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Gainesville, Florida
United States
Branding WUFT-TV
"Florida's 5"
Channels Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 PBS
5.2 The Florida Channel/Create
5.3 World
Affiliations PBS (since 1970)
Owner University of Florida
(Board of Trustees, University of Florida)
First air date November 17, 1958 (1958-11-17)
Call letters' meaning University of
Sister station(s) WUFT-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog: 5 (1958-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1958-1970)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 263 m
Facility ID 69440
Transmitter coordinates 29°42′35.4″N 82°23′41.1″W / 29.709833°N 82.394750°W / 29.709833; -82.394750 (WUFT)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.wuft.org/

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 1971). 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. "First at Five" (the main newscast, formerly known as "WUFT News", "Report 5" and "Evening News") is a half-hour weekday newscast at 5:00pm which airs 200+ days per year. Starting in the Spring of 2014, WUFT-TV added a 6:00pm newscast, that is also thirty minutes long.

WUFT rebranded in August 2010, calling itself "Florida's 5".

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
5.1 1080i 16:9 WUFT-HD Main WUFT programming / PBS
5.2 480i 4:3 WUFT-D2 The Florida Channel (6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday)
Create (6 p.m.-6 a.m. Monday-Friday and all day Saturdays and Sundays)
5.3 WUFT-D3 World

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WUFT discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, 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 36.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.


On the set of News 5 (note previous logo)


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