CUNY TV - New York

CUNY TV - New York

CUNY TV is a non-commercial educational television station in New York City, part of City University of New York's university system. It provides tele-course programming varying in subjects from mathematics, physics, and biology to history, art, and social studies.  It also provides cultural programming with shows in German, Spanish, and French

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CUNY TV, the noncommercial cable television station of the City University of New York, is the largest public university television station in the U.S. Our mission is to extend the educational activities within the University beyond its 23 campuses to all New Yorkers, and to reflect the diverse needs and opinions of its faculty and students. Established in 1985, the station is carried in the five boroughs of New York, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The largest university television station in the country, its latest innovation supplements its current cable distribution in the city’s five boroughs with digital broadcast on Channel 25.3, expanding its reach to a 35-mile radius from Times Square. This advance – enabling the station to more than quadruple its television audience, from nearly 1.7 million cable households in New York City to 7.3 million broadcast households in the tri-state area – is made possible by the merging of technical operations with NYC Media’s WNYE/Ch. 25 at CUNY TV’s headquarters at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in the City University of New York Graduate Center. CUNY TV continues to be cablecast on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon). The merger also provides CUNY TV with its own HD radio station, set to launch by the end of 2013. Established in 1985, CUNY TV has been under the leadership of Executive Director Robert Isaacson since 1992. During his tenure, the station has steadily increased its ambition and scope, in 2009 becoming a full-capacity HD studio and post-production facility, with a six-camera mobile production truck. CUNY TV’s expanded reach includes an enhanced commitment to community broadcasting, while maintaing a consistent link to its roots in lifelong learning. Under the supervision of Executive in Charge of Production Gail Yancosek – a New York Emmy® Award winner for her stewardship of WNEW/Fox 5’s Good Day New York series – is a slate of new series and specials produced by CUNY TV’s recently-formed Special Projects Unit. These programs include an update on the regional economy; a special report on the Baby Boom generation; a new monthly culture program, Arts in the City; a periodic update on independent films and filmmakers, and a new series dedicated to the diverse Asian American population in the New York metropolitan area. The new programs enhance a schedule that features themed programming five days a week, shown in a revolving six-hour block complemented by late-night films: People (Mondays), Science (Tuesdays), Public Affairs (Wednesdays), Global TV (Thursdays), and Arts &Culture (Fridays). Weekends feature diverse foreign fare on City Cinematheque, along with repeats of the week’s best shows. CUNY TV is the recipient of 11 New York Emmy® Awards, and other prestigious industry honors including the Telly Award and Communicator Awards. The station has received a total of 44 New York Emmy® nominations to date. More than a thousand hours of CUNY TV’s original programming also are archived online for national and international access at


Original programming


The station produces and co-produces a number of original series at its studios in New York City. After original airing on cable, the shows are archived and uploaded to the station's YouTube channel.


Some original series currently in production are:


  • 219West, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's monthly news magazine that covers the New York City area;
  • Arts in the City, monthly look at the lively arts scene in the New York metropolitan area, hosted by Carol Anne Riddell;
  • Asian American Life, monthly series about the fastest growing immigrant group in the country, living in the New York metropolitan area, hosted by Ernabel Demillo
  • Black America, in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America;
  • Bob Herbert's Op-Ed.TV;
  • Building New York: New York Stories and The Stoler Report - New York's Business Report series about real estate and business leaders of the Metropolitan region;
  • City Cinematheque, world film series, hosted by Professor Jerry Carlson, includes lively discussion with scholars, film professionals and critics;
  • CityWide, monthly talk show covers business and public affairs in New York City (Archive);
  • Conversations with Jim Zirin, interview show about understanding and interpreting national and world events;
  • CUNY Forum, hour-long monthly forum to discuss in New York City government and politics;
  • DiverseCITY, monthly magazine show about New York City's neighborhoods and ethnic communities;
  • Eldridge & Co., hosted by former New York City Council member Ronnie Eldridge;
  • Italics: The Italian American Magazine, hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri;
  • LATiNAS , half hour magazine show about Latinx women nationwide, hosted by Tinabeth Piña;
  • The Laura Flanders Show, weekly series reporting on the social critics, artists, activists & entrepreneurs building tomorrow's world today, hosted by journalist Laura Flanders;
  • The New York Times Close Up with Sam Roberts, weekly show discussing the big stories with journalists covering them and with leading newsmakers;
  • Nueva York, multiple New York Emmy award-winning series explores Latino culture in New York City;
  • One to One, public affairs interviews by journalist Sheryl McCarthy;
  • The Open Mind, weekly nationally syndicated conversation series hosted by Alexander Heffner (initially hosted by its creator Richard D. Heffner from 1956-2013);
  • Pat Collins’ Spotlight on Broadway, monthly program focusing on Broadway’s new productions as well as established hit shows;
  • Science & U!, explores the world of science, for audiences of all ages;
  • Science Goes to the Movies, series that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures;
  • Study With The Best, magazine-style show profiling success stories from The City University of New York, hosted by Tinabeth Piña;
  • THEATER: All the Moving Parts, monthly show profiling theater creators hosted by Patrick Pacheco;
  • Tony Guida's NY, talk show hosted by New York City journalist Tony Guida;
  • Urban U, formerly "Study With The Best" a New York Emmy award winning monthly magazine show about CUNY institution, its students, faculty and alumni;

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