Brattleboro Community Television is the public access center for the towns of Brattleboro, Guilford and Vernon, Vermont. Cable customers in those towns receive BCTV’s two channels, 8 and 10. Channel 8 is also viewable by Southern Vermont Cable customers in the neighboring towns of Jamaica, Townshend, Newfane, Putney and Dummerston.
Public access centers are different from commercial television stations because the programs you see are created by local volunteers for the purpose of communicating their views or interests to other local residents. BCTV does not have a news staff to attend and “cover” events – we have a small staff to provide training and support to community members who want to create their own programming, and to make sure the programs are scheduled each week. It is BCTV’s job to enforce the few restrictions on programming content and to make sure all producers get equal time on the schedule. BCTV staff do not pre-screen programs.
Whatever you see on BCTV is a reflection of the people who use BCTV to communicate their views and interests – from church services to local meetings, music and arts, public affairs, and experimental film.
BCTV is primarily funded by small percentage of the cable subscription fees paid to cable companies by subscribers in BCTV’s viewing area. On your cable bill, this is labeled “PEG fee.”
Download BCTV's Annual Report.
For more about public access television, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-access_television