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Producer FAQ

Q: How long can I keep the equipment? 
A: Producers are expected to return equipment to BCTV by the end of the next business day. Exceptions can be arranged with BCTV staff.

Q: Can I take equipment out of the area that BCTV serves?
A: Yes, as long as the program will have local relevance and BCTV staff have explicitly approved it in advance.

Q: Can I use BCTV equipment for a paid gig?
A: Yes, as long as you report it to the executive director. According to BCTV Policies, if your net income from a production exceeds $100, BCTV is entitled to 15% of all net funds received.

Q: Why doesn't BCTV cover every local event?
A: BCTV's mission is different from a commercial television station's in that we are set up to provide "access" to local channels,  not to create or exercise editorial control over what goes on the channel. We have a small staff that is responsible for training and supporting residents who want to make local programming, as well as for scheduling programs and maintaining the equipment necessary to get programs on the air. BCTV also produces a number of local government meetings and events of regional interest, and responds to requests depending on the availability of staff and the nature of the event.

Q: I have a great idea for a show. Who can I get to crew my production?
A: BCTV is do-it-yourself TV. We can give you the training and the equipment and facilities, but we can't provide the person-power. BCTV will deliver a custom training for your crew and support you along the way.

Q: What is a volunteer producer?
A: A volunteer producer is a local resident who uses BCTV's equipment to produce local programming for BCTV's channels.