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History

Signing on the air on March 3, 1969, WTIU is the public television station licensed to Indiana University, operating out of the Radio and TV Center on the Bloomington, Indiana campus.

The station serves south central Indiana, including the cities of Bloomington, Bedford, Columbus, and Terre Haute, and outlying communities. Through Satellite we now reach Indianapolis. Approximately 587,525 TV households are included in the viewing area, cable, satellite, broadband and over-the-air combined, reaching an estimated 1,492,313 viewers.

Over 100 Indiana University students, from Indiana University’s Media School and many other disciplines, complement their academic training and develop marketable skills through real-world experience gained by working alongside the station’s staff.

With the television digital conversion in 2009, WTIU began broadcasting four separate channel streams — TIU HD, TIU World, TIU Family and TIU Espanol.

WTIU is a member station of PBS, Indiana’s Public Broadcasting Stations, and The Association of Public Television Stations.

Productions

Locally-produced programs include daily news breaks and a weekly magazine program covering people, places, and events from across the state entitled The Weekly Special.

The Friday Zone, WTIU’s own weekly Emmy Award-winning children’s program, features activities and guests including performance and visual artists, and scientists.

Indiana Newsdesk covers the economy, politics, education and the environment for the WTIU viewing area. This weekly show from WTIU/WFIU News focuses on stories that have impact on our community, our state and our region. There are a number of other programs currently in production.

Recent local documentaries include Spirit of Orange County, Bill Cook: A Heck of a Ride, Bloomington: Remember When, Spirit of Brown County, Shadows Of Innocence, the Hoosier Hospitality series, the Indiana Legends series, Goose Pond: The Story Of A Wetland & Its Neighbors, and the Emmy Award-winning Sugarplum Dreams: Staging The Nutcracker Ballet, and West Baden Springs: Save of the Century.