understanding and collaboration across barriers of race, culture, language, class, gender and age.
Getting involved with ConcordTV begins with taking the free Orientation class: Discover ConcordTV. In this class, you learn how you can become a certified access producer. Then you can use the station’s video equipment to make your own programs.
The use of the TV studio and equipment is free, (except for the cost of classes to be certified with our equipment). ConcordTV also offers many classes in TV and Video production. Although there is a fee for many of the classes and workshops that helps to cover cost of materials, etc., class fees can be waived in exchange for volunteering. One way to learn all about TV production is to work with staff as crew on other shows. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn what goes into the production of a TV show, and provides the training you (and your prospective crew members) will need to begin working on your own TV show.
No, you cannot make a profit from your public access show. You are also prohibited from using public access equipment and facilities on other projects which can generate revenue. Can I use public access equipment or facilities for my own interests? The equipment and facilities are provided to you SOLELY for use in producing public access programming. They are not intended for use in producing school projects, family videos, or other hobbies — unless you intend to SHOW said projects on the public access channel.
Yes, you may use your own equipment to produce your show. The final tape / DVD / digital format must be in a format which is acceptable for playback on the access channel.
The more people you have to crew your show, the easier it will be to produce and the better it will look! Depending on the complexity of your show, you will need a minimum of 2 to 4 people.
The best way to find crew for your show is by “networking.” We encourage the “buddy” system, where producers help each other on their shows. By doing so, your chances of finding crew is increased. You can also network with other producers on ConcordTV’s Facebook page.
ConcordTV’s mission is to “train” YOU to create your own show. We do not provide staff to crew your show beyond training. However, since we realize that it may be difficult for you to find a crew to get your show off the ground, we do offer help in the form of our Producer Support Program.

ConcordTV does on occasion offer Internship Programs, which provides the opportunity for college-aged students to gain experience in Public Access Television and Video Production. The students will gain knowledge of Public Access as a community resource and experience what it is like to work in a professional television setting.

Qualifications for Internship Consideration:

• Preferably 18 years of age or older and enrolled in College/University courses;
• Able to work as part of a team in a professional setting;
• Mac proficiency preferred;
• Preferably pursuing a degree in the field of Communications or a related field;
• Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint proficiency preferred.

Additional Skills:
• Experience with Final Cut Pro and Express, Sony Vegas, Premiere, or any other Non-Linear Editing systems;
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Encore, Encoder, etc.);
• Experience with Field equipment (Canon XA25, SD Cards, Tripods, etc.)


We do occasionally charge for classes, workshops and other products using Paypal or Square. For more information, visit this page.

To be involved: call us at 226-8872, or email doris@yourconcordtv.org