|New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Slogan||New Orleans Public Television|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 32 (PSIP)
|Owner||Educational Broadcasting Foundation
(Willwoods Community 50%/
Louisiana Educational Television Authority 50%)
|First air date||July 8, 1984|
|Call letters' meaning||LouisianA Educational Television|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
32 (UHF, 1984-2009)
|Former affiliations||PBS (1984–2013)|
|Transmitter power||200 kW|
WLAE-TV, channel 32, is a non-commercial educational, independent television station located in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. WLAE-TV is owned by the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, a partnership between the Willwoods Community (a Catholic-related organization), and the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (operators of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the PBS member for all of Louisiana outside of New Orleans).
The station's digital signal on UHF 31, is multiplexed:
|32.1||1080i||16:9||WLAEHD||Main WLAE programming|
In 1978, a group of married couples, supported by the Catholic Church, formed the Willwoods Community. They joined forces with the Louisiana Educational Television Authority, which had been looking for a way to get its locally-based programming into the state's biggest market, to obtain the other noncommercial license for New Orleans. On December 14, 1981, under the banner of the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, the partnership obtained an educational broadcast license. Finally, in July 1984, WLAE-TV signed on as a PBS member station.
As a PBS member station, WLAE-TV was a secondary member through PBS' Program Differentiation Plan, as New Orleans' primary PBS station was, and is, WYES-TV (channel 12); as a result, the station only carried 25 percent of PBS' programming. In addition to offering PBS programming, WLAE also aired, and still airs, local educational programming, as well as some programming from LPB (mostly news and public affairs). WLAE is also one of very few public television stations to show a daily Catholic Mass, live from St. Louis Cathedral; PBS tightened its restrictions regarding religious programming on member stations in 2009, though WLAE was exempted from these restrictions through a grandfather clause.
WLAE was one of at least two PBS members owned at least in part by a Catholic-related organization (KMBH in the Rio Grande Valley is the other), and one of at least three run by a religious organization in general (counting Provo, Utah's KBYU-TV).
WLAE left PBS on August 1, 2013 to increase its focus on its local programming; the station had contemplated the move since a cut in funding from the state in 2010. The station's departure from PBS resulted in PBS NewsHour only being available through WYES-TV's World subchannel until its addition to the main WYES schedule a month later; the program had aired on WLAE under a longstanding arrangement with WYES.
Following Hurricane Katrina, WLAE sustained damage to their transmitter and remained off the air to terrestrial viewers until early 2007. For the next two years, WLAE provided a direct feed to local cable systems and to DirecTV satellite customers in the New Orleans market. The analog signal was restored in January 2007 and the digital signal debuted on the air for the first time in March 2007.
- "New Orleans PDP station WLAE ends PBS membership". Current. August 2, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- Walker, Dave (July 29, 2013). "'NewsHour,' 'Charlie Rose' viewers will scramble as WLAE drops PBS affiliation". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- WLAE.com - Official Website
- The Willwoods Community
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WLAE
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WLAE-TV