MEDIA OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT (MOD)

    

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MEDIA OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

The Media Operations Department is responsible for CTV- The Calabasas Channel, the City’s government access channel, Information Technology, Cable Franchise Regulation, City Film and Photo Permits, Graphic Design, e.News, Sister Cities and this City website.

What is CTV?
CTV is a government access channel (GAC) Under Section 611 of the Communications Act, local franchising authorities may require cable operators to set aside channels for public, educational or governmental (PEG) use.  CTV can be seen on cable by Charter and Time Warner Cable subscribers on Channel 3. The Media Operations Department produces programming for CTV.
CTV is now webstreamed LIVE 24 hours a day on-line.
CTV is also on-demand, watch city meetings and CTV programs on-line ANYTIME, on-demand with the CTV Archiving.

Government access channels are used for programming by organs of local government. In most jurisdictions, the franchising authority directly controls these channels. Franchising authorities and other governmental entities are not limited in their exercise of editorial control over governmental access channels.

CTV Programming Includes:

Meeting Coverage - Live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the City Council, Planning Commission, Library Commission, Parks, Recreation and Education Commission, Traffic & Transportation Commission, Environmental Commission and the Communications & Technology Commission Meetings.
Rebroadcasts of the City Council and Commission Meetings.
"Your City, Your Issues" - Host conducts informative interviews and discusses hot topics regarding the issues of your Calabasas.
"Pumpkin Patch Storytime" - Children's storytime program from the Calabasas Library.
"Calabasas Teen Forum" - A teen, open forum, discussion program, covering a range of topics that are relevant to the Calabasas youth.
"Preview, An Eye On The Arts" - A half hour spotlight of local artists and their crafts.  In conjunction with the Calabasas Arts Council.
"Calabasas, A Living History" - An interview of Calabasas residents, with a looking into the history of Calabasas, the cityhood campaign, the history of the surrounding area and the people that influence the present.
"Author's Night" - Host Karyn Foley, former Calabasas Mayor, interviews authors, discussing their work and career.
"City Spotlight" - Program that shines a light on Calabasas, offering concise and detailed profiles of community programs, activities and government in the city.
"Library Presents" - A collection of Summer and Winter series of educational and entertaining performances at the Calabasas Library.
"Library Bound" - A half hour CTV Program, highlighting features of the Calabasas Library.  Each episode profiles one of the many services and amenities that the Calabasas Library has to offer.
"MeYouZik Tales" - Children's half hour music, crafts, movement and storytime from the Calabasas Library.
"The Buzz" - Host Laura Nickerson presents a fun, entertaining and informative list of upcoming weekly event in and around the City of Calabasas for families, and residents of all ages.  A short 5 minute preview of the week ahead.
Disaster Readiness Tapes.
Public Service Announcements regarding Environmental, Public Works, Policing, and Planning Issues.
The CTV Electronic Billboard, a 24-hour scrolling bulletin board of upcoming events, activities and meetings in Calabasas
Annenberg/PBS Series
and MUCH, MUCH MORE - Click here for the CTV Guide for complete listings.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The Media Department took over Information Systems for the City in 2001.  Our IT Specialist maintains the City's computer network including satellite parks and offices.

GRAPHIC DESIGN
The Media Department works on a vast array of graphic design projects including the City Newsletter, the Citizen's Guide, the CTV Bulletin Board, the City website, kiosks, pamphlets and flyers.

CITY WEBSITE
The Media Operations Department designs and maintains the City Website.
Click here to give us feedback on the website.

CABLE FRANCHISES
Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable have state franchises which allow them to operate within the City of Calabasas. Currently, no other companies are providing competitive cable service in the City. While AT&T did have plans to offer their U-Verse video service in Calabasas, they have postponed the project for financial reasons. Dish Network, DirecTV and over the air/antenna services are alternatives for Calabasas residents who do not wish to subscribe to Charter or Time Warner service.

Additional information on the state franchises can be found here:

www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate?WAISdocID=6894154178+0+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve
Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA) - Frequently Asked Questions
www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/Information+for+providing+service/videofranchising.htm
Charter Franchise Agreement
   Resolution No. 2004-902
Time Warner Franchise Agreement - Calabasas Park
   Amendment to Franchise Agreement
   Resolution No. 2003-854
   Resolution No. 2005-967
  Time Warner Franchise Agreement - Saratoga Hills
   Amendment to Franchise Agreement
   Resolution No. 2005-968

 

Under the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, commericials can't be louder on average than the programs they accompany. But the rules don't say the volume must be level from the beginning to the end of the ad.

If you have a gripe, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. You can also contact the television station, pay-TV provider, programming network or the advertiser. Be sure to include specifics, such as the name of the advertiser, the date, time and network.

To file online, go to fcc.gov/complaints, select "Broadcast (TV and Radio), Cable, and Satellite Issues," then "Loud Commercials."

You can also call 888-225-5322 toll-free.

Or write to the Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20554

The Calabasas City Council formed a Communications and Technology Commission to work with the Media Operations Department to monitor video service providers and telecommunications in the City. To register a cable complaint with the City, please call 818-224-1636 or email us with your cable company, problem, name, address and phone number.  You may contact the cable companies directly at the websites, addresses and phone numbers below.

 
Cable Companies

 View the map (in .pdf format) to determine which cable company services your area.
Charter Communications   1-888-438-2427
3806 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
Time Warner Cable   1-888-TW-CABLE
2323 Teller Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Time Warner Cable
9260 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
 
Dish Network
DISH 1-800-823-4929
DirecTV 1-888-777-2454
 
 
LINKS
Calabasas Song - "Last of the Old West but First in My Heart"
February 17, 2009 Digital Transition Information

Digital TV Conversion PSA

Important Information about AT&T U-Verse System
e.News Find out about all of the activities going on in Calabasas
SCAN NATOA - States of California and Nevada Chapter of NATOA
C-Span - The C-Span Network’s Web Site
CAPIO - California Association of Public Information Officers
ITVA - International Television Association
NAB - National Association of Broadcasters
NATOA - National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
ACM - The Alliance for Community Media
FCC - Federal Communications Commission Web Site
Daily Digest - FCC Daily Digest/Press Releases
Calchannel - The California Channel
CAcities - League of California Cities
CPUC - California Public Utilities Commission
CPUC Form - CPUC Complaint form

Questions or comments to Deborah Steller, Media Operations Director dsteller@cityofcalabasas.com

 

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