For immediate release
Chicago, IL - June 24, 2013
WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station, is pleased to announce that beginning on July 1, it will add to its digital broadcast lineup programming from WORLD, a channel distributed by WGBH/Boston, American Public Television and WNET/New York featuring high quality documentary, nature and news programming from public television sources all over the world. The new channel, known as WTTW Create/WTTW World, will feature “how-to” programming from WTTW Create from 7:00 am-8:00 pm daily and WORLD programming from 8:00 pm-7:00 am each night. WTTW Create/WTTW World will be available to viewers on 11.3 (over the air/antenna), Comcast 369, and RCN Cable 38.
WORLD presents exciting original content, including its new exclusive series America Reframed -- 52 weeks of documentaries telling critical stories about diverse people and communities; The Aspen Institute Presents, a program that brings important discussions featuring national leaders to television audiences for the first time; the channel’s weekly international documentary series Global Voices; the series AfroPop, dealing with society and culture in Africa/African diaspora, and Pacific Heartbeat, highlighting Pacific Island life; and original films. In September 2013, WORLD will launch a contribution from WTTW: the new 30-minute documentary anthology series LOCAL, USA which will offer audiences the best local content from stations and independent filmmakers across the country. LOCAL, USA is produced by WTTW and is co-hosted by Chicagoans Evan Allen-Gessesse and Niccole Thurman.
WORLD will also feature the best from the PBS series NOVA, Frontline, Independent Lens, American Experience, P.O.V., among others. WORLD’s special focus is on multicultural producers and work that is by, about and for communities of difference, including race, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender and abilities, aiming to appeal to public television viewers interested in new voices, emerging technology and social media.
“WTTW is excited to be adding programming to our digital services that showcases outstanding and diverse non-fiction productions from all over the globe,” said Daniel Soles, SVP and Chief Television Officer for WTTW. “The content in WTTW World provides another outlet for us to provide some of the best news and documentary productions available,” he added.
WORLD is a full-service, co-brandable, turn-key multicast channel, produced and distributed by WGBH/Boston, American Public Television (APT) and WNET/New York in association with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Funding for WORLD in FY ’14 is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. More information is available at worldchannel.org.
For almost 60 years, audiences have turned to WTTW for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates, and entertains. WTTW reaches 1.5 million weekly households over a four-state area, making it the most-watched public television station in America. Recognized for its award-winning local and national productions, WTTW is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children's programming across its four distinct television channels: WTTW11, WTTW Prime, its Spanish-language channel WTTW V-me, and WTTW Create/WTTW WORLD. For more information and program schedules, please visit wttw.com.