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City TV, also known as City of Annapolis television, (COA-TV) is a federally funded station located at 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, and will be moving to the corner of Market and Duke of Gloucester Streets in just a few weeks.
It is a public, educational and government franchise (PEG) broadcasting 24 hours a day, and disseminates public access, educational and government programming on Channel 99/100 for all Comcast subscribers and on channel 34 for all Verizon subscribers.
The on-air schedule hosts a variety of interesting shows. During hours of city government programming, thirty-two programs are shown, enhancing the City’s capability to relay timely information 24/7. All City Council meetings are aired live and repeated later in the week for residents that can not attend regularly scheduled meetings.
One of the government programs is Annapolis City Digest. It is a monthly news magazine that focuses on the news makers in Annapolis, features programs benefiting both residents and businesses, introduces viewers to youth and community programs, gives Recreation and Parks program updates, and spotlights individuals that have made and impact on our community.
With more and more residents using social media networks, Annapolis City Digest can be viewed at blip.tv. If you want an episode automatically sent to your computer, subscribe for a free video podcast available at iTunes.
All government programming can also be viewed online 24/7.
We understand City TV has the capacity to reach every citizen and should be used as a tool to promote various services the city offers. That’s why in between programs, viewers can learn more about where to pay parking tickets, recycling, yard debris pickup, paying bills on-line and much more.
We hope that you will turn to City TV for city and visitor information, updates on government news, educational programming and yes, even the local weather.
How to Submit a Program to City-TV
City TV operates a non-commercial channel which provides the opportunity for City residents and organizations to submit programs. Programs submitted must be submitted by a residents of Annapolis and should be about a program, project or something supporting Annapolis. City TV will not air nor permit programs which have commercial content. Commercial content includes, but is not limited to, product placement, advertisement and service descriptions provided in exchange for value of any kind or nature. Commercial content also includes promotion of any individual business, partnership or corporation by direct or indirect reference or testimonial for the purpose of commercial exploitation.
- Programs should be submitted on a DVD
- A submitted program is screened for content and technical standards
- Once a program has been screened and approved, City-TV schedules the program based on availability of programming slots.
A submitted program should identify:
- The program title, length and date produced
- The name of the producer and/or copyright holder
- Address and contact number of person submitting
Public access programming may not be used for illegal purposes. City-TV assumes no legal responsibility or liability for public access programming. Users responsible for illegal programming or programming containing information defrauding or intended to defraud the viewer shall forfeit their right to air-time.
The following are examples of types of illegal programming which are prohibited by applicable federal, state or local laws:
Information about any lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme offering prizes gained by lot or chance or any whole or partial list of prizes awarded by lottery, gift enterprise or similar scheme is prohibited. (Violation of this rule is subject to criminal liability under federal law, Title 18, U.S.C. Sec. 1304). For example, a program violates this if it is connected with a valuable prize awarded to any person selected by lot or chance, if the winner is required to furnish anything in exchange for the prize, or if the winner is required to buy or have any product from the sponsor of the program.
Material which is intended to defraud the viewer or designed to obtain money by false or fraudulent means is prohibited. (Violation of this rule is subject to criminal liability under federal law, Title 18, U.S.C. 1464).
Obscene material is prohibited. (Violation of this rule is subject to criminal liability under federal law, Title 18U.S.C. 1464). Whoever transmits over any cable system any matter which is obscene or otherwise unprotected by the Constitution of the United States shall be fined by not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than two (2) years or both. (Section 639 Cable Communications Policy Act). Neither City-TV or the City of Annapolis will attempt to make a determination as to the constitutional legality of any content presented for cablecast. A PEG cable management entity may refuse to transmit any public access program that they reasonably believe contains obscenity. Determinations of obscenity are legal questions which can be determined only after due process by a judge and/or jury. The producer of each program is exercising his/her first Amendment right to free speech and is solely responsible for the program’s content. (Section 611(E) and 639 of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 & 1992).
Advertisements are prohibited. Advertisements means any message or other programming material which is broadcast or otherwise transmitted in exchange for any remuneration, and which is intended (1) to promote any service, facility or product offered by any person who is engaged in such offering for profit; (2) to express the views of any person with respect to any matter of public importance or interest; or (3) to support or oppose any candidate for political office. (Pursuant to Title 47 U.S.C. 399(a) and (b). The prohibition against commercial advertisements will be applied to all users including non-profit users.