MTN is in the process of reviewing its Handbook for Public Access. It will
be available in October by the checkout window or you can call our offices
for a copy to be mailed to you. Meanwhile, at the request of many of our
members, we are reminding you of our present underwriting rules:
In the event that funds, equipment or other items of value are provided for
any Access User, including program material which is funded, sponsored or
underwritten in part or in full by any individual, business or non-profit
organization, the Access User must identify the person or business,
according to the following policy:
- Goods, services or money received from an Underwriter are to be
used ONLY to defray the costs of production such as video tapes, sets,
transmission costs, etc. This can include the costs of people running
equipment, set design, lights, etc. The money cannot be used for any costs
not related to the production.
- The program must be unrelated to the commercial interests of the
Underwriter. In other words, the program may not discuss or show products
or services made available by persons, corporations or institutions which
have a commercial interest in the subject of the program.
- Underwriting credits may appear only at the beginning and end of
- Underwriting credits must be clearly identified as such; the
following format is strongly encouraged: "This program has been made
possible in part by (Underwriter's full name)."
- Underwriting credits may be no longer than 15 seconds for one
Underwriter, 25 seconds for two Underwriters, and 30 seconds for three or
- Prices of products may not be given.
- The Underwriter's phone number may not be given.
- The general location, community or neighborhood of an Underwriter
may be given, but specific addresses are prohibited.
- Underwriting credits may not contain comparative or qualitative
language about the underwriter or its product.
- Corporate logos or still photographs of businesses are permitted
during credits at the close of the program. Photographs of products are
Do you have permission from the bride and groom?
We have noticed a recent increase in the number of weddings being produced
using MTN equipment. We would like to remind all of our access members
that programs produced using MTN equipment must be cablecast on an MTN
channel. It is the responsibility of the producer to obtain all releases
from the parties being video taped. If the couple is not interested in
having their wedding appear on television, do not use MTN equipment to tape
In this Issue:
Page One: MTN celebrates the Minneapolis Community
Page Two: PEG Update
Page Three: MTN Profile
Page Four: Programming Notes
Page Five: Ask The Engineer, Behind the Scene
Page Six: More MTN News
Page Seven: More Notes, Thank you Donors
Page Eight: Thank you Members