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WTIU, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 14), is a PBS member television station located in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by Indiana University, and is a sister station to NPR member radio station WFIU (103.7 FM). WTIU maintains studio facilities located on the Indiana University campus on East 7th Street in Bloomington, and its transmitter is located on Sare Road on the city's southeast side.

On cable, WTIU is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 5 in Bloomington in AT&T U-verse channel 30 in Indianapolis in standard definition, and in high definition on Xfinity digital channel 1022 in Bloomington and AT&T U-verse channel 1030 in Indianapolis.

The station is also the default PBS member for the Terre Haute market, despite having WVUT 22 in Vincennes, Ind. from Vincennes University. It is carried by most cable providers in west-central Indiana, including the area's primary provider, Time Warner Cable.

HistoryEdit

In late 1968, after receiving support from the university's president Herman B. Wells, Indiana University applied for a license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate a educational television station. The station first signed on the air on March 3, 1969 as a member station of National Educational Television; the first program ever broadcast on WTIU was The Friendly Giant. WTIU became a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) when NET was reorganized on October 6, 1970.

Channel 30 originally maintained a skeletal staff of only three employees, and initially broadcast on Monday through Saturdays for five hours a day during the afternoon hours. As the station was unable to afford equipment to allow programming to be transmitted in color, much of the programming broadcast by WTIU was aired in black and white. Through PBS's Program Differentiation Plan, the network's programming was eventually divided between it and three other PBS members in the Indianapolis market – WFYI (channel 20), Muncie-based WIPB (channel 49) and by 1992, WTBU (channel 69, now Daystar owned-and-operated station WDTI).


TV stations in Indiana
WFYI, Indianapolis

WTIU, Bloomington
WIPB, Muncie
WYIN, Gary/Chicago
WVUT, Vincennes
WFWA, Fort Wayne
WNIT, South Bend
WNIN, Evansville

TV stations in Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, Bloomington and Muncie
WTTV 4 (CBS)
WRTV 6 (ABC)
WISH 8 (CW)
WTHR 13 (NBC)
WREP-LD 15 (Youtoo)
WIIH-CD 17 (GetTV)
WDNI-CD 19 (TLM)
WFYI 20 (PBS)
WNDY 23 (MNTV)
WSOT-LD 27 (NRBTV)
WUDZ-LD 28 (Buzzr)
WTTK 29 (CBS)
WTIU 30 (PBS)
WSDI-LD 30 (Quest)
WHMB 40 (FBC)
WCLJ 42 (Ion Life)
WALV-CD 46 (MeTV)
WBXI-CD 47 (Start TV)
WIPB 49 (PBS)
WIWU-CD 51 (Rel)
WXIN 59 (Fox)
WIPX 63 (Ion)
WDTI 69 (Daystar)
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