|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.1 (PSIP)
|Owner||University of Florida
(Board of Trustees, University of Florida)
|First air date||November 17, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||University of
|Former channel number(s)||5 (VHF analog, 1958-2009)|
|Former affiliations||NET (1958-1970)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
WUFT channel 5 is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member Public television station owned by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. WUFT first signed on the air November 17, 1958; the Gainesville television market is unique in that a public television station is the market's oldest television station. (Gainesville's first commercial television station, WCJB-TV, did not sign on until the 1970s.) It serves a 16-county area which includes the cities of Gainesville and Ocala, and is also available on cable in Jacksonville.
WUFT-TV broadcasts local newscasts staffed and produced by students in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. WUFT-TV broadcasts two main newscasts, along with a variety of special reports and half-hour specials. "First Edition", currently a six-minute newscast, airs weekdays at noontime for 100 shows per year. "News 5" (the main newscast, formerly known as "WUFT News", "Report 5" and "Evening News") is a half-hour weekday newscast at 5:30pm which airs 200+ days per year.
WUFT rebranded in August 2010, calling itself "Florida's 5".
WUFT's digital channel is multiplexed:
|5.1||Main WUFT programming / PBS|
|5.2||The Florida Channel (6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Create (6:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.)
- WUFT website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WUFT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WUFT-TV
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