Public Access TV 5 is a grassroots, nonprofit community access television station carried on the Comcast cable system on Channel 5 in Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek, Minturn, Eagle Vail, Edwards, Wolcott and Cordillera.
Vail Valley Community Television began cablecasting on Channel 5 in 1983 from a studio in the old Town of Vail public works shop. With a couple 3/4-inch studio cameras, a field camera and some editing equipment, several residents hoped on board the electronic soapbox and public access television was born in Vail.
The station offered the first opportunity for average citizens to produce their own television programs, while the cable channel ensured they could effectively communicate with the community.
Our first program was News Vail, an hour-long, weekly show that offered insight into issues affecting the valley. The station provided video training for dozens of local residents, who pitched in to produce the program. Many of these community producers went on to careers in media. In 1985, Vail Valley Community Television was incorporated as a nonprofit organization.
Over the years, Channel 5 has offered video production workshops, whose participants, along with staff, went on to create several local-centric programs, including Reading of the Vail Daily with Josh Hall, Altitude Sickness, Mountain Valley Magazine and The Community Project. In the 90's Vail Valley Community Television began its coverage of Vail Town Council meetings, an effort that has grown to include the Town of Avon and several other government entities.
In 2008, we changed our name to Public Access TV 5 to more accurately reflect what we do. We currently offer free video production training to residents, nonprofits, students and government representatives so they might create their own programs to share with the community on Channel 5 and the web.
Our mission is to break down technical, physical and psychological barriers so Eagle County residents, students, nonprofits and governments can express their ideas to the community via television and the internet. Our goal is to accurately reflect, promote and strengthen the values of the community we serve. Channel 5 succeeds by providing video training, equipment, channel time and internet distribution to the community and for the community.