Broadcasting on Comcast Cable channel 13, CPA-TV serves the citizens of Charlottesville and surrounding counties by promoting the use of local multimedia channels and encouraging residents to produce original, thought-provoking, non-commercial programming.
Our mission is to enhance the unity and strength of the community by providing:
• A medium for community dialogue and training opportunities
• A source for information of local, national and international origin
• A forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to the community
In 1970, Jefferson Cable Corporation began a community access television channel in Charlottesville, WJCC Cablevision Channel 11, for both government and public interest programming. Ultimately making the move to channel 10, thousands of hours of television would be produced over the next two decades.
In 1993, Adelphia Communications purchased the existing cable system. The City and Adelphia Cable signed a franchise agreement, providing for the addition of two stations on Channels 13 and 14. Production resumed in the original studios on West Main Street in Charlottesville, and the stations quickly grew with strong support from advocates Meredith Richards and Mitch Van Yahres.
In 1998, Adelphia, the City and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center reached an agreement to house the access facilities at CATEC, in exchange for educational use of all production equipment by the school and its multimedia production students. As a result, all three stations made the move to CATEC in the spring of 1999, and enjoyed a fifteen year partnership.
In 2019, the CPA-TV studio moved into the new Charlottesville Community Media Center, inside York Place on the Downtown Mall. The center provides video production facilities, training classes, and field equipment for community use. CPA-TV maintains an office at City Hall, on the second floor next to Council Chambers.
The Charlottesville Community Media Center will offer annual memberships to citizens and organizations, providing full access to these production facilities as well as airtime on CPA-TV. Multimedia training classes will be offered by skilled instructors. More information on memberships, classes and studio access is forthcoming.
A 24/7 live stream of CPA-TV is available here.