How to Get on Public Access Television

Get your message to the masses by scoring a slot on your local public access station, which is a channel that is made available to the general public.

You will need

  • A programming idea
  • A public access television station
  • Proficiency with TV equipment

Step 1 Have an idea for the kind of program you want to make. Anything goes on public TV, as long as it’s not pornographic, offensive, obscene, libelous, or commercial.

Step 2 Find a station in your area by typing “Global Village CAT” into a search engine. It will take you to a site that links to about 700 public or community access television sites worldwide.

Step 3 Contact the station for their producer requirements; they all operate a bit differently. In some cases, you’ll have to make your show on your own and then apply to air it; other channels have a studio you can use and equipment you can borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step 4 Make your program. Most stations want shows that are about 28 minutes long, leaving two minutes for opening and closing credits.

Step 5 Submit your show. It will be aired whenever the station has an available time slot, though most stations will try to accommodate you if you have a specific time in mind. It may also air several times over the course of a month.