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New Orleans, Louisiana
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Subchannels 49.1 WPXL / ion HD
49.2 qubo
49.3 ion life
Affiliations ion
qubo (DT2)
ion life (DT3)
Owner ION Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media New Orleans License, Inc.)
First air date March 19, 1989
Call letters' meaning PaX Louisiana
Former callsigns WCCL (1989-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
49 (UHF, 1989-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1989-1990)
silent (1990-1994)
HSN (1994-1998)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 272 m
Facility ID 21729
Transmitter coordinates 29°55′13.1″N 90°1′28.6″W / 29.920306°N 90.024611°W / 29.920306; -90.024611
Website www.ionline.tv

WPXL-TV is the local Ion Television (formerly Pax TV and i) affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana, owned by Ion Media Networks. It broadcasts on virtual channel 49.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal on UHF 50, is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Name Programming
49.1 720p 16:9 ION Main WPXL programming / ion
49.2 480i 4:3 qubo qubo
49.3 IONLife ion life
49.4 ShopTV Shop TV
49.5 QVC QVC

On June 12, 2009, WPXL ceased analog broadcasting on channel 49 and continued broadcasting its digital signal on channel 50, completing its analog to digital transition. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WPXL-TV's virtual channel as "49".


The station was formerly WCCL, an independent station. The station went silent from the spring of 1990 until May 25, 1994, where it was returned to the air by Flinn Broadcasting Corporation. Before Pax TV was born, the station carried Home Shopping Network programming.

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

After Hurricane Katrina until the end of 2005, WPXL simulcasted NBC affiliate WDSU (channel 6), whose transmitter building in Chalmette, Louisiana was flooded out during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The station also added the signals for The Worship Network, also local Tribune stations WGNO (Channel 26, ABC) and WNOL (Channel 38, CW) to their digital multicasting channels for those in the New Orleans area that could receive digital television signals. On March 29, 2008, WPXL was finally able to launch qubo programming on channel 49-2 and Ion Life programming on 49-3, which each launched a year and a half after Katrina, as WGNO and WNOL had moved their digital transmissions to WNOL's UHF channel 15.


In mid-August 2007, Ion announced that it would be purchasing WPXL and WPXX in Memphis outright from Flinn Broadcasting for $18 million.[1] The sale was completed on January 2, 2008.[2]

Worship Network[edit]

The Worship Network, which had been broadcasting on digital subchannel 49-4, was removed from all Ion-owned stations including WPXL, on February 1, 2010.


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