What is UCTV?

Showcasing the excellence and diversity of the nation's premier research university, UCTV embraces the core missions of the University of California - teaching, research and public service - through quality, in-depth television that informs, educates and enriches the lives of people around the globe.

Mission and Goals

UCTV creates a place where viewers can participate in the life of the University of California and the communities that surround its ten campuses. As part of the nation's largest and preeminent public university system, the station is at the center of new thinking, scientific breakthroughs, and fresh ideas.

Knowledge and achievements in science, health and medicine, art, music, theater, humanities and public affairs are shared through a wide range of programs, including documentaries, lectures, interviews and performances. Since its "launch" in January of 2000, UCTV has broadcast over five thousand programs on a wide variety of topics, increasing public knowledge and appreciation of research, including its impact on everyday life.


In 1998, a multi-campus workgroup chaired by Carol Tomlinson-Keasey was established to assess the viability and desirability of creating a University of California television station based in part on the model of UCSD-TV (a low-power local broadcast station operated by the UC San Diego campus). The systemwide UC channel would be delivered via satellite to Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) customers, California cable systems, educational television stations, schools, hospitals, the Internet, and other venues.

The workgroup assessed logistical implications, developed projected budgets, and evaluated television program production capabilities throughout the UC system. The group recommended acquiring the necessary capabilities to launch a satellite channel. UCTV was awarded a channel on the DISH Network and began broadcasting in January 2000. Today, UCTV is also available on over 60 cable systems around the country, reaching over 23 million households.

In response to a need from academics, UCTV launched the UCTVSeminars web portal in May 2011. UCTVSeminars provides a single destination for scholars to find and share peer-to-peer scholarly presentations in any academic discipline via video and visual media -- generally a simple, narrated PowerPoint video file. All presentations originate from a University of California campus or affiliated institution and feature researchers from universities around the world.
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