Vermont Public Television
|Slogan||Educate, inform, entertain and inspire|
|Channels||Digital: see table below|
|Subchannels||.1 PBS (HD)
.2 PBS (SD)
|Owner||Vermont ETV, Inc.|
|First air date||October 16, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||see table below|
|Former affiliations||NET (1967-1970)|
|Transmitter power||see table below|
|Height||see table below|
|Facility ID||see table below|
|Transmitter coordinates||see table below|
Vermont Public Television (VPT) is the PBS member network for the state of Vermont. Originally owned and operated by the University Of Vermont, the network has been operating since October 16, 1967. Eventually, UVM sold off the station to Vermont ETV, Inc., a community-based nonprofit group. Until 1997, it was known as Vermont Educational Television, or Vermont ETV (which is still the station's corporate name).
|Station||City of license||Channels
TV / RF
|First air date||Call letters’
|ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|October 16, 1967||Educational
|90 kW||830 m||69944|
|March 18, 1968||VERmont||15 kW||385 m||69946|
|WVTB||St. Johnsbury||20 (PSIP)
|February 26, 1968||VT = postal
B for Burke Mtn.
|75 kW||590 m||69940|
|March 18, 1968||VT = postal
A for Ascutney Mtn.
|55.7 kW||692 m||69943|
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|xx.1||1080i||16:9||VPT-HD||Main VPT programming / PBS|
"xx" = PSIP virtual channel number
VPT is the smallest PBS member in New England, and one of the smallest in the entire PBS system. Most of its viewership lives in Canada, principally in Montreal, a city which is ten times larger than the entire population of VPT's American viewing area. It relies heavily on its Canadian viewership for its survival; most of the major stations in Vermont have lessened their reliance on Canadian revenue in recent years. VPT not only takes its large Canadian audience into account in its programming, but it accepts Canadian dollars for its fundraising efforts even though most of them are targeted toward Vermont viewers.
As is true of Vermont's population as a whole, most of VPT's viewership lives primarily in rural areas or in towns and small cities. The only major urban area that its signal reaches is Montreal.
The major stations in the Burlington/Plattsburgh market (including VPT, WCFE, WCAX-TV, WVNY, WPTZ and WFFF-TV) turned off their analog signals on February 17, 2009. For stations such as VPT, the cost of simulcasting during digital transition has been cited as an undue economic burden.
On cable, VPT can be seen on Comcast, Burlington channel 6 and Bennington channel 7, and Charter Plattsburgh channel 3. On Vidéotron's cable systems in Montreal, it can be seen on channel 59 in west Montreal, channel 6 in central and east Montreal, and channel 55 on Illico digital cable.
- Vermont Public Radio (separate ownership from Vermont Public Television)
- Vt. TV stations opt for early digital switch. Joel Banner Baird, Burlington Free Press; February 5, 2009
- TV Stations Say Digital Switch Delay Will Be Costly, Curt Nickisch, National Public Radio, Morning Edition, February 3, 2009
- Vermont Public Television web site
- TV Hat : Trivial facts about Southern QC, Upstate NY and VT stations
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WETK
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WVER
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WVTA
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WVTB
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W36AX
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W53AS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WETK-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WVER-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WVTA-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WVTB-TV