University of Washington Television

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University of Washington Television
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University of Washington Television (UWTV) is an educational television service from the University of Washington (UW), originating from Seattle. Through online and mobile distribution formats, UWTV serves as an ambassador to the scholarship, discoveries and breakthrough science of the nation's top-ranked public research university, and also showcases campus culture, from sports to student activities. Programs are available online through video on demand and podcasting at, as well as YouTube and iTunes U.


Since its inception as a linear cable television channel in 1994, UWTV has received numerous regional and national awards for excellence in production and programming content created by UWTV's on-campus television professionals. By 2000 the station was available by cable in several cities.[1][2]

In 1999 YES-TV operated by the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center, created a new $1.2 million studio and entered an agreement to have its programs broadcast by UWTV.[3]

In 2000 UWTV, which had been available via cable in much of the state for a decade, began broadcasting over cable in Tacoma.[1] December 31, 2016, UWTV discontinued its linear cable television channel, preferring to focus on its website distribution and continued video production for the UW and surrounding community.[4]

As of January 1, 2017, the University of Washington ended the television broadcast of UWTV.


In 2000, The News Tribune reported that the bulk of the channel's programming was broadcasts of lectures and seminars.[1] It televised major events at the University, such as the 2008 appearance of the Dalai Lama.[5]

The first live video from the sea floor of the Strait of Juan de Fuca was broadcast by UWTV in 2005, showing a live view of the 700 °F (371 °C) geothermal heated waters under study by UW oceanographers John Delaney and Deborah Kelley, as part of the Visions 2005 expedition.[6][7]


UWTV, Patrick Witt, Greg Young, and Kathy Medak, were nominated for a Northwest Emmy Award for a one-time sports special, "Husky Softball: A Championship Journey.[8]

In 2017, UWTV, Cara Podenski, Eric Chudler, and Lionel Flynn won a Northwest Emmy for "BrainWorks: Exercise and the Brain" in the Health/Science program category.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Kremer, Lisa (19 May 2000). "UWTV gets local cable spot AT&T adds award-winning station to city lineup". The News Tribune. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Falcon Cable Offers Peek at UWTV". Yakima Heraald-Republic. 16 July 1999.
  3. ^ Pohlig, Coleen (2 November 1999). "YES-TV Goes Through UW Channels -- UWTV partnership offers programming for viewers, programs for student learning". Yakima Herald-Republic. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Sad to see UWTV leave television |". 2016-12-26. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  5. ^ Tu, Janet (23 March 2008). "Tibetan's appeal transcends politics, religion: 153,000 to attend | Compassion is focus of free, 5-day event". The Dalai Lama in Seattle. Seattle Times. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ Doughton, Sandi (September 28, 2005), "Live video broadcast to feature seafloor off Washington coast", The Seattle Times
  7. ^ Visions 2005, University of Washington, 2005
  8. ^ Nominations and Recipients; 2011 - 48th Annual Emmy Awards (Microsoft Word), Northwest Emmy Awards, 2011
  9. ^ Nominations and Recipients; 2017 - 54th Annual Emmy Awards (Microsoft Word), Northwest Emmy Awards, 2017

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