NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media. NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
History of NewTV
In the 25 years since NewTV's inception, the organization has experienced remarkable growth and expansion of its production services and equipment. Before breaking ground in 1991 as NewTV at 90 Lincoln Street, Continental Cable held control over local access facilities and channels throughout the 80s. Mayor Theodore Mann had been traveling to cities throughout the country and saw how communities started independent public access television stations, then sought to do the same in Newton. By 1990, Mayor Mann had organized several people from the community to establish NewTV's first Board of Directors and charged them with finding a location and hiring a staff to train the community.
"This is the breakout for opportunities in education, the breakout for cultural opportunities unprecedented in the United States because indeed we are a very unique community." - Former Newton Mayor Theodore D. Mann (1992)
On June 7, 1992, NewTV opened its doors to a new facility located on Lincoln Street in the basement of the Hyde Community Center and resided there for 15 years. Starting with its first channel (formerly NewTV 13), NewTV quickly expanded to its current lineup of three individual channels: Community, Education and Government. NewTV also produces Newton News, the long established, flagship program of the station since 1994. With the expansion of the channels and increasing demand from the community, the basement of the Hyde Center could no longer accommodate NewTV’s needs. After a year of canvassing by the Board of Directors and former Executive Director Paul Berg, in 2006 NewTV moved to a larger and more modern facility at 23 Needham Street. The new location was a huge improvement, including a number of upgrades such as extra edit suites, an open edit area, and a state-of-the-art studio.
Bob Kelly became the Executive Director in 2008. He instituted a number of technological and organizational upgrades, including a complete rebrand. In 2013, NewTV did a build-out to expand the facility to approximately 7000 8000 feet. As part of the expansion, NewTV gained a 42-seat screening room, a modern training center, including 10 fully-equipped student stations with iMacs and Adobe Creative Suite, with additional space for members to edit.
On October 3, 2013, NewTV launched an HD channel through a partnership with RCN. NewTV was the second public access station to be offered an HD channel in Massachusetts. In 2016, NewTV received two more HD channels from RCN, bringing the total to three. People can now experience NewTV’s programming at its highest quality. Even though the equipment and faces have changed over the years, the mission of NewTV has remained the same; provide the community with the access to professional equipment and training and the means to relay their message or idea.
"You get to talk about Newton issues and a focus on the locality that you're not going to get from network news or even large metropolitan newspapers." - Former United States Congressman Barney Frank (2011)