Our founder, John Paul Horstmann had the idea for a student-run television station in the early 2000’s. He worked with the Film Studies department to make it an official club. This club was initially called Creation Station and developed a variety of original programs such as The Pitts, a sitcom about an obnoxious roommate and Headhunters, a sketch comedy show. The original studio was located in a small room in the Cathedral of Learning. Under the leadership of Jon Hill, of Lothrop What What fame, the name of the club changed to the University of Pittsburgh Television, or UPTV. Eventually, UPTV joined the Pitt News and WPTS on the fourth floor of the William Pitt Union, where it has been ever since. For most of its history UPTV broadcast on the closed-circuit television broadcasting solely to the dorms, but in 2010 UPTV began promoting its content online due to technical problems with the CCTV. Another temporary hiatus from the CCTV occurred in 2014 when the university converted to an HD system. In 2015, UPTV returned to dorm screens as Channel 68. Over the years, UPTV has dedicated itself to truly original college television and film projects, such as Real Sorority Girls. Recently, UPTV has found a new level of success with their first late night show Pitt Tonight, inspiring a whole slate of new TV programming.

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