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WTVP to Offer More Channels, More Choices Beginning Monday, February 2nd

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009



WTVP will begin offering more channels and more choices on Monday, Feb. 2 as the stationís main channel 47.1 broadcasts in high definition, the new WTVP World is launched on 47.2, and WTVP Create continues on 47.3.


WTVP 47.1 - As a full member PBS station, WTVP will utilize the PBS National Program Service on Channel 47.1 and will continue to create a program schedule available 24/7, including locally-produced programming, acquisition programming drawn from the libraries of a number of different services, and other programs requested by WTVP members and viewers.
WTVP Create 47.3 - the stationís 24-hour lifestyle channel-will continue in February with 33 different series plus special Saturday marathons. Working with a six-hour block that rotates throughout each day, the schedule flows from painting and crafting to cooking, travel, gardening, home improvement and back to crafting.
WTVP World 47.2 - a 24-hour digital channel spotlighting PBSís acclaimed documentary, public affairs, and news programming-will be launched Monday, Feb. 2. WTVP World will showcase the award-winning series viewers have come to identify with public television-and will be devoted exclusively to the best in non-fiction programming. On Monday through Friday, each eveningís schedule will also allow for WTVP-generated news and public affairs programming.
  • National programming on WTVP World will include a wide variety of popular and critically acclaimed series:

  • History/Biography series, mini-series, and specials such as American Experience, American Masters, and History Detectives.

  • Science series, mini-series, and specials such as NOVA and Secrets of the Dead.

  • Natural history series, mini-series, and specials such as Nature and National Geographic Specials.

  • Investigative journalism and independent documentary films such as Frontline, P.O.V., Independent Lens, and Wide Angle.

  • News/Public Affairs programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, BBC World News, The Nightly Business Report, Charlie Rose, The McLaughlin Group, Bill Moyers Journal, and European Journal.

WTVP World will also feature many programs not currently airing on WTVPís main channel including Worldfocus, a new nightly news report hosted by former WMBD anchor Martin Savidge, weekdays at 10:30 p.m. Viewers will also have a chance to see Wild Chronicles, Scientific American Frontiers, Foreign Exchange, Global Voices, Tavis Smiley five days a week-plus important documentaries and specials. The service will also provide alternate times for watching several of WTVPís main news programs, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer at 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., The Nightly Business Report at 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., and Charlie Rose at 4 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Whenever possible, current events will dictate programming, making WTVP World a valuable resource for viewers looking for in-depth reporting on the important happenings of our time.

ďWTVP will offer comprehensive coverage of all of the issues important to us, whether they impact the world outside our doors or the world at large,Ē says Linda Miller, WTVPís Vice President/Programming and Communications. ďThis new channel gathers all of PBSís award-winning news and information programs in one place, and also provides welcome space for original WTVP programming, allowing us to increase our commitment toward serving the community with informative programs that resonate with our viewers.Ē


For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org


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