NewTV is beyond excited to begin the process of re-opening our facility with our normal business hours! We can't wait to see both familiar and new faces back in the studio! While we are still open only to members and their guests at this time, walk-ins are welcome for equipment pick-up/drop-off or editing time. As always, reservations are required for studio use. Please click here for more details about our current procedures for visiting NewTV. Thank you for your unyielding patience and cooperation during the past 2 years as we have worked through the pandemic together.

NOTE April 2022: NewTV is currently open for members only. Learn more here.

 

Mission Statement

NewTV (Newton Communications Access Center, Inc.) is a non-profit multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) located in Newton, MA. It maintains an elaborate media center dedicated to providing quality original programming, training and creative services to the diverse community at large. 

NewTV manages numerous active cable channels and various online viewing and audio outlets in order to provide an accessible platform for expression and innovation – an alternative voice to mainstream media.  

 

About page photo4Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Walk-ins welcome for equpiment pick-up/drop-off and editing time. Studio shoots available by appointment only.  

 

History of NewTV

In the 29 years since NewTV's inception, the organization has experienced remarkable growth and expansion of its production services and equipment.  Before breaking ground in 1991 as NewTV at 90 Lincoln Street, Continental Cable held control over local access facilities and channels throughout the 80s.  Mayor Theodore Mann had been traveling to cities throughout the country and saw how communities started independent public access television stations, then sought to do the same in Newton.  By 1990, Mayor Mann had organized several people from the community to establish NewTV's first Board of Directors and charged them with finding a location and hiring a staff to train the community. 

"This is the breakout for opportunities in education, the breakout for cultural opportunities unprecedented in the United States because indeed we are a very unique community." - Former Newton Mayor Theodore D. Mann (1992)


On June 7, 1992, NewTV opened its doors to a new facility located on Lincoln Street in the basement of the Hyde Community Center and resided there for 15 years.  Starting with its first channel (formerly NewTV 13), NewTV quickly expanded to its current lineup of three individual channels: Community, Education and Government.  NewTV also produces Newton News, the long established, flagship program of the station since 1994.  With the expansion of the channels and increasing demand from the community, the basement of the Hyde Center could no longer accomodate NewTV's needs. After a year of canvassing by the Board of Directors and former Executive Director Paul Berg, in 2006 NewTV moved to a larger, more modern facility at 23 Needham Street. The new location was a huge improveent, including a number of upgrades such as extra edit suites, an open edit area, and a state-of-the-art studio. 


Robert S. Kelly became the Executive Director in 2008. He instituted a number of technological and organizational upgrades, including a complete rebrand. In 2013, NewTV completed a build-out to expand the facility to approximately 8,500 square feet. As part of the expansion, NewTV gained a 42-seat screening room, a professional training center including 10 iMac workstations outfitted with Adobe Creative Suite, a green room and additional edit space.


On October 3, 2013, NewTV launched an HD channel through a partnership with RCN. NewTV was the second public access station to be offered an HD channel in Massachusetts. In 2016, NewTV received two more HD channels from RCN, bringing the total to three. Viewers can now experience NewTV’s programming at its highest quality. Even though the equipment and faces have changed over the years, the mission of NewTV has remained the same; provide the community with access to professional equipment and training and the means to relay their message or idea.

 

"You get to talk about Newton issues and a focus on the locality that you're not going to get from network news or even large metropolitan newspapers." - Former United States Congressman Barney Frank (2011)