Idaho Public Television

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Idaho Public Television
Idaho Public Television logo
statewide Idaho
Branding IdahoPTV
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Idaho State Board of Education
First air date see table below
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

Idaho Public Television (Also known as IdahoPTV) is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network serving the state of Idaho. It comprises five television stations, operated and funded by the Idaho State Board Of Education. The network is headquartered in Boise, with satellite studios at the University of Idaho in Moscow and Idaho State University in Pocatello.

The network's first station, KUID-TV, signed on from the UI campus in September 1965. KBGL-TV signed on in July 1971 from ISU in Pocatello, followed that December by KAID-TV in Boise, licensed to Boise State University. After a decade, KBGL changed its call letters to KISU-TV in 1981. The three stations shared many programs, but were largely operated independently at first. However, in 1981, two KUID-produced documentaries--one about logging practices, another about lead exposure--caused such an outcry that the state legislature yanked nearly all funding for public television.[1] Citing budget restrictions in early 1981, the state legislature cut 90% of the state funding for public television,[2] and the stations relied on federal funding and private donations.[3] A year later, the legislature ordered the merger of the three stations into a single network.[4][5] The licenses for all three stations were transferred to the state board of education.[6] Two other stations in Coeur d'Alene and Twin Falls were added in 1992.

Combined, the five stations and their extensive translator network reach almost all of Idaho, as well as parts of Washington, Montana, and Oregon. The north Idaho stations of Coeur d'Alene and Moscow are in the Pacific Time Zone, while the south Idaho stations of Boise, Twin Falls, and Pocatello are in the Mountain Time Zone. There is a one hour video delay for stations in the Pacific Time Zone so that all programs are broadcast at the same local time (i.e. a printed schedule would be valid in both time zones). The exception is for viewers in Montana tuned to a north Idaho station, as the time is one hour later.


Station City of license Channels
Virtual channel
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
(Flagship station)
Boise 21 (UHF) 4 December 31, 1971 Ada County, IDaho 725 kW 858 m 62442 43°45′20.8″N 116°5′57″W / 43.755778°N 116.09917°W / 43.755778; -116.09917 (KAID)
KCDT Coeur d'Alene 45 (UHF) 26 September 22, 1992 Coeur
38 kW 465 m 62424 47°43′53.7″N 116°43′50.2″W / 47.731583°N 116.730611°W / 47.731583; -116.730611 (KCDT)
KIPT Twin Falls 22 (UHF) 13 January 19921 Idaho
50 kW 181.9 m 62427 42°43′45.9″N 114°24′56.5″W / 42.729417°N 114.415694°W / 42.729417; -114.415694 (KIPT)
Pocatello 17 (UHF) 10 July 7, 1971 Idaho
189 kW 451.1 m 62430 43°30′4.2″N 112°39′44.9″W / 43.501167°N 112.662472°W / 43.501167; -112.662472 (KISU-TV)
KUID-TV Moscow 12 (VHF) 12 September 6, 1965 University of IDaho 78 kW 339.7 m 62382 46°40′54.3″N 116°58′14.2″W / 46.681750°N 116.970611°W / 46.681750; -116.970611 (KUID-TV)


  • 1. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KIPT signed on January 18, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on January 17.
  • 2. KISU-TV used the call sign KBGL-TV from its 1971 sign-on until December 7, 1981. (The ISU athletic teams are the Bengals.)
  • 3. KUID-TV was on analog channel 12 until its digital channel signed on; the analog signal was moved to Channel 35, which had previously been assigned as KUID's digital allocation.


Idaho Public Television has 4 digital subchannels.

Digital subchannels

Channel Programming
xx.1 Main programming / PBS HD
xx.2 IdahoPTV PLUS
xx.3 Learn - a combination of adult learning courses & Create
xx.4 World


Idaho Public Television has a network of low power translators across Idaho, which are rapidly being converted to digital (analog translators marked after the city):

KCDT - Coeur D' Alene, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 26.x by PSIP)

KAID - Boise, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 4.x by PSIP)

KIPT - Twin Falls, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 13.x by PSIP)

KISU - Pocatello, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 10.x by PSIP)

KUID - Moscow, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 12.x by PSIP)


  1. ^ Snow, Ruth (October 20, 2001). "IPTV could shift back into university control". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 10A. 
  2. ^ "Public TV report due". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 14, 1981. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Public TV funds sought". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. September 10, 1981. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Idaho PBS future fuzzy". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 8, 1982. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Idaho public TV hot issue". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. February 8, 1992. p. 5. 
  6. ^ "Idaho public TV stations to have single manager". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. April 6, 1982. p. 5. 
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