Kentucky Channel Editorial Guidelines

KET accepts programming for the Kentucky Channel from nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and others (including, as appropriate, individuals and for-profit entities) that serve the public with content that adheres to and supports KET’s mission, vision, and values.
Programming on the Kentucky Channel:

    • Must comply with the Federal Communications Act, FCC regulations and policies, and all other applicable legal requirements.
    • Must adhere to all PBS and KET programming content requirements and production standards.
      All programs must meet content and editorial requirements as well as standards for production quality and formatting.
    • Must provide content that is mission-based—educational, informational, insightful, and/or cultural entertainment—and may not promote commercial entities and/or their products, services, facilities, or events.
      Program content from nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities may not be essentially self-promotional in nature. In the case of individuals and for-profit organizations or commercial entities, program content may not be self-promotional in any respect. Content from all sources must be a service to viewers with educational, informational, and/or cultural merit and not presented for promotional purposes.
    • Must have all rights cleared for broadcast and streaming distribution by KET.
      Each program presenter must guarantee that it owns the copyright to the program and has secured broadcast and streaming rights for all material, audio and video, contained within the program. Each program presenter must also agree to defend and indemnify KET against any claims arising out of the content of the program, including claims based on infringement of intellectual property rights.
    • Must be accurate, truthful, and as complete as possible.
      Kentucky Channel content may not mislead audiences in any way.
    • Must provide full disclosure of partner interests.
      Viewers must be advised of all contributors to programming content and any financial, in-kind, or other remuneration related to the content of the programming. Disclosure of the presenter of programming is also required.
    • Must provide balanced and fair treatment of matters of public policy and/or controversy. Programming may not advocate one side of any particular issue, viewpoint, or policy.
      Special consideration will be given to programs dealing with controversial and/or public policy issues. While programming content may deal with matters of public policy, it may not advocate or lobby on any issue or legislative action. Alternative viewpoints must be acknowledged and fairly represented. Special consideration and care must also be applied in the interpretation of current and/or historical events.
    • May not include appearances by political candidates, political advertisements, material from political action committees, or any other content that may be deemed to promote candidates.
    • May not attempt to sell any product, service, facility, or event or include fund-raising or solicitation of any kind, charitable or otherwise.
    • May not contain religious services or content that is designed to proselytize or further the principles of particular religions or religious philosophies.
    • May not contain any content that is racist or advocates any type of discrimination.
    • No public service announcements of any type will be broadcast.

All programs are accepted and scheduled at the discretion of KET’s Senior Director of Programming. No presenter of programming is entitled to have its programming aired at all, or on any particular day or at any particular time.

KET acknowledges that some guidelines may be subjective in nature. However, programs will be accepted and scheduled at the sole discretion of KET’s Senior Director of Programming. KET may not have anticipated, in the guidelines above, every circumstance where programming might in any manner jeopardize KET’s interests, FCC licenses, PBS membership, integrity, and/or public trust, but in the event KET determines that there is such a risk, no such programming will be broadcast.

KET is available to assist with any questions and/or issues pertaining to production or program submission. Prior contact with the Senior Director of Programming is recommended to help avoid any issues with program content, production quality, formatting, and/or requirements for broadcast (such as length, credits, rights, captioning, etc.).