Chicago Access Network Television
|1309 S. Wood St. Chicago, Illinois 60608-1204|
|Channels||Analog: Chicago Cable Channel 19, 21, 27, 36, 42
Digital: Chicago Cable Channel 19, 21, 27, 36, 42
|Owner||Chicago Access Corporation|
|Call letters' meaning||Chicago Access Network Television|
Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) is a public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable television service in Chicago, Illinois. The organization is funded by cable companies as part of their cable franchise agreements with the City of Chicago. The companies are also required by law to carry the network's five channels.
In 1983, the Chicago Access Corporation (CAC) was established by the City of Chicago as an independent nonprofit tasked with managing the public access channels in Chicago.
- CAN TV19: Public Affairs, entertainment, documentary and arts
- CAN TV21: Live, call-in Hotline shows, community events and arts coverage
- CAN TV27: 24/7 local news and information
- CAN TV36: Religious and inspirational programming
- CAN TV42: Interactive community bulletin board with blues and jazz from WDCB-FM
Any Chicago nonprofit or resident can submit noncommercial content to CAN TV for free, and over 10,000 new, local programs are shown on the network every year. Submitted videos include independent productions and programs made using equipment and facilities provided by CAN TV.
Chicago-based nonprofits also host live call-in shows from a dedicated studio at CAN TV. These programs are shown live on cable television in Chicago and online, with topics including youth media training, neighborhood development, and domestic violence.
CAN TV also provides unedited coverage of community events in Chicago, offering live coverage of some events on cable television and online. Past coverage includes public forums, political events like protests and hearings, and arts events.
Programs produced by CAN TV include:
- Chicago Newsroom, where journalists and newsmakers analyze the week’s top local stories.
- Perspectivas Latinas, which highlights community organizations serving the Latino community in Chicago.
- Political Forum, which gives Chicagoans a direct line to their government.
Past community-produced programs on CAN TV include:
Independent programming carried on CAN TV includes:
Training and Equipment Access
Chicago residents can choose from a wide range of classes at CAN TV to gain the skills needed to make a video. After becoming members, residents then get access to the equipment they trained to use, including digital cameras, edit suites, and a TV studio.