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Welcome to Access Bellingham

​​​​​​​​Access Bellingham provides public-access television services in Bellingham, Washington. The program will be offered through 2020. Bellingham community members are encouraged to contribute by producing and submitting programming that reflects the spirit of our community. Videos will air on BTV, as follows:

  • Comcast cable channels 321 (HD) and 10 (SD),
  • CenturyLink channels 1040 (HD) and 40 (SD),
  • and live on BTV’s live stream.

Access Bellingham provides six hours of non-commercial, citizen-produced programming on Sunday evenings, every week throughout the year. Programs air without editorial review. 

Start dates and Program Schedule

Access Bellingham began accepting programs in September 2014, and began showing programs on Sunday, October 5th of that year. See our guidelines in the Technical Specifications and Procedures related to the creation and airing of programs. The sche​dule of upcoming programs is available approximately one week in advance.

Access Bellingham is for Bellingham residents

You must be a Bellingham resident to submit programming. Access Bellingham is a non-commercial service; video programs that are designed to sell services or products are not appropriate for air. See our Policies (PDF) for other details.

What is Public Access Television? 

Public-access television is local non-commercial programming created by a wide variety of individuals, groups, and organizations within a community. Programs are aired on a first-come, first-aired basis, without editorial control except over unprotected free speech.

Training Program 

The City of Bellingham contracts with EJ Visuals to provide video production training to Bellingham residents.

The program helps local producers of all experience levels take their programs from concept through production and delivery for Access Bellingham.

Due to COVID-19, in-person training sessions are on hold. Online training materials may be accessed here.

Resources

City of Bellingham response to COVID-19

Latest City closures, business resources, local, state, and national information.