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Introduction

BYU Broadcasting (BYUB) is home to Brigham Young University’s educational broadcast channels. It utilizes both television and radio to train students on using broadcast technology, increase community education, provide LDS Church members with uplifting programing and support the ongoing missionary efforts of the Church. BYU Broadcasting consists of the following:

  • KBYU-TV - a PBS member station broadcasting statewide in Utah
  • KBYU-FM - a radio station broadcasted in Utah County and known as Classical 89.
  • BYU Television - an English channel in North American via cable and satellite and worldwide via the Internet and the LDS Church satellite network.
  • BYU Television International - a sister-station to BYU Television that broadcasts simultaneously in English, Spanish and Portuguese worldwide.
  • BYU Television International (available in Spanish and English) es un canal de cable/satélite que transmite simultáneamente en inglés, español y portugués en todo el mundo.

BYU Broadcasting aims to inform and enrich audiences by acquiring, creating, and distributing programs that reflect the values of Brigham Young University and its sponsoring institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the shared values of good people of all backgrounds and faiths.

For nearly 80 years, BYU Broadcasting has enjoyed a rich history of technical and creative collaboration with the Department of Communications and later the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

From its first broadcast on a two-tube transmitter built by the Department of Physics in 1931 to global transmissions via the Internet and satellite and cable television, BYU Broadcasting has met the challenges of rapidly changing technology with grace and poise.

Recent Developments

In order to continue meeting the demands of new technology and growing interest and need, the university announced in 2010 two changes to the organization of BYUB.

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First, BYUB was granted its own facilities, which included the construction of a new BYU Broadcasting building. Groundbreaking for this building took place on May 7, 2010, presided over by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve. The building, located east of the Marriott Center and north of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, includes TV and radio production studios, editing space, a new web department and other facilities. The new facility brings BYU Television, BYU Radio, Classical 89, KBYU Television and BYU Television International under one roof, opening up much-needed space in the Harris Fine Arts Center.

The second change was occurred a week later, on May 15, when Dean Stephen M. Jones of the College of Fine Arts and Communications announced that the university’s board of trustees had approved a change in reporting structure for BYU Broadcasting. Effective the day of the announcement, BYU Broadcasting officially transitioned away from the College of Fine Arts and Communications and now reports to the university’s Advancement Vice President.

Although BYU Broadcasting is no longer an arm of the college, collaborative and creative efforts have continued to be richly enjoyed by both parties. Dean Jones has noted that the focus of the collaboration is and will continue to be in supplying excellent content and mentoring students in production-related disciplines.

The college expresses its great gratitude for the tremendous service BYUB provided during its time with the college and for the dedicated individuals who have pushed the organization to new limits. The administration, faculty and students all look forward to continued collaboration and wish the organization every success in the years ahead.

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