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The mission of Idaho Public Television is to meet the needs and reflect the interests of our various audiences. We do this by:

  • Providing quality educational and cultural television and related resources;
  • Creating Idaho-based programs and resources;
  • Establishing and maintaining statewide industry-standard delivery systems to provide television and other media to Idaho homes and schools;
  • Providing learning opportunities and fostering participation and collaboration in educational and civic activities; and
  • Attracting, developing, and retaining talented and motivated employees who are committed to accomplishing the shared vision of Idaho Public Television.

Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) is a statewide, non-commercial broadcast telecommunication system and new media provider based in the capital city of Boise with additional staffed facilities in Moscow and Pocatello.

IdahoPTV is an entity of the Idaho State Board of Education, which holds in the public trust television and related broadcast telecommunication licenses issued and governed by the Federal Communications Commission. The State Board of Education holds open meetings. For dates and times, visit http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov (click on the "Meetings" tab).

IdahoPTV's service to the region began in September of 1965 with KUID-TV, Moscow. During the intervening 49 years, IdahoPTV's reach has expanded to include over-the-air broadcast television service to more than 97 percent of Idaho's population and portions of six adjoining states and Canada. An efficient system of five digital transmitters and 42 repeaters (translators) convey our over-the-air signals throughout the state and adjacent areas. In addition, IdahoPTV's signals are rebroadcast under federal guidelines by cable and satellite systems in the region, as well as a rapidly expanding Internet-based distribution system.

IdahoPTV has developed a reputation for producing award-winning quality television and other electronic media.

The following IdahoPTV productions are in national distribution: Barbara Morgan: No Limits, Yellowstone: Land to Life, and Ribbon of Sand through PBS, and Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century through American Public Television. Also in national distribution is The Social Code through the National Educational Television Service. The Peabody Award-winning Hearts and Minds: Teens and Mental Illness is among the many IdahoPTV productions that have been distributed nationally in recent years.

IdahoPTV produces a number of on-going series including Outdoor Idaho, Idaho Reports (coverage of the Idaho Legislature), Dialogue (weekly public and cultural affairs program), Science Trek (educational science program for grade-school students), Idaho Debates (primary and statewide election coverage), Idaho In Session (gavel-to-gavel live coverage of the Idaho House, Senate and Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee), Governor's State of the State Address, INL Scholastic Tournament, and Ron's Picks. Also produced are special programs such as The Idaho Homefront: "Of Camps & Combat," Idaho: An Aerial Tapestry, Idaho Edens, West of the Basque, Lewis & Clark: Crossing the Centuries, Hymns of Thanksgiving and Picturing Idaho.

IdahoPTV is the recipient of numerous regional Emmy Awards, one Peabody Award, New York Film Festival Awards and many other state, regional, national and international awards.

The staff is led by Ron Pisaneschi, General Manager; Jeff Tucker, Director of Content Services; Jenifer Johnson, Director of Development; Tim Tower, Director of Finance; Rich Van Genderen, Director of Technology; and Bruce Reichert, Executive Producer.