The UWI established UWItv in December 2016.
The multimedia public information and education service was immediately hailed as a "game-changer
in Caribbean education and public outreach". It represents a partnership between The UWI, CaribVision (the regional cable service of the Caribbean Media Corporation) and the RJR Group in Jamaica.
The channel showcases a range of UWI-related content that can potentially be accessed by millions of viewers in 22 Caribbean country markets, along with those
in Caribbean Diaspora communities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. It has a presence on applicable cable channels, as well as online via its own website, YouTube channel and social media sites such as Facebook. This allows its content to be accessed in real time or on demand, from virtually anywhere.
UWItv hosts a vast searchable video database, and
is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, librarians, researchers, documentarians and journalists throughout the region and across the world.
During its first year, the platform live-streamed important events such as symposia, regional meetings and conferences, and served as a medium for disseminating messages on culturally significant issues and events.
Its first anniversary was celebrated with a commemorative event and awards ceremony at
the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination
at Cave Hill Campus. Feature speaker, President of Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and Managing Director of the RJR Communication Group, Jamaica, Mr. Gary Allen, described the platform as “a source of information - for people in the Caribbean about the Caribbean...".
His voice was joined by several others, commending UWItv on the role it has begun to play in disseminating information and sharing opinions across the region.
A major endorsement came from the President of
the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. William Warren Smith, who announced the Bank's agreement to invest US$130,000, to be used for technical and other support for the further development of the platform.