The office of Community Relations (ComRel) is responsible for airing Bristol Tennessee Television (BTN) government programming. The channel is shared by the City of Bristol and the Bristol City School System. BTN can be viewed on both Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (Channel 16) and on the Charter (Channel 192) cable systems.
City Government Programming
The programming features information on city services and events that affect the lives of Bristol residents; community events with a community-wide appeal are also featured. Some of the programs produced every month include:
- Inside Bristol
- Steele Creek Explorer
- Vet Visits
- This Month in Chambers
- Art Corner
- And more...
The City also offers employment listings, Boards and Commissions openings and other important announcements. The station airs programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
FCC Digital Television in 2009
The FCC requirement that all broadcast television stations switch to the digital signal by February 17, 2009 does not affect government programming.
Available on BTN-TV, Bristol, Tennessee:
- Vet Visits - Dr. Ned Alllen, Jones Animal Hospital, and Dr. Robyn, Ferguson Animal Hospital, give helpful advice and tips of interest to pet owners on how to better care for their furry friends.
- Inside Bristol - Hosted by Sheridan Nichols is BTN's flagship program. It is a monthly show that covers a variety of topics ranging from City services, Bristol Tennessee School System programming, new City initiatives, and non-profit events to helpful advice from the Bristol Tennessee Police and Fire Departments.
- This Month in Chambers - The Mayor of Bristol Tennessee gives a brief recap of the most current City Council meeting. This program is a great opportunity for citizens who could not attend the monthly meeting to "stay in the loop" on decisions made by members of City Council.
- Steele Creek Explorer - The City of Bristol Tennessee's 2,200 plus acre park Naturalist, Jeremy Stout, hosts this award-winning program that takes an in-depth look at various aspects of this beautiful piece of nature.
- Bristol Small Business Stories - This program takes an in-depth look at different small businesses located in the City of Bristol, Tennessee. The program is an opportunity for small business owners to tell their story about how their business came to be and why they came to Bristol.
- The Art Corner - Local artist and art teacher at the Slater Center, Lisa Sneed, takes viewers through the process of creating a painting from start to finish while explaining the process and giving the audience advice and tips on how to help make their own masterpiece.
- Antiquities of Bristol - The late Bristol historian, Bud Phillips, tells stories of Bristol’s long and rich history.
Other programming is produced by the department including information about:
- Parks and Recreation Programming
- Public Safety
- Special Events at Bristol Public Library
- And other opportunities to be a part of City events
The Bristol City Council meetings are televised live for the Slater Center Auditorium on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.. These meetings are replayed during the month:
- 2nd Tuesday of Each Month – Rerun at 11:00 AM
- 3rd Tuesday of Each Month – Rerun at 7:00 PM
- 4th Tuesday of Each Month – Rerun at 9:00 AM
The current City Council Meeting can also be viewed live on the City's YouTube channel.