The City of Portsmouth acquired the rights for a community cable television station in 2008 and in 2010, PPMtv’s first board of directors organized to lay the foundation for a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, Portsmouth Public Media.
From its original by-laws, “Portsmouth Public Media will endeavor to establish, operate, and promote non-commercial public access media channels and services.”
Mission Statement: To make the sharing of local news, views, information, arts and entertainment readily accessible to residents, and nonprofit and business organizations of the greater Portsmouth area.
Vision Statement: To be a vibrant, appreciated source of local news, views, information, arts, and entertainment that:
- Airs programs reflecting the interests of a broad range of individual residents, local business and nonprofit organizations;
- Involves all members of the community – diverse ages, socio‐economic status and technological abilities;
- Employs multiple methods of producing and delivering content in order producers to create, and viewers to access, content;
- Embraces available and emerging technology for efficiency of operations.
In 2011, PPMtv moved into the old South End Meeting House, creatively renovating the historic community space into a studio, control room, editing facilities, and office space. On December 5, 2011, PPMtv broadcast its first test programming, a series of 3 films from local directors.
In February 2012, PPMtv began working with Portsmouth High School students to produce the Clipper News Report and in March of that same year, PPMtv began broadcasting original member-produced programming.
In 2013, PPMtv expanded its facilities and its programming, added a live stream to its website, and held its first live audience production – Holiday LIVE.
Today, PPMtv is governed by a ten-member board of directors and managed by Executive Director Bill Humphreys with two part-time staff. It airs on Comcast Channel 98 and is streaming live at ppmtvnh.org.