TCMedia began as an informal study group, the Capital Area Community Television Association (CACTA), in the fall of 1982 and was incorporated in 1983 as a nonprofit corporation. In 1986, CACTA became Thurston Community Television (TCTV). Olympia granted a new cable television franchise to TeleCommunications Inc. (TCI) in 1985 requiring the company to provide a community channel, space for a facility, production equipment, and other services to support the development of community access television. TCI sold the cable system to ATT Cable which was later acquired by Comcast, the current cable operator.
In 1986, TCTV signed service contracts with Olympia, Lacey, and Thurston County to manage the public, educational, and governmental access resources and to develop educational and governmental access programming. Tumwater signed a contract with TCTV in 1995. In 2016, recognizing the changes in television technology and distribution platforms, Thurston Community Television registered a new tradename and became Thurston Community Media (TCMedia).
TCMedia makes programming that reflects the interests and serves the needs of every segment of the community available to viewers of our cable channels and our internet streaming platforms. TCMedia is unequivocally committed to the expression of lawful free speech. Our responsibility is to assist residents, nonprofit organizations, schools, and local government agencies in Thurston County in the production of their programs.
We encourage high technical quality, while acknowledging that the content of the programs is the responsibility of the producers. We hope that this will lead to entertaining, diverse, informative, challenging, and interesting media that, in the aggregate, will appeal to a wide spectrum of the greater community.
You can watch TCMedia on channels 3, 22, 26, and 77 on the Comcast system in greater Thurston County, or on Channels 3, 22, and 23 on Consolidated Communications in the Yelm area.