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Dublin Community Television (DCTV)
Dublin Community Television logo
Broadcast areaDublin
OwnerMembers of DCTV
Launched16 July 2008
SaorviewNot available

Dublin Community Television (DCTV) is a not-for-profit co-operative television station in Ireland. It broadcasts from the country's capital, Dublin.[1] The channel launched on 16 July 2008.[citation needed]


Programs for DCTV are created and produced by sources which include:[citation needed]

The station also shows international material such as Democracy Now! which has been broadcast nightly since 2010.[citation needed]


DCTV is Ireland's only democratically controlled TV channel.[citation needed] All content is released to a Creative Commons/Non-commercial license.[2][failed verification]

Dublin Community Television (DCTV) secured a 10-year Community License 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.[citation needed] It has offices in The Digital Hub in Dublin.[citation needed]

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 program-making process, from development to production according to the BCI.[3][tone]

Co-operative information

DCTV is a member's co-operative, with schedules, program commissioning and all other decisions being taken by members of the cooperative. There is no standard advertising,[citation needed] and DCTV is funded by membership fees and a variety of other sources: Dublin City Council, other Dublin councils and the Dublin Community Forum. Some of the programs made for DCTV are funded by the BCI's Sound and Vision fund, which is generated from the Irish TV license fee.[citation needed]

Membership costs €25 a year (€15 for unwaged), giving the member a say in running the station and choosing programming and gives access to the means to make programs for DCTV.[4]


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

The channel airs features and shorts (both documentary and drama), cookery programs, adult literacy programmes, activist and college films, community programming, films by young/emerging film-makers and sports (with an emphasis on minority sports).[citation needed]

Its own productions are intended to be produced under a Creative Commons license that allows non-profit use, subject to recognition of source.[citation needed] DCTV also promotes sharing with other community channels.[5]


  1. ^ "About". Dublin Community Television. Archived from the original on 17 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ "DCTV Homepage". Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  3. ^ "Press Release - BCI Announces Support For First Community Television Special Scheme". Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  4. ^ "DCTV website". Archived from the original on 7 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Schedule from 8th December to 23th December" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 December 2008.