Independent New York television station CUNY TV has been educating and informing city viewers for three decades. The largest university television station in the country, its cable distribution in the city’s five boroughs is enhanced by digital broadcast on Channel 25.3, expanding its reach in the tri-state area 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 New York metro 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 (Spectrum and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon).
The merger also provides CUNY TV with its own HD radio station.
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 maintaining a consistent link to its roots in lifelong learning. Under the supervision of Executive in Charge of Production Gail R. Yancosek – a New York Emmy® Award winner for her stewardship of WNEW/Fox 5’s Good Day New York series – CUNY TV has regularly debuted a slate of new series and specials. These programs include a new monthly events and culture magazine, Arts in the City; a monthly news program, Asian American Life, dedicated to one of the most diverse populations in the New York metropolitan area; and specials on food, animals, Baby Boomers, the regional economy, and independent films.
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 films on City Cinematheque, along with repeats of the week’s best shows.
CUNY TV is the recipient of 14 New York Emmy® Awards, and other prestigious industry honors including the Telly Award and Communicator Awards, and a total of 56 Emmy nominations.
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.