Formed in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit corporation Nutmeg TV is funded primarily by cable subscribers under State Statute.
Nutmeg TV’s facilities, equipment and three channels are here specifically for the public, local education and government use.
Our free training program creates self-sufficient, independent television producers and production crews while our paid professional staff provides ongoing technical assistance and support. The training program and associated practical experience provides our volunteer clients with marketable skills for careers in the television production industry. Many of our volunteers have used their gained experiences at Nutmeg TV to make the transition from amateur to paid television production professional.
THE HISTORY OF PUBLIC ACCESS
Community access television is a great way to express views and learn about the people and organizations within our area!
Looking back to the history of access television as described by Professor Douglas Kellner, at The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, “the rationale was, as mandated by the Federal Communications Act of 1934, that the airwaves belong to the people, that in a democratic society it is useful to multiply public participation in political discussion, and that mainstream television severely limited the range of views and opinion. Public access television, then, would open television to the public, it would make possible community participation, and thus would be in the public interest of strengthening democracy.
Beginning in the 1970s, cable systems began to offer access channels to the public, so that groups and individuals could make programs for other individuals in their own communities.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated in 1972 that “beginning in 1972, new cable systems [and after 1977, all cable systems] in the 100 largest television markets be required to provide channels for government, for educational purposes, and most importantly, for public access.” This mandate suggested that cable systems should make available three public access channels to be used for state and local government, education, and community public access use. “Public access” was construed to mean that the cable company should make available equipment and air time so that literally anybody could make noncommercial use of the access channel, and say and do anything they wished on a first-come, first-served basis, subject only to obscenity and libel laws. The result was an entirely different sort of programming, reflecting the interests of groups and individuals usually excluded from mainstream television.