CCTV Celebrates 35 Years of Free Speech - RSVP Today!

May 07, 2019


In 1984, media activists from across Chittenden County launched the region's first funded public access television channels. Since then, CCTV has helped to change the face of local media and build a stronger and more engaged community in Vermont. Thirty-five years -- and 35,000 programs later -- CCTV continues to fight to expand public access, open the doors of local government, and promote participatory culture.

This spring marks the organization's 35th anniversary and the public is invited to join the celebration: 


CCTV 35th Anniversary Free Speech Mixer
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Zero Gravity, 716 Pine Street, Burlington, VT
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Mix, mingle, and dive into the decades for a celebration of free speech then, now, and tomorrow. Join your friends, activists, media makers, and champions of public access for beverages, public access TV bingo, and news about what you can to do help local media thrive.


CCTV 35th Anniversary Screening, Stories & Community Celebration
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Main Street Landing Film House, Lake Street, Burlington, VT
5.30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join friends old and new to celebrate free speech and public access TV at a lakeside reception featuring a special “Dive into the Decades” screening of the CCTV archives, stories about why local media matters, and inspiration for the next generation of media makers. 


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