The two major functions of City Channel in government: cablecast and production for the City's government access television channel and administration and enforcement of the City's cable television franchises.
Government Access Channel
City Channel Pittsburgh- Your Government Access Channel
Frequently Asked Questions about City Channel Pittsburgh
A government access channel is one of three kinds of "Community Access Channels" first designated under the "Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984" to provide residents with local television programs and information over dedicated public, educational and government (PEG) cable channels.
PEG channels were created by Congress to ensure that large media companies could not control all the programming seen on cable television and provide an opportunity for the local community to have a voice on the cable system.
Authorized by the FCC, by local ordinances and franchise agreements, government access channels are vehicles used by cities to communicate information to their citizens.
What is different about Government Access Channels?
The principal reason to have a government channel is to provide local information from an unfiltered, local perspective. Today, government communications channels provide a convenient and cost-efficient way for local government to reach citizens and inform them about day-to-day workings of local government.
Government access channels differ from public access channels in some important ways. Unlike public access channels, government channels are granted editorial rights to choose the manner, format, and type of information to be disseminated to the public.
Government channels selectively offer City-based information to the community. The basic idea is to attract viewers to learn more about their local government and to encourage greater citizen participation.
* Use of the government access channel by non-City departments or non-City agencies is prohibited.
* Eligible users include City of Pittsburgh elected officials, City of Pittsburgh departments and agencies. These eligible users may submit video service requests for public meetings, public service announcements, or requests for alphanumeric text messages.
City Channel Pittsburgh – Your Government Access Channel
City Channel Pittsburgh is cablecast on Comcast Channel 13/14 and Verizon Channel 44/45.
The mission of City Channel Pittsburgh is to provide the citizens of Pittsburgh with television coverage of important and relevant information in the form of governmental meeting coverage and special City-related programming.
Programs on City Channel Pittsburgh originate from its facilities on the 9th floor of the City-County Building. These channels have been operating 24 hours a day since June 1982.
The production staff of City Channel Pittsburgh produces LIVE and recorded, gavel-to-gavel coverage of weekly City Council Legislative and Standing Committee meetings. It also replays meetings of the School District Board of Education.
Legislative Meetings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh are cablecast on:
LIVE: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Replays at 7:00 p.m.
Replays on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Replays on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Standing Committees Meetings are cablecast on
LIVE: Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Replays at 7:00 p.m.
Replays on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.,
Replays on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Meetings of the School District of Pittsburgh's Board of Education are aired on:
Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
For more information on the Board of Education's meeting schedule, please go to www.pghboe.net.
Allegheny County Council meetings are aired on Friday’s at 7:00 p.m.
Recording Or DVD Copies Of City Channel Pittsburgh Cablecasts
You may obtain a copy of any City-produced program that airs on City Channel Pittsburgh for your own use.
The easiest and least expensive way is to set your own DVR to record the program as it airs on City Channel Pittsburgh (Comcast Channel 13/Verizon Channel 44).
If you are looking for a DVD copy of a City Channel Pittsburgh or a program that is no longer in the schedule, you may request copy by calling the Department of Innovation & Performance at 412-255-2152.
There is a $20.00 charge for each DVD requested. All DVDs must be paid for in advance.
DVDs will be held at the main I&P office for pick-up.
You may pick up your DVDs Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you wish to have the DVD mailed to you, there will be a $4.00 fee to cover postage and handling.
Please make payment to:
CITY CHANNEL PITTSBURGH DVD Request,
Department of Innovation & Performance,
604 City-County Building,
414 Grant Street,
The City's Cable Franchise
The Department of Innovation & Performance is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the City’s cable franchise. This means that, among other duties, it administers and negotiates franchise agreements, franchise renewals and transfers as necessary with incumbent providers and new entrants; ensures provision of public access television, overseeing the contract with Pittsburgh Community Television; and regulates basic rates as permissible under federal law. (Under federal law, the City is prevented from regulating cable rates except for the price of basic cable, installation and some rental charges.)
The City charges Comcast and Verizon a franchise fee to use the public rights-of-way for private enterprise. The franchise fee is five percent of Comcast's and Verizon's gross revenue. Under Federal law, cable companies are permitted to pass this fee on to cable subscribers and so it is charged on monthly cable bills. The City deposits the revenues from the franchise fee into the General Fund, which is utilized to pay for City services, such as Police and Fire protection; these costs would otherwise be paid by taxpayer dollars.
Cable television services in the City of Pittsburgh are provided by Comcast and Verizon.
Comcast can be reached at 1-800-COMCAST.
Verizon can be reached at 1-855-384-0216.
Innovation & Performance
I&P aims to transform Pittsburgh into a world-class city through the intersections of technology, sustainability, and performance. While separate, like rotating wheel cogs, the three areas will only move forward when working together.