Leased Access Operator RFP

City of Wilmington Request for Proposals & Request for Qualifications



Date Issued – Monday, November 19, 2018

Date Due – Friday, December 21, 2018

Voluntary Pre-Proposal Meeting inside the Committee Room of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building – Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Television facility tour to immediately follow.  



The City and Comcast Cable are contracting for a Manager to operate a self-sustaining public access/leased access (PALA) cable channel and studio facility that delivers community news and information to the community of Wilmington and provides access services to the greater Wilmington area.

The Manager, or “Third Party Operator” (TPO) will sign a contract with Comcast to provide local leased access and live local leased access, and sign a separate contract with the City to provide for public access television services and channel time.

  • Public access television services include providing training and technical support to primarily residents, but also others, to create media on topics of the producer’s own choosing that will appear on the first-come first-served nondiscriminatory public access channel that is shared with leased access and other
  • Local leased access services include selling time on the leased access channel that is shared with public access and providing production services to area individuals, businesses, and
  • Local/live leased access entails selling channel time and/or technical support for regular live programming on the channel

With oversight provided by the City primarily through the Cable, Video, and Telecommunications Commission (CVT Commission) and Comcast, the TPO will assume the management of relevant assets owned by the City and Comcast, provide access services to the community, and earn an operating income for itself under terms acceptable to the City and Comcast.


Event Date/Location
RFP Issued  Monday, November 19, 2018 and Monday, November 26, 2018
Voluntary Pre-Bid Meeting Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. City Council Committee Room inside the Louis L. Redding City/County Building
Deadline for Written Questions from applicants Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
City releases Responses to Written Questions Monday, December 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Proposal Due Date and Time Friday, December 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Conduct Interviews Monday, January 7, 2019 at noon and Friday, January 11, 2019 at noon
Announcement of Recommendation Thursday, January 31, 2019


To view a copy of the RFP advertisement, click here.

To obtain a copy of the complete RFP email:

Philip Ceresini

City of Wilmington

Department of Finance

Division of Procurement and Records

5thFloor, Louis L. Redding City/County Building

800 N. French Street

If you have any questions or need clarification, please submit your question or request for clarification in writing prior to Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Relevant questions will be sent to all specification holders of record in the form of anaddendum.

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