Community Access Television Services (CATS) was established in 1973 as a dedicated constitutional forum for the purpose of providing citizens of Bloomington and Monroe County access to the electronic media for the distribution of information, opinion and other constitutionally protected forms of speech.
CATS is on the first floor of the Monroe County Public Library: 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
CATS, a department of the Monroe County Public Library, acts as steward for the City of Bloomington’s five PEG access channels. The CATS Community Network provides a diverse array of access television services with support from the Monroe County Public Library, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County and the Town of Ellettsville, as well as local video service providers. The five channels serviced by the library are…
In the interest of providing consistent, neutral and transparent coverage of live and recorded government meetings, the following guidelines are set forth:
CATS will provide coverage of any public meeting in accordance with the definitions established in Indiana code IC 5-14-1.5. Public Meetings (Open Door Law). Though CATS has contractual obligations to cover specific government meetings, CATS will endeavor to cover other public meetings upon request from local individuals or organizations.
In an effort to provide viewers with the best possible sense of proceedings in the room or chamber, CATS will employ an establishing wide shot at the beginning, ending, and for all recesses during public meetings.
CATS crew members will avoid the practice of taking reaction shots unless there is an active dialogue taking place. Similarly, tight close-ups will not be employed, as they could represent an element of visual editorializing, and hence the perception of a departure from neutrality.
Whenever possible, CATS will employ the use of lower-third graphic superimpositions (name supers) to identify officials, name of meeting and date. CATS will also provide a LIVE “bug”, which will be removed for replay of the meeting.
Whenever possible, CATS will present meetings, boards and councils via LIVE telecast on our designated cable channels, as well as via our web site. CATS will also work to ensure that all meetings will be available on our website by 9:00 AM the following day.
As neutrality of CATS governmental coverage is an essential function of our network and is a vital component of local democracy, CATS reserves the right to refuse suggestions from any individual, group or organization to; turn off the cameras, alter established protocols for shot composition or to limit the public comments of any person speaking during a public meeting. Any public discussions or demonstrations which occur when meetings are adjourned or in recess will not be televised.
CATS will feature royalty-free music in the background during wide shots, before and after meetings and during all recesses.
While the proceedings of governmental meetings reside in the public domain, apart from executive sessions, all municipal and county meetings for CATS’ government access channels and the web shall be copyrighted and may only be reproduced for personal, non-commercial use by individuals. Any use or reproduction of CATS coverage without the expressed written consent of CATS is strictly forbidden.
The rules and regulations set forth below have been adopted to assure compliance with current federal, state and municipal laws and regulations governing the availability and use of Community Access Television Services (CATS). The policies and regulations set forth herein supersede any and all others previously issued:
CATS has Master Controllers (station operators), Production Assistants (field staff), and full-time Managers. Positions open periodically throughout the year. All openings are posted on the third floor of the Monroe County Public Library. Feel free to check the Library bulletin board for openings.
As paid staff take care of the daily operations of CATS, we encourage volunteers to produce their own programming. Volunteers are encouraged to take our free classes on camera operation and editing.
You may mail, fax, email, or bring in your announcement for the community calendar. If you submit your announcement by fax or mail, please call CATS to confirm the announcement was received. (See the Community Calendar)
We encourage residents without access to cable or Internet to simply stop by CATS to use our viewing rooms. These rooms are reserved on a first-come first-served basis, and are exclusively for the purpose of viewing CATS programming.