Producer Handbook

The purpose of this document is to clearly set forth the rules and procedures that govern the operation of the CTV facilities and channel. These rules and procedures are intended to encourage maximum participation by groups in the City of Knoxville and Knox County in a fair and equitable manner.

These policies may be revised by the CTV Board of Directors in response to the changes we face as demand on our resources increases and as the needs of the community evolve. Approved changes in these policies will be published in print and on our website. Effort will be made to notify producers of policy changes; however producers are responsible to keep up to date on current policies.

This document describes the policies pertaining to training, equipment & facility use, channel use and user privileges. They are guided by: The Constitution of the United States of America; The Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, as amended; the Cable Consumer Protection Act of 1992, as amended; the Telecommunications Act of 1996; other applicable federal and state laws and court decisions; CTV’s Bylaws; CTV’s service contracts with the City of Knoxville and Knox County; and cable franchise documents for the City of Knoxville and Knox County.

The policies and procedures described in this document supersede all other Producer Guidelines previously issued by CTV, as well as any expressed or implied representations previously made by the employees or Board of Directors of CTV. CTV specifically reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures. Announcements of policy changes are made through the office of the General Manager. If a member has questions concerning current policies and practices, he/she is encouraged to discuss them with the General Manager.

Click the links in the Table of Contents (below), or download a pdf (printable) copy of the CTV Procedure Handbook.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


WELCOME TO CTV
1.01 Mission/History
1.02 Non-Discrimination


USING THE ACCESS CENTER
2.01 Producer Roles
2.02 Eligibility
2.03 CTV/Producer Relationship
2.04 Location/Hours of Operation


TRAINING
3.01 Getting Started
3.02 Studio Production Workshops
3.03 Portable Equipment Workshops
3.04 Digital Editing Workshops


USE OF PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
4.01 General Guidelines
4.02 Equipment Availability and Use
4.03 Computer Equipment
4.04 Media Files and DVDs


PROGRAMMING AND CHANNEL USE
5.01 Local Programming
5.02 Program Rights
5.03 CTV Produced Programs
5.04 Program Liability
5.05 Program Content
5.06 Potentially Offensive Programming
5.07 Program Scheduling
5.08 Advertising
5.09 Underwriting
5.10 Commercial Affiliations
5.11 Political Programming
5.12 Live Programming
5.13 Community Events Calendar
5.14 Educational Access


SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES
6.01 General Statement
6.02 Code of Conduct
6.03 Disciplinary Actions


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
7.01 Board Composition
7.02 Addressing the Board of Directors


DISPUTE RESOLUTION & THE REVIEW BOARD
8.01 Dispute Resolution and the Appeals Process
8.02 Review Board


DEFINITIONS