This page is no longer up to date. The latest information on program submission guidelines is available at CMBC's website: www.channel75.org.
The following is established by the Mayor's Office of Cable
and Communications (410-396-1100) who are temporarily
running the operations of the public access channel 75. The
text below was pasted from the Word .doc file as of
5/26/06. The latest version of this document should be
Community Media of Baltimore City (CMBC)
Interim Public Access Program Submission Guidelines
Baltimore City's Public Access Channel (Channel 75) has
completed an upgrade to its system to allow for more varied
programming and to better serve the community.
We are pleased that we can now accept DVD's, mini DV and
SVHS also, but in order to ensure your program is aired
please rely on the following guidelines for submittal:
1. Each program should be on a SVHS, mini DV or DVD format.
2. VHS tapes produce a compromised quality and should be
avoided, if possible.
3. Each program must have a continuous Video and Audio
track for the entire length of it. Audio should be recorded
in stereo. If Mono is the only option, record the audio on
the Left Channel.
4. Each program must start with a minimum of 10 seconds of
Black, Color Bars or a 10 second countdown to the first
video frame. (Maximum of 30 seconds)
5. Programs should be either 28 to 30 minutes or 58 to 60
minutes in length. Multiple programs can be combined to
achieve this length.
6. A program submittal form "must be
completed in its entirety" prior to acceptance.
Current e-mail addresses and/or telephone numbers must
7. Each Tape or DVD should be clearly identified with a
program name(s) and TRT (Total Run Time) on label on the
tape (preferably) and/or on a separate sheet attached to
8. All DVD's shall be DVD-R (+ or -) or compatible to NTSC
Region 1 quality.
9. DVD-Rs must be at 12x speed or better.
10. All DVDs must be submitted at minimum 1 day prior to
first airing request date.
11. All submitted programs should be by a Citizen of the
City of Baltimore. (Non-local Programming must have a local
12. All submitted programming must be picked up no later
than 30 days after airing or it will be disposed for
Programs Series (A collection of common
Any person submitting a series of programs should contact
the Baltimore City Public Access office to arrange a
meeting time to discuss any additional requirements that
the series may require depending on it length, requested
air times, and the number of shows in the series.
In order to properly schedule series shows, new original
programs must be submitted consistently every two weeks for
45 days prior to honoring a specific time slot.
Any person submitting series programming must make
arrangements to pick up or have tapes and DVDs returned to
them at the end of the airing period.
Time Sensitive Programs (Programs needed
to air within a specific time)
Any person submitting programs that must air within a
specific time period must make prior arrangements with the
Baltimore City Public Access office staff. Depending on the
frequency of the programs, additional submittal
requirements may be needed (i.e. daily airings will be
handled differently than weekly airing requests).
Same Day Airing
Any person wishing to submit a program for Same Day Airing
must call a public access staff member at least 2 business
days in advance to make arrangements. The program must then
be received in the Baltimore City Public Access office by
11:00 am on the day of the airing. While Same Day Airing
programs are not encouraged, they should be submitted in
the S-VHS format and meet all the requirements listed
Any graphic submitted for the Bulletin Board should be an
800 x 600 size. The file should not be larger than 5,000kb
in size and saved as a JPEG or TGA file format or as a
PowerPoint .ppt file.