PCTV empowers, educates, and enhances the Greater Pittsburgh community through media.
When PCTV began operations in Pittsburgh in 1986, it continued a long history of public access television in the United States. The roots of public access television go back to the 1960s when the tools of television production began to become more accessible to the average person. Filmmaker George Stoney was one of the pioneers of early public access television, helping to advocate for the legal right to establish access to the television medium for the public.
Public access television first came to the Steel City in 1981 when Warner Cable began operations in Pittsburgh. At the time, public, education, and government television stations were popping up all over the United States thanks to some forward thinking in Congress and at the FCC. Originally Warner Cable operated five studios throughout Pittsburgh. In 1986, PCTV took over public access as an independent non-profit, managing the current studio on Western Avenue on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
At 25 plus years and counting, PCTV is among the oldest public access media organizations in the United States. Over those over 25 years, PCTV has served thousands of Pittsburgh residents and non-profits, giving them low cost access to media production tools and the ability to broadcast their thoughts, ideas, and creativity to households throughout Pittsburgh and the world.
While technology has evolved, the mission of PCTV remains as relevant as ever in 2011. In a time of greater and greater consolidation of media outlets, PCTV remains committed to public service. We look forward to serving Pittsburgh for another 25 years!