Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME)


The mission of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) is to produce and broadcast programming for the District of Columbia’s public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable channels and digital radio station; regulate the District of Columbia’s cable television service providers; provide customer service for cable subscribers; and support a sustainable creative economy and labor market the District of Columbia.

Summary of Services

OCTFME is responsible for regulating cable television in the District and managing the District’s government access channels: the District Council Channel (DCC), the District of Columbia Network (DCN), the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and DC Radio 96.3HD4. OCTFME creates content that informs, educates, and entertains viewers via the District of Columbia’s public, educational, and government (PEG) channels and other forms of content outlets. The award-winning content provides resourceful information on government activity, education, current events, history, and arts and entertainment.

OCTFME provides 24-hour informative, open government, public interest programming on the District Council Channel (DCC), District of Columbia Network (DCN), and the District Knowledge Network (DKN). Programming includes coverage of the activities of Executive Offices of the Mayor and the executive branch; the District of Columbia City Council, the Office of the Attorney General, and the State Board of Education. OCTFME provides transparent public access to the governmental process and insights into life in the District. OCTFME is dedicated to providing quality, diverse programming and services that educate, enlighten, and empower the residents of the District of Columbia.

OCTFME operates DC Radio 96.3 HD4, the District of Columbia’s first and official government radio station, in partnership with Howard University’s WHUR. The station’s programming enhances the quality-of-life for District residents by broadcasting vital information, sharing programming on emergency and non-emergency services and alerts, and providing community and government affairs programming. In addition, DC Radio 96.3 HD4 provides a media literacy training platform for DC residents and students.

OCTFME offers a number of support services to local and out-of-state film, television, video, entertainment, interactive, multimedia, and digital media content creators, including: media production permitting; location scouting; production support; production and infrastructure incentives; job placement assistance and workforce development programs. OCTFME also administrates a media production incentive program, the DC Film, Television and Entertainment Rebate fund.

OCTFME engages the community to create a greater understanding of the creative economy as a whole, the media production process, and access to training opportunities required to become marketable creative economy industry professionals.

Welcome Letter from Director LaToya Foster