With support from IU’s president, Herman B Wells, IU applies for, and receives, a television broadcasting license from the FCC. On March 3, WTIU goes on the air for the first time, as an affiliate of the National Educational Television network, or NET. Staffed by just three employees, the station broadcasts on UHF channel 30, for just 29 hours a week, six days a week. Much of the programming is in black and white. The first three shows aired by the station are The Friendly Giant, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and What’s New.
In October, a new network, the Public Broadcasting Service, or PBS, supersedes NET. WTIU, as a NET station, becomes an affiliate of PBS.
WTIU collaborates with IU Opera Theater on a television production of the opera Myshkin, for which the station wins a Peabody award.
The station celebrates its 20-year anniversary with 17 days of special programming, including musical performances, science specials, and a rebroadcast of the 1976 NCAA basketball championship, Indiana versus Michigan.
Along with most other TV stations around the country, WTIU begins broadcasting in digital on channel 30.1 alongside its analog transmission.
WTIU ends its analog transmissions, begins broadcasting in HD, and launches TIU-2, a digital subchannel with primarily educational programming and telecourses.
WTIU’s channel lineup becomes WTIU-HD, TIU World, TIU Family, and TIU Español.