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PEG Access

Information on PEG ACCESS in Albuquerque.

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Management and technical duties associated with the PEG channels will now be administered by the Media Resources Division of the Cultural Services Department.      

Brief History:

In the early '70s, there was a need identified nationally to offer everyday citizens access to putting their diverse ideas and diverse communities on television. In 1984, the Federal Communications Commission mandated the Cable Communications Act requiring cable operators to earmark channels for public, educational, and government use. These are commonly referred to as PEG channels.

Public Access channels are available for use by the general public. The City of Albuquerque is committed to provide a vehicle for the airing of locally produced programming, created by a diverse variety of individuals, groups, and organizations within our community. This programming is non-commercial in nature, and the producer has full creative and editorial control. 

Educational Access channels are used for productions designed to educate the public. Other programs on this channel include activities of schools or colleges, fully televised courses of instruction, and other programs of educational value to the community.

Government Access channels are used for government-related programming. GOV TV provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of government meetings each month, including the Albuquerque City Council, Bernalillo County Commission, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and the Police Oversight Commission. GOV TV staff produces shows about government news and events.

Moving Forward:

The City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department has managed these PEG channels in the past and again welcomes the opportunity to carry out a new vision for truly achieving the mission of delivering diverse content to diverse audiences.  The cable operator exercises little control over the content on these channels, which are used for a wide variety of programming, including but not limited to public meetings, delivery of instructional material, and student-produced television programs. Under the previous structure, only one entity was contracted to provide content for each channel. A recent restructuring of the administration and content submission process will allow multiple contractors to create and provide diverse, quality content to the channels. It’s a move that embraces equity and inclusion in our community. These changes will allow a wide-ranging lineup of programming to reach larger and more diverse audiences.  The management and technical duties associated with the PEG channels will now be administered by GOV TV 16, the only local government access cable television channel in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, and a division of the Cultural Services Department.

The city is formalizing its efforts to build this new structure and new programs offering a permanent home for the voices in our community, as well as expanded partnerships that will bring new educational and professional opportunities.