|Slogan||Tune in. Find out.|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||PBS (since 1970)|
|First air date||September 10, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||Jacksonville
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||NET (1958-1970)|
|Transmitter power||18 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WJCT is a community-supported PBS member station serving Jacksonville, Florida, broadcasting on digital channel 7. Its studio is located near Jacksonville's Sports Complex and adjacent to Metropolitan Park.
WJCT's television lineup offers programming from PBS and other programming services, including BBC, American Public Television and NETA. WJCT also produces and broadcasts local news, public affairs programs and documentaries.
On April 6, 2009, WJCT shut off its analog transmission. The previous digital signal broadcast on channel 38 was moved over to channel 7.
Today in the Legislature
In 1973, "Florida Public Broadcasting" (FPB), a joint venture between WJCT-TV (Jackonville) and WFSU-TV (Tallahassee), under the aegis of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, began program coverage of the Florida Legislature, which was transmitted to and broadcast by the eight affiliated PBS television stations in Florida, from a mobile facility located on the grounds of the State Capitol. The program was called Today in the Legislature, and was the first of its kind in the United States, preceding Legislative programs in other states, and U.S. Congressional coverage by C-SPAN.
Reaction to the first year of Today in the Legislature was positive. The state legislature dedicated funds to expand the program, managed exclusively by WJCT-TV. Production facilities were moved inside the (old) Capitol building, with engineering and studio facilities constructed on the third floor. The first broadcast from the new facility was on April 2, 1974. Today In The Legislature became a 60 minute program produced Monday through Friday during the legislative session, with a one-hour Spanish language summary, Hoy en la Legislatura produced on Fridays. There was also a sign language program during this period. On air talent was provided by veteran broadcaster Jim Lewis, with additional commentary by Elizabeth "Bib" Willis. Research, engineering, and production crews were composed chiefly of recent graduates from the FSU department of communications, now Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts, nearly all under the age of 25, including Producer Elliott C. Mitchell, Director John P. Leu, and future Georgia Legislator Chesley V. Morton, as still photographer and cameraman. Today in the Legislature was described as a "unique blend of television of record and more conventional news coverage." A research study concluded that Today in the Legislature generated more positive attitudes about the legislature and increased political knowledge in adolescents who viewed the broadcast, although only 12% found the programming to be "interesting".
|7.1||720p||16:9||Main WJCT programming / PBS|
|7.4||WJCT More! (6pm-6am)
The Florida Channel (6am-6pm)
WJCT previously operated a fifth subchannel, consisting of Florida Knowledge Network (weekdays, 6AM to 6PM) and "WJCT Informational" (6PM to 6AM weekdays, all day weekends); this service was discontinued July 1, 2011 following the closure of the Florida Knowledge Network.
- | "Today in the Legislature" A Florida Story. David J. LeRoy, C. Edward Wotring, Jack Lyle. Journal of Communication. Volume 24, Issue 3. p.92-98 Sept 1974
- | Reaction and Evaluation of "Today in the Legislature" by Legislators, Capital Press and the Public. Authors David C. LeRoy and C. Edward Wotring
- | American Bar Association Journal. Volume 60, p.1585. December, 1974
- | Public Television and Political Socialization; A Field Experiment on the Impact of a Public Television Series on the Political Knowledge, Attitudes and Communication Behaviors of Adolescents. Authors: Charles K. Atkin and Bradley S. Greenberg
- WJCT's website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WJCT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WJCT-TV