Brooklyn Free Speech TV
Your borough. Your television.
Brooklyn Free Speech TV provides Brooklyn residents and organizations with an opportunity to voice their ideas, issues and aspirations to their community. Every week, over 650 hours of television programming is provided by Brooklyn-based community producers. The 1st Amendment is in full effect on our Brooklyn Free Speech TV programs: community producers accept responsibility for the production and content of their shows.
Many of our Brooklyn Free Speech TV programs are created by one of our Certified Community Producers. Certified producers have access to use our equipment and state-of-the-art facility free of charge. Learn more about the process to become a Certified Community Producer.
If you are interested in getting your message out to the Brooklyn community, please refer to our FAQ to learn more about the process of submitting a program for cablecast on Brooklyn Free Speech TV.
All programs on the BCAT TV Network must have a Brooklyn-based Program Applicant.
The Program Applicant is the Brooklyn resident (18 years or older) or organization submitting a program for cablecast on the BCAT TV Network.
The Program Applicant accepts liability for the content of the program and responsibility for turning in their programs for playback.
To apply for a timeslot, you'll need to schedule an appointment to have your application processed by our Programming department.
During this appointment, our staff will evaluate your application, validate your identity and Brooklyn residence status as well as explain the process of using our digital upload system to play your program on our channels. If you are not a Certified Producer, you will need to bring the program(s) you wish to air on a DVD or loaded onto a USB flash drive.
To schedule an appointment, call 718.683.5605.
Please bring a completed BCAT TV Network New Time Slot Application Form, a current government-issued photo I.D. (NYS Driver's license or non-driver's license; U.S. or Foreign Passport; U.S. Military ID card; or Resident Alien Card) AND copy of proof of residency (no older than 2 months)listing your name and address (telephone/cellphone bill; gas; electric; cable; satellite dish; Brooklyn lease; etc.)
If you do not have a bill or lease in your name you will need to have someone you live with, who has a utility bill or lease in his or her name, come with you to our community media center with their photo I.D. and a copy of their bill or lease. This person will sign a legal form stating that they share a Brooklyn dwelling with you. This form must be filled out in person at our community media center (usually during your programming department appointment).
You can apply for a special timeslot any time of the year or a monthly, bi-weekly (twice a month), or weekly timeslot by the quarterly deadline.
When applying (or re-applying) for a new weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly time slot, you'll need to submit finished episodes with your application:
- New weekly series must submit four (4) episodes with the application.
- New bi-weekly shows must submit three (3) episodes the application.
- New monthly programs must submit one (1) episode with the application.
If you are interested in using our community media center's facilities to produce programs, you must also become a Certified Community Producer by successfully complete a Brooklyn Center for Media Education production workshop. You do not need to become a Certified Producer in order to air a show.
The BCAT TV Network changes its cablecast schedule every three months for all weekly and monthly series. To be considered for either a weekly or monthly timeslot, all sponsors must submit programs and a completed New Series Application Form by the following deadlines:
- Winter (January-March) from the last Sunday in September to the last Friday in October
- Spring (April-June) from the last Sunday in December to the last Friday in January
- Summer (July-September) from the last Sunday in March to the last Friday in April
- Fall (October-December) from the last Sunday in June to the last Friday in July.
We also accept specials, one-time cablecasts of a program, throughout the year. You can download the Special Application form you'll need in order to submit your special from the website. You will need to schedule an appointment to have your application processed by our Programming Department. To schedule an appointment, please call 718.683.5605.
Most series and specials programs are 28 minutes in length or 58 minutes in length.
Our upload stations accept DVDs (with a single episode - no menu, bars and tone), .mp2, .mp4, .mv4, and .mov. Tapes are not accepted for playback.
Each program sponsor can have only one (1) re-occurring time slot per quarter. You can also apply for a special but the program you submit must be significantly different than the program currently airing.
Specials & programs submitted for a one-time airing can be submitted by a Brooklyn resident or Brooklyn-based organization any time during the year.
You will need to schedule an appointment with our Programming Department to have your application processed and have an airdate assigned. To schedule an appointment, please call 718.683.5605.
Please bring your program burned on a DVD (one program per disc) or loaded on a USP Flash Drive, a completed Special Application, a current government-issued photo I.D. (NYS Driver's license or non-driver's license; U.S. or Foreign Passport; U.S. Military ID card; or Resident Alien Card) AND proof of Brooklyn residency (no older than 2 months) listing your name and address (telephone/cellphone bill; gas; electric; water; cable; or satellite dish) and we'll schedule your show for cablecast on the BCAT TV Network, usually within the next two weeks.
If you do not have a bill or lease in your name you will need to have someone you live with, who has a utility bill or lease in his or her name, come with you to our community media center with their photo I.D. and a copy of the bill. This person will sign a legal form stating that they share a Brooklyn dwelling with you. This form must be filled out in person at the community media center (usually during programming department appointment).
Series sponsors can submit one (1) special per quarter. Those without a series can submit up to four (4) specials per quarter.
In order to keep your timeslot, you must submit at least nine (9) unique programs each quarter for a weekly show; five (5) unique programs for a bi-weekly program; and at least two (2) unique programs for a monthly show. This means that weekly programs can repeat no more than four (4) episodes during the programming quarter; monthly and Sunday bi-weekly programs can repeat only one (1) episode.
Special programs are scheduled to air only once. However, we reserve the right to repeat the program as filler programming as long as the program is in the BCAT TV Network's program library. (Programs will not be given a repeat time-slot during the same week.)
Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information you can download a copy of the BRIC Community Media Center Policy & Procedure Handbook.
In order to use our media center's equipment and the facilities, you will need to become a Certified Community Producer. To become a Certified Community Producer, follow these 3 easy steps:
STEP 1: Orientation
The Brooklyn Center for Media Education’s Orientations and Workshops offers monthly Orientation sessions that give an overview of our policies and procedures. The Orientation is a pre-requisite for all individuals and organizations wishing to take our certification classes in order to use the facilities and equipment to produce their program, regardless of production experience. [Please note: You only need to attend an orientation if you wish to use the equipment to produce a show. It is NOT a prerequisite to airing a show if you plan to use your own equipment.] Click here for a list of upcoming orientation dates.
STEP 2: Workshops
To become certified, complete either the Basic Field Production, Basic Non-Linear Editing Course, or the Basic Television Studio Course.
After attending an Orientation session, you can make reservations to participate in one or more of the Brooklyn Center for Media Education’s certification courses. Courses are offered on weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. The cost of our basic field and studio courses - which result in becoming a certified producer who is eligible to use our facilities free of charge to produce programs for cablecast on the BCAT TV Network - range from $50 - $98, depending on what type of certification you want. Please visit our section on media education for a listing of other workshops and courses available. Reservations can be made throughout the year. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you wish to enroll in a training class at the Orientation session, you'll need to bring a current government-issues photo I.D. (NYS Driver's license or non-driver's license; U.S. or Foreign Passport; U.S. Military ID card; or Resident Alien Card) AND a recent proof of residency (no older than 2 months) listing your name and address (telephone/cellphone bill; gas; electric; water; cable; Brooklyn lease, or satellite dish) with you to Orientation.
If you do not have a bill or in your name you will need to have someone you live with, who has a utility bill in his or her name, come with you to the BCAT Media Center with their photo I.D. and a copy of the bill. This person will sign a legal form stating that they share a Brooklyn dwelling with you. This form must be filled out in person at our community media center.
Space in most workshops is limited to maximize individualized instruction. If a course is fully enrolled, we will place your name next in line for the first available workshop. If you have enrolled for a course but cannot attend, please notify us at 718-683-5645 at least two weeks in advance. Your enrollment will be transferred to the next available workshop and your fee will be applied to that workshop. If you fail to notify us at least two weeks in advance your registration fee will not be refunded.
STEP 3: Certified Producers
After successfully completing one of our production workshops, you will be granted Certified Community Producer status. Certified Community Producers are able to use facilities and equipment at no cost to produce their own programs. Certified Community Producers have access to the equipment and facilities only they use said equipment to create a program that will be shown on the BCAT TV Network.
You must have a timeslot assigned to you — either a special, monthly, weekly or Sunday bi-weekly timeslot — in order to use the equipment. In order to maintain your certification you must abide by the rules and regulations as printed in the handbook. Television Studio Certified Producers must volunteer on four shoots (other than their own show) each calendar year; Field/Non-Linear Editing Certified Producers must produce at least one show per calendar year. In addition, you will be asked to resubmit proof of residency and photo ID at least once per calendar year.
Meet Anthony Riddle, Associate Director of Free Speech Services
“Free speech and community media have been my professional passion for many years, so the opportunity to work with you here is humbling.” Read more.
Brooklyn Free Speech Tv FAQ:
- How do I air a show on the BCAT TV Network's Brooklyn Free Speech TV?
- How soon will my program air?
- How long can programs be?
- What formats are accepted?
- How many programs can I air?
- How do I air a Special?
- How many Specials can I submit?
- How often can I repeat my program?
- Where can I get more information?
- How to become a BCAT TV Network Certified Community Producer.
BCAT TV Network Community Producers work in their individual capacity to provide programming for Brooklyn Free Speech TV and do not work for, or represent, BRIC or the BCAT TV Network.
Community Media Center Hours
PUBLIC EQUIPMENT HOURS
Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am–3:45pm
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF HOURS
Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm
We are Brooklyn's Community Access Television. BRIC Community Media gives Brooklynites the tools and knowhow to professionally create and cablecast their own television programs, and produces non-commercial television programs that reflect the borough's diversity of thought and culture.