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 Bedford, Bloomington, Columbus, and Terre Haute, and the communities of Bloomfield, Linton, Martinsville, Nashville, Seymour, and Spencer. Approximately 607,126 TV households are included in the viewing area. We estimate that between broadcast, cable, satellite, and broadband, WTIU reaches an estimated 1,542,101 viewers.
Over 80 students, from Indiana University’s Media School, an entity built upon the traditions of telecommunications, journalism, film studies, and other disciplines, complement their academic training and develop marketable skills through real-world experience gained by working alongside the station’s staff each year.
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. Our children’s programming includes well-known series like Curious George,Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Sesame Street.
Our locally-produced, award-winning programs include three weekly series, as well as daily news breaks. The Weekly Special is a magazine program which highlights local people, places, and events. The Friday Zone, WTIU’s own weekly children’s program, features performances, guests, activities, and ideas for fun and exploration. 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 also a number of additional local specials currently in production.
Recent local documentaries include Along The Wabash: The Story of Indiana’s State River, Bill Cook: A Heck of a Ride, Bloomington: Remember When, Fall Creek Massacre, Finding the Fix: Heroin’s Hold on the Heartland, the Hoosier Hospitality series, the Indiana Legends series, Indiana Motoring: Concours d’Elegance of French Lick, Lew Wallace: Shiloh Soldier/Ben-Hur Bard, Mary Bateman Clark: Woman of Color and Courage, and Spirit of Johnson County. 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 multiple channel streams. Today, our lineup includes: WTIU HD, WTIU World, WTIU Create, WTIU Echo, and WTIU Kids. The complete schedule for these channels can be found on our Program Schedule page.