Channel 26

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Ch. 26 logoThe mission of Channel 26 is to produce informational videos and audiovisual presentations to inform and educate the public about City of Vacaville programs and services.

Purpose
  • Provide greater accessibility to City Government by producing and distributing information about City services, policies, programs, resources, and events, via cable television and the Internet, to Vacaville residents.
  • Televise and videotape noticed City Council meetings and approved boards and commission meetings as part of the public record.
  • Increase community awareness of important local issues.
  • Provide information about City services and community events on Channel 26.
  • Maintain a permanent library of City Council DVD’s and a temporary archive of other public meetings; maintain an archive of City programs and videos for historical and archival purposes.
  • Provide video production and audiovisual services to City departments and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.
  • Provide emergency information during local emergency situations as directed by the lead City Emergency Public Information Officer.
Programming Priorities
  • Emergency information involving public safety or health.
  • Notice of City of Vacaville public meetings involving the Mayor and Council, City officials, appointed boards, commissions, and committees.
  • Programs that explain policies and programs of the City of Vacaville and/or that solicit citizen input on these policies and programs.
  • Issues of citywide significance that are being addressed at the neighborhood or community level.
  • Public meetings of other government agencies and programs about public policy issues which are relevant to local government or to the residents of the City of Vacaville.
  • Programs that feature cultural and historic aspects of the City and its residents.
  • Public Service Announcements.
Programming Types

  • Live Meetings: Live broadcasting of City of Vacaville public meetings and other selected City programs, Community Events, or meetings as determined by the City Manager or his/her designee. Meetings are carried "gavel-to-gavel", unedited and without editorial comment.
  • Rebroadcast of Meetings: Videotape replays of televised public meetings for broadcast at various times. Rebroadcast meetings are televised “gavel to gavel” and unedited with the exception of meeting breaks.
  • City Produced Programs: Programs produced by the City or on the behalf of the City to illustrate the function or operations of City government. Programming must be noncommercial in nature. Programming concepts will be considered if submitted by a City department or a City employee, in adherence with all City programming policies in this document, and approved by the department head of the requesting department.
  • Outside Produced Programs: Channel 26 may televise noncommercial programming produced by outside sources such community based non-government organizations or other local, state, or federal governmental agencies. Programs must be non-commercial and educational in nature; not endorsing election initiatives, measures, or candidates; and of general public interest.
  • Bulletin Board: The Bulletin Board is defined as a text and graphics electronic bulletin board used to display messages to the public. Messages may be submitted by any City Department, nonprofit organization, or other agency, and must meet all channel programming policies, objectives, and regulations. All messages submitted are subject to approval by the Channel Supervisor. Non-profit agencies must either receive funding from the City of Vacaville or affiliated to the City of Vacaville in order to be considered.

Policies and Responsibilities

Channel 26 is a division of the City Manager's Office. The Public Information Officer is responsible for all programming activities and program schedules.

Programming Policies and Restrictions
  • Programming must meet all Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Regulations and applicable federal, state, and local laws.
  • Information or advertising concerning illegal lottery is prohibited.
  • Programming must be noncommercial. Sponsored and underwritten programs may be shown if approved by the Public Information Officer.
  • Any program containing information or messages on behalf of a political candidate is prohibited. Channel 26 will not show elected officials that are running for reelection or show candidates running for office on any Channel 26 production (other than televised public meetings) during the election season.
  • Programming produced by another governmental agency or non-governmental organization may be allowed if the event or program is co-sponsored by the City of Vacaville and approval is granted in advance by the Public Information Officer.
  • Any material which constitutes libel, slander, pornography or obscene and indecent content which might violate applicable federal, state, and local laws is prohibited.
  • Programming which advocates a particular religious belief or beliefs is restricted.
  • Use of Channel 26 production equipment shall be restricted to City of Vacaville production activities and only to designated City employees, volunteers, and/or interns under supervision of the Public Information Officer.
  • Programming shall be removed from the government access channel if it contains untimely or incorrect information, does not meet technical standards requiring a clear audio and video signal, or does not comply with these established guidelines.