CPTV and its affiliate channels, CPTV4U and CPTV Sports are media services of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.).
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CPTV’s content offerings enrich people’s lives through high-quality educational programming and services that inform, educate, entertain and inspire audiences in Connecticut and beyond, reaching viewers nationwide with its unique blend of exceptional local public television shows as well as national programs of interest to audiences across the country.
Since CPTV began broadcasting more than 50 years ago, the community-supported, statewide public broadcasting station has served a wide variety of communities and entertained millions of viewers with a mix of educational, entertainment, children’s, news and public affairs programming.
As one of the country’s most respected and award-winning PBS stations, CPTV has produced original documentaries about Connecticut’s history and culture, as well as children’s shows, sports broadcasts, concert specials and informational and lifestyle programs. Awards for original productions have included two National Daytime Emmy Awards, 98 Regional Emmy Awards, 410 Regional Emmy Award nominations, seven CINE Golden Eagle Awards, one Gracie Allen Award, as well as numerous local awards and acknowledgments.
CPTV’s legacy of excellence – and its goal of being the most trusted, valued and supported media organization in Connecticut – remains at the forefront of its efforts to engage and enlighten the many diverse audiences that it serves.
Each weekday, CPTV carries 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs we call CPTVKids.
CPTV also provides more children’s series to the national public broadcasting system than any other public television station including Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina, The Saddle Club and SeeMore’s Playhouse.
CPTV Sports (online at cptvsports.org ) is Connecticut’s only statewide, 24/7 sports channel – showcases high school, collegiate, semi-professional and professional sporting events throughout the state.
CPTV Sports brings viewers games from the state’s high schools, including live coverage of CIAC state championships, and coverage from Sacred Heart University, Wesleyan University, Post University and other state universities.
Telecasts of professional and semi-professional teams such as the Connecticut Sun (Women’s National Basketball Association) and the New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) Minor League Baseball are also featured on CPTV Sports.
The channel airs Connecticut-centered talk shows about sports, including Game Time with Joe Zone & John Holt and Beyond the Beat: Outside the Press Box.
CPTV Sports covers a variety of other competitive match-ups throughout the state such as horse show jumping, Little League baseball, auto racing, women’s fast-pitch softball, roller derby, bowling, dog shows, robotics, spelling bees, the Connecticut Soccer League and the Nutmeg State Games. The channel broadcasts additional programming related to sports, such as shows on sports medicine and yoga.
The CPTV Sports YouTube channel features an archive of videos and game highlights.
CPTV4U provides viewers with 24/7 access to some of CPTV’s most popular programming, including mysteries, music programs, nature shows, dramas, documentaries, independent fi lms, British comedies, and more. CPTV4U offers television audiences a unique and unduplicated schedule, providing them with more options to watch the content they desire.
Thanks to the generous support of the communities we serve, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc., has evolved from a single television station broadcasting in black and white in 1962 to a statewide broadcasting network with four television stations, four radio stations and one cable network.
In 1962, the Connecticut Educational Television Station began broadcasting in black and white from the basement of the Trinity College Library in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1978, Connecticut Public Radio joined the network, forming what is today known as Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc., parent organization of CPTV (Connecticut Public Television) and WNPR — Connecticut Public Radio.
In the beginning, motivated and eager individuals had a vision: to enrich people’s lives through high-quality, non-commercial, educational programming. Institutions like Trinity College and the State of Connecticut supported this goal of reaching out to the community through public broadcasting.
Over the years, the organization has grown, thanks to the continued support of the communities we serve. In 2004, CPBI made the move to a new broadcast home in Hartford’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood, a facility with contemporary technology that has enabled CPTV and WNPR to provide programming through a variety of multi-media platforms, in addition to traditional television and radio broadcasting.
Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s offices & studios are located at 1049 Asylum Street in Hartford, Connecticut.