Manhattan Neighborhood Network prioritizes scheduling in the following order:
A single program or "special" is defined as a program that is scheduled for a single time slot rather than on a recurring basis. Channel users may request time for single programs at any time. All single program requests must be accompanied by a completed episode.
Generally, single programs will be scheduled within three weeks after submission. MNN will schedule single programs as requests are received. MNN will schedule a 28 minute special for three timeslots. Programs that are 58 minutes long will be scheduled for two timeslots. A single program request will be guaranteed to have one prime time airdate and will be scheduled subject to available channel time.
Programs longer than 58 minutes will be guaranteed one timeslot. One additional play may be scheduled subject to available channel time and at the discretion of MNN.
Program providers are limited to scheduling one single program per month. Single programs will not be scheduled while the same program is scheduled as a series.
A program series is defined as a number of episodes, under one single title and scheduled at regular times (i.e., weekly, biweekly, or monthly). MNN divides the scheduling year into thirteen-week quarters. An "original episode" is defined as a program that, in whole or in substantial part, has not previously appeared on MNN, at any time, regardless of the channel:
• weekly series require eight original episodes per quarter;
• bi-weekly series require five original episodes per quarter;
• monthly series require two original episodes per quarter;
• Daily series requires fifty-five original episodes per quarter
Channel Users are required to submit an episode for each week their program is scheduled. Otherwise, Channel Users will forfeit their series time slot for failing to provide the requisite number of original episodes within a quarter. In addition, Channel Users are required to identify which of their episodes are "original" upon submission. False identification of an episode as "original" will result in cancellation of the series time slot. Channel Users are allowed one active series per quarter.
A daily program slot entails greater use of MNN resources on many levels, thus the decision making process is of a higher standard of scrutiny than for other timeslots, and are limited to hours outside primetime (6:00pm-Midnight). The guidelines will be applied uniformly and on a nondiscriminatory basis. Program must follow present guidelines of the Programming and Training & Facilitation Departments.
Program must be time appropriate for early morning schedule. Episodes must contain at least 60% original material, excluding footage already aired on MNN. (No more than 7 repeats allowed per quarter.) Program can be either 28 or 58 minutes. Failure to comply in policies can result in loss of timeslot