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Idaho Public Television

Channel HistoryIdaho Public Television

Last updated 20 September 2020

The network's first station, KUID-TV, signed on from the UI campus in 1965. KAID-TV in Boise, licensed to Boise State University, signed on in 1971, followed later that year by ISU's KISU-TV in Pocatello. The three stations shared many programs, but were largely operated independently at first. However, in 1981, two KUID-produced documentaries--one about logging practices, another about lead exposure--caused such an outcry that the state legislature yanked nearly all funding for public television. A year later, the legislature ordered the merger of the three stations into a single network. The licenses for all three stations were transferred to the state board of education. Two other stations were added in 1992.

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