Independent New York television station CUNY TV has been entertaining and serving city viewers for nearly three decades. The largest university television station in the country, its latest innovation supplements its current cable distribution in the city’s five boroughs with digital broadcast on Channel 25.3, expanding its reach to a 35-mile radius from Times Square.
This advance – enabling the station to more than quadruple its television audience, from nearly 1.7 million cable households in New York City to 7.3 million broadcast households in the tri-state area – is made possible by the merging of technical operations with NYC Media’s WNYE/Ch. 25 at CUNY TV’s headquarters at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in the City University of New York Graduate Center.
CUNY TV continues to be cablecast on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon).
The merger also provides CUNY TV with its own HD radio station, set to launch by the end of 2013.
Established in 1985, CUNY TV has been under the leadership of Executive Director Robert Isaacson since 1992. During his tenure, the station has steadily increased its ambition and scope, in 2009 becoming a full-capacity HD studio and post-production facility, with a six-camera mobile production truck.
CUNY TV’s expanded reach includes an enhanced commitment to community broadcasting, while maintaing a consistent link to its roots in lifelong learning. Under the supervision of Executive in Charge of Production Gail Yancosek – a New York Emmy® Award winner for her stewardship of WNEW/Fox 5’s Good Day New York series – is a slate of new series and specials produced by CUNY TV’s recently-formed Special Projects Unit. These programs include an update on the regional economy; a special report on the Baby Boom generation; a new monthly culture program, Arts in the City; a periodic update on independent films and filmmakers, and a new series dedicated to the diverse Asian American population in the New York metropolitan area.
The new programs enhance a schedule that features themed programming five days a week, shown in a revolving six-hour block complemented by late-night films: People (Mondays), Science (Tuesdays), Public Affairs (Wednesdays), Global TV (Thursdays), and Arts &Culture (Fridays). Weekends feature diverse foreign fare on City Cinematheque, along with repeats of the week’s best shows.
CUNY TV is the recipient of 11 New York Emmy® Awards, and other prestigious industry honors including the Telly Award and Communicator Awards. The station has received a total of 44 New York Emmy® nominations to date.
More than a thousand hours of CUNY TV’s original programming also are archived online for national and international access at www.cuny.tv. We encourage you to browse our site to get to know our schedule, series, specials, and archive. Please send your questions or comments to us using this form.