Dublin Community Television

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Dublin Community Television (DCTV)
Dublin Community Television logo
Launched 16 July 2008
Owned by Members of DCTV
Country Ireland
Broadcast area Dublin
Website www.dctv.ie
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Virgin Media Ireland (Analogue) 256MHz (Dublin); varies elsewhere
Virgin Media Ireland (Digital) Channel 802

The channel launched on 16 July 2008, and is currently available to over 200,000 households across Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway and Waterford.


Programmes for DCTV are created and produced by a variety of sources:

  • Not-for-profit TV production companies, such as NEAR TV Productions in Coolock
  • Other DCTV member organisations, such as Aontas (adult education), Cultivate (sustainable living), Project (arts); NALA (adult literacy)
  • Individual members of DCTV

The station also shows international material such as Democracy_Now! which has been broadcast nightly since 2010.


DCTV is Ireland's only democratically-controlled TV channel. Its logo asserts that it encourages diversity, empowerment, and participation in its programming and activities. All content is Creative Commons/Non-commercial according to[1] in the spirit of non-commercial community benefit.

Dublin Community Television (DCTV) is a new Irish TV broadcaster, which secured a 10-year Community Licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). It is also Ireland's only TV station run by a members' cooperative and Dublin's only community TV station. With offices in the Digital Hub, DCTV has plans to base small-scale production facilities around the city, making video and television production and transmission as accessible as possible. Using new, low-cost, all-digital technology, DCTV is part of a global growth in alternative, community-focused media. The organisation itself is a members' cooperative, with schedules, programme commissioning and all other decisions being taken by members of the cooperative. There is no standard advertising: instead the channel has a number of innovative revenue models supporting the very low-cost operation of the station.

Special Schemes are initiatives which fall outside the regular funding rounds and have a distinct focus on partnerships and the fostering of industry development. While content will deal with the core themes of BCI Sound & Vision, the Special Scheme takes a holistic view of the programme making process, from development to production according to the BCI.[2]

Co-operative Information[edit]

DCTV is a member's cooperative, with schedules, programme commissioning and all other decisions being taken by members of the cooperative. There is no standard advertising: instead the channel has a number of innovative revenue models supporting the very low-cost operation of the station.

DCTV is funded by membership fees and a variety of other sources: Dublin City Council, other Dublin councils and the Dublin Community Forum. Many of the programmes made for DCTV are funded by the BCI's Sound and Vision fund, which is generated from the Irish TV licence fee.

Membership costs €25 a year (€15 for unwaged), giving the member a say in running the station and choosing programming and gives you access to the means to make programmes for DCTV.[1]


DCTV provides members with affordable access to transmission, training, basic production equipment and facilities for a broad range of individuals, community groups and activists broadcasting a wealth of innovative, creative, educational and entertaining programmes that focus on real people and communities in all their diversity.


Dublin Community Television was switched on on 16 July 2008, launched by Minister Eamon Ryan, Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources.

Home produced programmes[edit]

Dancing Dublin – Produced by DCTV member Bill Tyson:

Can Dubliners dance? This five-part series explores the capital's burgeoning dance culture and aims to discover if the city's inhabitants can really dance. Dancing Dublin challenged beginners to learn five dance styles – salsa, tango, ballroom, hip-hop, and Irish set dancing. Their progress is tracked over five episodes as participants struggle to learn their steps and to integrate into the thriving scenes that have grown up around each genre.

Pedal Project – Produced by DCTV

From the street level view of 'One Less Car', to the Dublin city cycling officer going to Amsterdam and London to see what they're doing in 'Three Cycling Cities' to the thinking that is going into making Dublin a 'Two Wheeled City' DCTV's innovative new series on cycling is must viewing for anybody interested in how our city and transport systems function. It's a chance to see what the targets about cycling and transport mean and what the current thinking is in our local authorities, in our universities and amongst the residents of Dublin.

Powerdown – Produced by the Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar:

Powerdown is a series of ten 20-minute programmes, featuring some animation, produced by the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar. The series will aim to inform individuals and groups in the community that climate change and energy scarcity are the critical issues of our time and that they do affect our lives now. The ten programmes, partly animated, will outline the issues from different perspectives, and will arm viewers with the knowledge to understand the connection between everyday life, climate change and energy scarcity. The programmes will be both entertaining and educational, exploring solutions and encouraging responses at individual, community and national level. The series will subsequently by made available to schools for use in the classroom.

A Taste of Home – Produced by DCTV:

A Taste of Home is a weekly series of six half-hour programmes that aim to break barriers and open doors to the international cuisines and cultures that have made home in Dublin. Each week two neighbouring households must cook for each other. The cook of each house spends the day with his/her opposite number; goes shopping for the ingredients, meets the suppliers and learns how to cook the neighbour’s food. That evening the entire two households sit down to dinner together. The series features Nigerian, Vietnamese, Polish, Estonian, Romanian and Irish people crossing each other’s thresholds and celebrating the diversity that is the average Dublin residential community. The results are mouth-watering.

Roll Up Your Sleeves: The DIY Counterculture – Produced by Project Arts Centre:

The debut film from 21-year-old Dylan Haskins and his friends is a colourful exploration of the 'Do-It- Yourself' counterculture phenomenon, from the starting point of their own local alternative scene. The journey of discovery involves Haskins driving a US folk punk band on a European tour and exploring the relationship between DIY ideology and European autonomous social centres. This is contrasted with the Seomra Spraoi social centre project in Dublin and the problems it faces. Independent music is a thread throughout the film: interviewees include Ian MacKaye of legendary alternative bands Fugazi and Minor Threat; Ellen Lupton, US author of 'DIY: Design it Yourself'; Ellie and Louise MacMamara of young Irish band Heathers; and members of veteran Dutch experimental punk band The Ex.

Bunkered: The first Irish program about the growing sport of paintballing. Launched October 2008.

Northside Focus – Produced by NEAR TV, Coolock:

Northside Focus consists of seven magazine programmes that portray Dublin’s northside from the point of view of its inhabitants and in a way that redresses the unbalanced image of the northside presented in the mainstream media. Whether through providing help to people with dementia in a daycare centre in Raheny; a club that races Scalextric cars in a shed in Artane; teaching children how to dance in a community centre in Clontarf; a church centre that gives time, space and resources to keep children educated and stimulated in Darndale; or working through intercultural dialogue to help different cultures understand each other better, Northside Focus goes a little deeper into communities to extract the local angle. Near TV Productions was set up in 2005 to complement and further enhance the existing work done over 12 years by the Media Co-op in Coolock, which runs NEAR 90 fm community radio.

Beyond the Classroom by DCTV

During the nearly two years that this series was in production the DCTV crew were privileged to meet many impressive, thoughtful and articulate people who spoke to us of Community Education. There is an ongoing, honest and exciting conversation taking place across the centres and offices and classrooms and kitchens that CE inhabits and the sharing and open nature of the practitioners meant that we were welcomed quite quickly into this.

This programme attempts to document this – to capture the essence of the discussion around the practice and impact of community education here, today: Dublin in 2010. But when DCTV asked some of these same practitioners what they wanted to make television for they instantly requested the production of a learning tool – and this is more than a document. All involved in making it hope that it is a relevant and useful tool for those who are seeking to develop their own practice and theory of community education.

As well as programmes made by and for DCTV, that channel will air a diverse range of other content:
• Features and shorts (both documentary and drama) selected from independent/non-profit film festivals around the world;
• Cookery programmes;
• Programmes for the deaf;
• Programming from community TV channels in other countries;
• Adult literacy programmes;
• Activist films;
• College films;
• Community Notice-board;
• Films by young/emerging film-makers.

• Studio shows (Autumn 2008);
• Live programmes, incl. news (2009);
• Music programming;
• Sports, with an emphasis on minority sports (e.g. cricket, basketball).

Creative Commons
DCTV promotes the widest possible distribution and use of programmes for non-profit use. Its own productions will be produced under a Creative Commons license that allows non-profit use, subject to recognition of source (see www.creativecomnmons.org). DCTV also promotes sharing with other community channels.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 

External links[edit]

3. Videos online http://vimeo.com/user950597/videos