WTIU Public Television
WTIU Public Television
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 all or part of 29 counties in central Indiana, including the cities of Bloomington, Bedford, Columbus, and Terre Haute, and the communities of Martinsville, Linton, Bloomfield, Nashville, Spencer, and Seymour. 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 IU’s Department of Telecommunications, School of Journalism, and many other disciplines, complement their academic training and develop marketable skills through real-world experience gained by working alongside the station’s staff.
WTIU’s broadcast schedule combines the full national schedule of PBS programs with additional locally-selected series and programs. This includes series like Antiques Roadshow, NOVA, PBS Newshour, Masterpiece and The American Experience.
Locally-produced programs include daily news breaks and a weekly magazine program covering local people, places, and events, 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 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. DVDs and Blu-Ray disks of most WTIU productions can be found on our ShopTIU page.
With the television digital conversion in 2009, WTIU began broadcasting four separate channel streams — TIU HD, TIU World, TIU Family and TIU Espanol. The complete schedule for these channels can be found on our Program Schedule page.