City of Hampton, Virginia
Miscellaneous Consent Item
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Enactment Number: -
The City Channel (Cox Channel 47)
Station Operating Policy
Mission: The City Channel serves the citizens of Hampton by providing information about policies, services and activities of Hampton City government and video programming of community interest that will improve the
quality of life for all of our residents.
government access channel exists to inform and involve citizens. Specific
citizen awareness, understanding, and participation in all areas of
municipal governance and civics
as a forum for an on-going dialogue on issues pertaining to the community
interaction between citizens and their City government and elected
debate and discussion of ideas and a diversity of viewpoints on local
information about community services and programs
programming that informs, educates, enlightens and encourages
participation in local, state or federal government services, activities
programming that informs, educates and enlightens citizens about our
community, our neighborhoods, businesses, industry, history, celebrations
and other activities.
The City Channel is managed by the
citys Public Communications Division. All programs must meet the mission
statement of The City Channel. All programs will be previewed and approved by
the Public Communications Officer or designee prior to scheduling for
Review and Approval
Programs are subject to
approval by the Public Communications Officer. Any disputes shall be resolved
by the Public Communications Officer whose decision is final.
Approved programming will be
broadcast at a time and date specified by the Public Communications Officer or
designee. An estimated timeframe from program approval to broadcast is based
on current scheduling requirements and station workload.
Programming accepted for broadcast
from other sources may be retained for repeat broadcasting at the discretion of
the Public Communications Officer or designee.
Priority programming is
at the sole discretion of the Public Communications Officer and it will preempt
all other programs. Examples include, but are not limited to, City Council
meetings and emergency bulletins.
Technical quality shall
be equal to or better than the acceptable standards set by the television
All programs submitted
for broadcast must be provided in DVD or DVDCAM formats.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
Commercial programming is
prohibited. Commercial programs are defined as those having as the primary
purpose to promote specific commercial/profit-making services, products, trade
or business or, advertising material designed to promote the sale of specific
commercial products, trade or services.
Religious programming is
prohibited. Religious programming includes those produced under the auspices
of a religious organization or institution which focuses on subject matter of a
religious or sectarian nature.
Political programming is
prohibited. Political programming is defined as that programming which is used
to influence the election of any candidate for any political office. The
channel is not intended to be used as a mechanism for building political
support for a particular person or group.
The following are considered news
events and are not political programming:
- meetings of and hearings before
the City Council and City boards and commissions;
- interviews of and
debates/forums among candidates for election to Hampton City Council if
such debate/forum or interview program is conducted and produced by a
neutral third party under the sponsorship of the City, each candidate is
asked identical questions by a neutral moderator or interviewer and each
is given the same time to respond, and all candidates for such election
are invited to attend such debate or invited to be interviewed.
Fund solicitation is
prohibited. The City Channel does not have a role in raising money for
projects, individuals or agencies.
standards of good taste will be adhered to at all times. Obscene, offensive, or
defamatory material is not permitted.
will not be broadcast without proper copyright authorization. Those parties
submitting programs for broadcast are responsible for obtaining all necessary
copyright clearance and permission for on-camera appearances and shall hold The
City Channel and the City of Hampton harmless in any case of copyright
Outside Agencies. The City Channel will on occasion
provide programming produced by third parties. Programs for consideration will
be reviewed based on the following guidelines and must meet the mission statement
for the station and be determined to be of interest or useful to the citizens
- Other governments and
- Non-profit or public
- Generally recognized community
councils and organizations
- Arts, cultural, sports, major
festivals and similar organizations of general interest to Hampton citizens
- Tourist information of a
Copies of Programs
VHS and DVD copies of
The City Channel programs are available for check-out from all Hampton Public
Individuals who wish to
purchase VHS or DVD format copies of programs or of public meetings may do so
by contacting the Cable Station Manager. The fee for this service will reflect
the cost of time and materials for each VD or videotape ordered. Allow five
working days for copies to be made.
Channel runs a video bulletin board in between regular programs that contains
items of general interest. Requests can be made to run items on the citys
video bulletin board provided:
The item is
sponsored or co-sponsored by a city department, agency, other government s
or educational institution, or a non-profit or public organizations
The item meets
the mission statement for the station and is determined to be of interest or
useful to the citizens of Hampton
contains no political or religious messages
contains no commercial advertising
The item does
not otherwise violate the Prohibitions and Restrictions set forth in this
Bulletin board requests are reviewed
and approved by the citys Public Communications Officer or designee.
1. Bulletin board postings from a city
department or agency must be approved by the agency or city department head, or
his or her designee, prior to submission.
2. Postings must be submitted at least
ten days before an event or activity
3. Postings must be submitted to the
Station Manager via e-mail, or in writing.
4. Requesters should allow three days
from submission for the posting to appear on the bulletin board.
5. If the posting is not approved, the
Station Manager will return the request to the agency or department along with
a reason why the posting was turned down.
The council hereby delegates the
authority to amend this policy to the City Manager. Amendments may be made
from time to time with the approval of the City Manager.
Amended at the regular meeting of the City Council of the
City of Hampton, Virginia held on June 20, 2007.
Signed by ____________________________ Date
Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor
Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________
Katherine K. Glass
Clerk of the Council