1. Emergency information involving public safety or health
2. Noticed City of Santa Barbara public meetings involving the Mayor and Council, City officials, appointed boards, commissions and committees.
3. Programs that explain policies and programs of the City of Santa Barbara and/or that solicit citizen input on these policies and programs.
4. Issues of City-wide significance that are being addressed at the neighborhood or community level.
5. 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 Santa Barbara.
6. Programs that feature cultural and historic aspects of the City and its residents.
7. Public Service Announcements.
A Government Access Television Channel is defined in the franchise agreement as a channel for use by the City of Santa Barbara, in which the programming is noncommercial, informational programming regarding government activities and programs.
1. Live Meetings:
Live broadcasting of City of Santa Barbara public meetings and other selected City programs, Community Events or meetings as determined by the City Administrator or his/her designee. Meetings are carried "gavel-to-gavel", unedited and without editorial comment.
2. Rebroadcast Meetings:
Videotape replays of televised public meetings for broadcast at various times as listed in the City TV Broadcast Schedule. Rebroadcast meetings are televised “gavel to gavel” and unedited with the exception of meeting breaks.
3. 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, City employee, and in adherence with all City programming policies in this document, approved by the department head of the requesting department.
4. Outside Produced Programs:
City TV 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.
5. City Calendar (Scroll):
City Calendar 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 Santa Barbara or affiliated to the City of Santa Barbara in order to be considered.
CITY-TV is a division of the City Administrators Office. Under direction of the Assistant to the City Administrator, the City TV Production Supervisor is responsible for all programming activities and program schedules.
City TV may consider providing video and audio/visual production services for non-City of Santa Barbara entities. To be considered, the requesting group must be another government agency, has a contractual relationship with the City of Santa Barbara, a local non-profit organization that receives funding from the City or is a partner or co-sponsor and collaborates with the City in a service, program or event. Requests are considered related to staff time, staff and channel resources, and adherence to programming policies, and are approved by the City TV Production Supervisor.
1. Programming must meet all Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Regulations, and applicable Federal, State and Local laws.
2. Information or advertising concerning illegal lottery is prohibited.
3. Programming must be noncommercial. Sponsored and underwritten programs may be shown if approved by the City TV Production Supervisor.
4. Any program containing information or messages on behalf of a political candidate is prohibited. CITY-TV will not show elected officials that are running for reelection or show candidates running for office on any channel 18 production (other than televised public meetings) during the election season.
5. Use of elected officials in programming is limited to official City events, such as public meetings, forums, workshops, ribbon cuttings, the annual State of the City Address, and ground breakings. At all times, current term elected officials may participate only in performance of their official duties.
6. Without the prior authorization of the City Council, members of the Santa Barbara City Council are prohibited from hosting, directing, scheduling, or setting up programs that are produced for the City’s government access channel.
7. 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 Santa Barbara and approval is granted in advance by the City TV Production Supervisor.
8. Any material which constitutes libel, slander, pornography or obscene and indecent content which might violate local, state, or federal laws.
9. Programming which advocates a particular religious belief or beliefs is restricted.
10. Use of CITY-TV Channel 18 production equipment shall be restricted to City TV production activities and only to designated City employees, volunteers, and/or interns under supervision of the City TV Production Supervisor.
11. Programming shall be removed from the government access channel if it contains untimely or incorrect information; or it does not meet technical standards requiring a clear audio and video signal; or it does not comply with these established guidelines.