What is Public Access Television?
The short answer is it is citizen media!
The Town of Gorham has negotiated a cable franchise agreement with a Cable Television Provider.
In Gorham’s case that is Time Warner Cable. Federal law allows the town to require the cable provider to offer “public, educational, or government” (PEG) access channels.
Gorham has 2 PEG channels. Channel 2, GOCAT serves the community interest while Channel 3, Gorham Government Education TV (GGETV) serves the town and school department.
This site is dedicated to Channel 2 (GOCAT), serving the community and providing access to communications technology!
What Do We Do at GOCAT?
We broadcast and stream LIVE Town Meetings.
We provide a 24-hour electronic bulletin board system to inform the community of happenings in Gorham and the surrounding area.
We record, edit and broadcast many school and community events. We produce programming on arts, entertainment, history, sports, politics, and many special events, all with a focus on local community.
We work with Town Departments to inform citizens on a variety of important topics.
We produce PSA’s (public service announcements) for non-profit organizations.
In the studio, we create shows such as School Talk, Sessions in the Shed, Wicked Good Dads, and the wRECking Crew.
We offer classes and clubs for Adults and Students.
How are we funded?
The Town Council in conjunction with the Town Manager and a Cable Committee negotiated Gorham’s Franchise Agreement with Time Warner Cable. A portion of your cable bill, presently 5%, is collected and delivered back to the Town on a yearly basis. Some of this money is used to fund equipment and staff for GOCAT.