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Twin Cities Public Television
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Twin Cities Public Television

Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) is the organization that operates the KTCA and KTCI television stations in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. KTCA broadcasts on channel 2 and 34 (digital), and KTCI broadcasts on 17 and 16 (digital). The two stations were usually referred to individually, but the TPT name came around as the Twin Cities stations transitioned toward the use of high definition television, which blurs the line on what a television channel actually is. KTCA began broadcasting on September 3, 1957, and its sister station came online on May 3, 1965.

The organization has not been as prolific as some public television stations in the amount of material produced, but some very high quality productions have been made. The station produced Newton's Apple from 1983 to 1998 as well as the acclaimed 1994 movie Hoop Dreams.

The Friday night public-affairs program Almanac, which is distributed to other channels around Minnesota, has been aired weekly for more than 20 years. The station experimented with an evening newscast named NewsNight Minnesota which was also broadcast statewide from the mid-1990s until 2001. It aired Monday through Thursday and took a slower approach to the news where stories were covered in greater depth.

More recently, the station produced Chris Farrell's series Right on the Money, which was a companion series to his radio program Sound Money, produced by Minnesota Public Radio. TPT has also worked on numerous individual documentaries and documentary series.