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[[File:CNN Latino WBQM 51

station_slogan = Todo es Posible (general)
Que Buena Está! (DT2)|frameless]]
New York, New York
City of license New York, NY
Branding CNN Latino New York(Ch. 51.1, general)BuenaVision (Ch. 51.2)
Noticias WBQM 51 (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Affiliations 51.1 and 51.4 CNN Latino
51.2 Spanish Independent
51.3 Cornerstone Television
Owner Buenavision TV Network NY, LLC
Founded December 8, 1989
Former callsigns WBQM-LP (2004-2012)
W03BM (1998-2004)
W38CL (to 1998)
Former channel number(s) 38 (UHF) (1998), 3 (2001?-09)
Former affiliations The Box (1998-2001)
MTV2 (2001-2006)
Cornerstone Television (2006-2012)
Spanish Independent (2012-2013)
Transmitter power 1.7 kW (digital)
Height 173 meters
Facility ID 22797
Website www.CNNLatinoNY.com

WBQM-LD is a low-power Spanish independent television station licensed to New York, New York. It broadcasts on UHF channel 50. From January 2012 to November 2013, WBQM used virtual channel 3.1. The station formerly broadcast on VHF channel 3 and was previously owned by Renard Communications Corp. As of November 2013, they now use virtual channel 51. WBQM can't use its real channel of 50 as its virtual channel because of nearby New Jersey PBS station WNJN which broadcasts on Channel 51 and uses its old analog channel 50 as its virtual channel.

On August 17, 2007, Renard Communications announced that would sell WBQM-LP, along with, at that time, sister station WMBQ-CA to Equity Media Holdings for $8 million.[1] However, the transaction had a closing deadline set for June 1, 2008, and either party could cancel the sale if it were not completed by then. The sale was not consummated.[2] As of December 8, 2008 Equity Media Holdings was in chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In February 2012, Renard reached another deal to sell WBQM-LD, this time to Buenavision TV Network NY, LLC (WMBQ was sold separately several months earlier).[3]

As of February 2013 WBQM-LD joined an affiliation with CNN Latino and transmitted CNN Latino's signal on virtual channel 3.1 and 3.4, while the local Buenavision signal was on 3.2. As of November 2013 its virtual channel changed from channel 3 to channel 51, although its real channel frequency on channel 50 didn't change.

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  1. ^ http://ir.emdaholdings.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=260358 Equity Media Holdings Corporation - Equity Media Announces Acquisition of Three New York City Television Stations
  2. ^ http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Business/228628/ Equity ends newscasts; N.Y. station buy teeters
  3. ^ "New York low power TV finds a buyer". Television Business Report. February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 

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