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CITY CHANNEL PITTSBURGH

City Channel Pittsburgh

City Channel Pittsburgh has two major functions in government: manage the City's government access television channel and enforcement of the City's cable television franchise agreements.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Start Time Show Title
12:00 am World Refugee Day - 6/21/17
1:00 am One Pgh Resilient Day - 3/8/17
4:00 am Blight Boot Camp - 10/8/16
8:00 am Pittsburgh Disability March & ADA Anniversary Rally - 7/26/17
10:00 am City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Valor Awards Ceremony – 7/27/17
11:00 am Summer Intern Wrap-Up - 8/3/17
12:00 pm A Prayer For Pittsburgh: A Prayer For Peace - 8/18/17
1:00 pm PWSA Blue Ribbon Panel Panel Presentations - 9/12/17
3:00 pm Commission on Human Relations Public Hearing - 6/30/17
10:00 pm Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting

Friday, September 22, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am 2018 Capital Budget Deliberative Forum - 6/14/17
2:00 am Father’s Day Public Pledge Signing Ceremony - 6/16/17
3:00 am Commission on Human Relations Public Hearing - 6/30/17
10:00 am Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Post-Agenda 9/18/17 replay (Discussion on automation)
10:00 pm PWSA Blue Ribbon Panel Panel Presentations - 9/12/17

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Start Time Show Title
12:00 am Commission on Human Relations Public Hearing - 6/30/17
7:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Post-Agenda 9/18/17 replay (Discussion on automation)
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
10:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
4:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
7:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Post-Agenda 9/18/17 replay (Discussion on automation)
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
10:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay

Monday, September 25, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
4:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
7:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Post-Agenda 9/18/17 replay (Discussion on automation)
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/19/17 replay
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/19/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Post-Agenda 9/18/17 replay (Discussion on automation)
7:00 pm PWSA Blue Ribbon Panel Panel Presentations
11:00 pm Commission on Human Relations Public Hearing - 6/30/17

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Start Time Show Title
6:00 am Mayor Peduto meets German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel – 5/18/17
8:00 am Welcoming Pittsburgh Community Discussions - 5/17/17 & 5/18/17
9:45 am Pittsburgh City Council Sign Language Interpreter
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting LIVE
2:00 pm Inclusive Innovation Meetup - 9/15/17
3:00 pm PWSA Blue Ribbon Panel Panel Presentations
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
10:00 pm 2017 Department of Innovation & Performance Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
9:45 am Pittsburgh City Council Sign Language Interpreter
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees LIVE
2:00 pm Summer Intern Wrap-Up - 8/3/17
3:00 pm A Prayer For Pittsburgh: A Prayer For Peace - 8/18/17
5:00 pm Inclusive Innovation Meetup - 9/15/17
6:00 pm Department of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections Community Forum - 9/15/17
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
10:00 pm One Pgh Resilient Day - 3/8/17

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
4:00 am Burgh's Eye View Parcel Map Launch - 7/26/17
5:00 am Commission on Human Relations Public Hearing - 6/30/17
12:00 pm PWSA Blue Ribbon Panel Panel Presentations
4:00 pm Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Public Board Meeting LIVE
7:00 pm Department of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections Community Forum - 9/15/17
8:00 pm Inclusive Innovation Meetup - 9/15/17
9:00 pm City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Valor Awards Ceremony – 7/27/17
10:00 pm Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting

Friday, September 29, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am One Pgh Resilient Day - 3/8/17
4:00 am Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
7:00 am 2017 Department of Innovation & Performance Roundtable Discussions
10:00 am Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
7:00 pm Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Public Board Meeting 9/28/17 replay
10:00 pm Commission on Human Relations Public Hearing - 6/30/17

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Start Time Show Title
5:00 am Department of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections Community Forum - 9/15/17
6:00 am Inclusive Innovation Meetup - 9/15/17
7:00 am Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Public Board Meeting 9/28/17 replay
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
10:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Start Time Show Title
1:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
4:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
7:00 am Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Public Board Meeting 9/28/17 replay
10:00 am Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
1:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay
4:00 pm Pittsburgh Board of Public Education Meeting
7:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 9/27/17 replay
10:00 pm Pittsburgh City Council Regular Meeting 9/26/17 replay

City Channel FAQs

What is a government access television channel?

A government access channel is one of three kinds of "Community Access Channels" first designated under the "Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984." It provides 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. It also provides the local community  an opportunity 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 and 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 and 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.

How can I get a recording or DVD of City Channnel programming?

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
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

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.