|Merrimack, New Hampshire/
|City of license||Merrimack, New Hampshire|
|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 60 (PSIP)
60.2 Exitos TV
(operated by ZGS Communications)
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
|First air date||1987|
|Call letters' meaning||New
|Sister station(s)||WTMU-LP, NECN, Comcast SportsNet New England|
|Former callsigns||WGOT (1987–1998)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
60 (UHF, 1987–2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1987–1996)
inTV (1996–1998, 1999–2000)
Pax TV (1998–1999)
|Transmitter power||80 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WNEU, virtual channel 60 (UHF digital channel 34), is the Telemundo-affiliated television station serving Boston, Massachusetts, United States that is licensed to Merrimack, New Hampshire. The station is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal and operated by ZGS Communications, as a full-power relay of WTMU-LP (channel 46), primarily serving Boston's northern suburbs and southern New Hampshire. WNEU maintains studio facilities located on Main Street (near the Boston Harbor) in Charlestown, and its transmitter is located in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
The station first signed on the air in 1987 as WGOT, operating as an independent station. The call sign was derived from the so-called "Golden Triangle" region that encompasses Manchester, Nashua and Salem, New Hampshire. For a time, the station aired a primetime newscast at 10:00 p.m. that was anchored by current NHDOT spokesperson Bill Boynton. Paxson Communications purchased the station in the 1990s, and switched WGOT to a mix of infomercials and religious programming, as an affiliate of the Infomall TV Network (or inTV).
In 1998, the station changed its call sign to WPXB and subsequently became a charter owned-and-operated station of Pax TV (now Ion Television) when it launched on August 31, 1998; the station dropped Pax programming in 1999 after Paxson acquired WABU (channel 68, now WBPX-TV), due to conflicts in the immediate Boston area with WABU, and in New Hampshire itself with WNBU (channel 21, now WPXG-TV). After briefly rejoining inTV, the station switched to ValueVision in 2000, which later became ShopNBC. NBC acquired the station from Paxson in 2002 and changed its call sign to WNEU; it eventually dropped ShopNBC programming in favor of affiliating with Telemundo, via a simulcast of ZGS Broadcasting's WTMU-LP (then on channel 32; now on channel 46), which continues to this day.
During its Paxson ownership, WGOT/WPXB owned a translator in Boston, Massachusetts, W40BO (which was previously used the call letters W33AV, WRAP-LP, W54AT and W54CN). When NBC purchased channel 60, Paxson retained W40BO, which has since become a translator of WBPX-TV.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|60.1||1080i||16:9||WNEU-HD||Main WNEU programming / Telemundo|
WNEU shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 60, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 60, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNEU
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Station website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNEU
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNEU-TV