About TVCTV

Treasure Valley Community Television, Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation governed by a locally elected board of directors. The daily operation of the station is run by an executive director chosen by the TVCTV board and  and community volunteers.

Treasure Valley Community Television Mission Statement
TVCTV’s mission is to facilitate a free exchange of ideas, community dialogue, cultural and artistic expression for the residents of the Treasure Valley.

What is Public Access?
For many in the United States, television has become the number one source of information about the world. Every day, people take in news, editorials, opinions, entertainment and many other types of programming, all paid for by large companies that can afford network and cable advertising rates. The opportunity for other voices to be heard on “the soapbox” of our times has become very limited. In order to address the problem, Congress adopted the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, which provided for public access to the airwaves. Most local authorities have used this provision to require cable franchisers to dedicate channels on the cable system to public, educational and governmental programming (PEG access).

How Public Access Works
TVCTV’s mandate is to give members of the community a voice. We provide the equipment and training; You make the television programs. Any individual or organization can register to become a community producer. They will be trained on our equipment and given access to TVCTV studios and checkout gear. The equipment is then available on a first-come, first-served basis to all trained volunteers to create programming for Cable One Cable Channel 11. Organizations can form their own video team; individuals can work together. We encourage a wide range of subjects and styles — music, drama, comedy, public affairs, and any other program YOU are interested in making as a TVCTV volunteer.

What can TVCTV Do?
The programs that you produce for TVCTV can: provide a forum for debate on local issues; inform residents about services available in the community; allow limited-run productions (plays or other events) a life on video; expand the audience for a local band, poet or craftsperson; allow people who can’t attend an event the opportunity to see it anyway; give people a fresh perspective on aspects of our community; follow a subject or issue on a regular basis; present a documentary view of a neighbor, friend or organization in town that’s doing something interesting; teach skills ranging from gardening to origami; change people’s stereotypes; change your life. There’s a whole new generation of programming to come on the new TVCTV. And it’s up to you to make it!

History

  • In 1997 local community members formed Boiseans for Public Access and convinced the city to include provisions for public access TV in its new cable franchise agreement.
  • In 1999 Treasure Valley Public Access Television (TVTV) was formed as a non-profit organization and was awarded a city contract to operate a public access station.
  • In 2000 TVTV volunteers remodeled a former gas station at 6225 Overland Road to create a Community Media Center, equipped with a TV studio, editing suites and offices.
  • In January 2001, TVTV went on the air and has since been cable casting continuously 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Beginning with a single paid staff member, TVTV has expanded to a full-time Executive Director, a half-time Office Manager and a Technical Assistance Coordinator. Its operating budget has grown from $25,000 per year to $139,000.
  • TVTV has had over 650 producers and has provided hands-on training to hundreds of community members, especially through its TVTV Youth Camps. TVTV airs 1500 hours of local programs annually, including arts, public affairs, sports, entertainment and religious shows.
  • TVTV has provided live coverage of Boise City Council meetings since 2004.
  • In 2006, TVTV became Treasure Valley Community Television when it added a second cable channel, GET98 for governmental, educational and health programming.
  • Our 2500 sq. ft. headquarters is centrally located on Overland Road in Boise. It includes a full production television studio, six non-linear edit bays, three remote camera kits. TVCTV also operates and cablecasts Boise City Council meetings using a five cameras, robotic camera system adjacent to the city council chambers.
  • TVCTV cablecasts directly from the studios on 2 channels – 11 & 98. The signal is distributed via fiber optics to 70,000 homes in the Treasure Valley on the Cable One cable system.