CCTV & Town Meeting TV COVID Update

September 08, 2021

Office/Studio Reopening by September 13, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, our staff has been continuing to serve the community. We are now assisting municipalities in Chittenden County with hosting hybrid meetings -- the very newest way of ‘opening the doors to local democracy’ by allowing people to fully participate in community meetings and events when they are unable to attend in person.

Despite an uptick in Covid cases, we are planning to open the CCTV and Town Meeting TV office/studio to the public by September 13th, 2021.

Staff will be required to wear masks when sharing the space with members of the public. The public will be asked to wear masks while in the office and studio, removing masks only during their programming on set in the studio and for the duration of their recording. Please note: unvaccinated people will be required to keep masks on for the duration of their visit -- even while recording.

With the safety of our staff and community at the forefront of our minds, we will continue to monitor the VT Department of Health guidelines and follow their recommendations. 

October 2020 Update
Dear Friends of Free Speech:

Our staff is committed to giving you a front seat to local democracy despite COVID-19. We're continuing to produce more than 100 programs each month with a variety of municipalities and community-based producers. Please contact us if you need help producing a public affairs program, and we will help you get your voice on the air. We are continuing to work with our community members, interns, and visitors in creative ways, so get in touch!

Tune in to Town Meeting TV 24/7 on ch17.tv, on cable at Burlington Telecom (BT) 17/217, Comcast 1087, and YouTube at (Town Meeting TV). Town Meeting TV will continue to prioritize municipal meetings for coverage. We are in contact with our municipal colleagues and await news of changes in public meeting protocols. We will work with our municipal members to determine the most effective ways to reach a “remote” public during this period. Program requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We will use our discretion on the deployment of our field producers, as their well-being is our priority. Free speech continues to be important during this time.

CCTV/Town Meeting TV will accept, air, and share your publicly produced videos using online means. Please send them to us at www.cctv.org/SendYourVideos Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have questions or need help with this process.

  • Public Access & General Operations - Meghan O’Rourke, Channel Director - morourke [at] cctv [dot] org
  • Meeting Coverage - Jordan Butterfield, Channel Coordinator, maketv [at] cctv [dot] org

Our aim is to keep our staff and community healthy, uphold our social responsibility, and to think proactively about how best to serve democratic functions during this time. We are grateful for your continued support.

Our best wishes for your health and well being,
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV Executive Director, davitian [at] cctv [dot] org, 802.862.1645 x12

Featured Story

How Our Friends Open the Doors!

In early July, MMCTV moved to a new location, renting a space on the 3rd floor of the Richmond Town Center. It’s an exciting shift into the center of town, with three nonprofit neighbors also in the building and the library across the parking lot. While hosting our TV camp for youngsters in August, we enjoyed having the elbow room at our new space!

Read more...

More News from the Center for Media and Democracy