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 20 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, NewTV moved from Lincoln Street to 23 Needham Street in 2006 to a larger, more modern facility. In 2013, NewTV did a build-out to expand the facility to approximately 7000 feet. On October 3, 2013, NewTV launched an HD channel through a partnership with RCN. NewTV was teh second public access station to be offered an HD channel in Massachusetts. 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 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)