Tufts University Television (TUTV) Records, 1967 -- 2017
This collection has:
22.8 Cubic Feet
2 Web sites
Since its founding in 1977, TUTV has grown exponentially in terms of its membership base, resources, scope of activities, and audience. From 1977 to 1997, TUTV existed primarily as a video club. It had no system for disseminating its programming on a large scale. Instead, TUTV employed a 'hand-delivery system' in which copies of TUTV programs were shuttled back and forth between TUTVs production offices and the Tufts Campus Center. In the mid-1990s, the Tufts administration entered into a contract with a company called Campuslink. The contract stipulated that Campuslink provide voice, video, and data services to the Tufts residential system. The contract also stipulated the inclusion of a closed-circuited cable channel which could be used by Tufts to deliver audio-visual content to the Tufts community. This later became channel 43. When channel 43 finally came on-line in 1997, the Tufts administration authorized the Experimental College to oversee its use. At this point, representatives of TUTV stepped in and negotiated an agreement to help manage the content creation process. Ever since then, TUTV has been broadcasting on channel 43.
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