|Paterson, New Jersey-New York City, New York
|City of license||Paterson, New Jersey|
|Branding||Univision 41 Nueva York|
|Slogan||A Su Lado
(On Your Side)
|Channels||Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 41 (PSIP)
(WXTV License Partnership, GP)
|First air date||August 4, 1968|
|Sister station(s)||WADO, WFUT-DT, WXNY-FM|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
41 (UHF, 1968–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1968–1970)
|Transmitter power||300 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WXTV-DT, virtual channel 41 (UHF digital channel 40), is a Univisión owned-and-operated television station serving New York City, New York, United States and licensed to Paterson, New Jersey, which serves as the East Coast flagship station of the network. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Newark-based UniMás owned-and-operated station WFUT-DT (channel 68). The two stations share studios located on 3rd Avenue in the Murray Hill district of Manhattan, WXTV's transmitter is located atop the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan.
WXTV first signed on the air on August 4, 1968, originally operating as an independent station, carrying programs in both English and Spanish. The station originally operated from studios located at 641 Main Street in Paterson, New Jersey. The station's studio facilities were later moved to 24 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus and then to its current facilities in Teaneck.
In 1970, WXTV became an entirely Spanish-language station, and affiliated with the Spanish International Network, which became Univision in 1987. Since the mid-1980s, WXTV has used the slogan A su lado, an adaptation for the Hispanic market of the campaign On Your Side created by Frank Gari, and even used the similarly named news music package for a time.
The September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center did not affect WXTV's over-the-air signal, as WXTV's transmitter has always been based at the Empire State Building. WXTV and WCBS-TV (channel 2), who had a full-powered backup transmitter at the Empire State Building, were the only major New York City stations whose over-the-air signals were not disrupted. In fact, channel 41's news anchors gave information and updates in English as well as Spanish on the attacks, for the benefit of non-cable viewers that lost access to the stations with transmitters at the WTC.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|41.2||480i||4:3||WFUT-DT||Simulcast of WFUT|
WXTV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 41, 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 40. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 41.
WXTV-DT presently broadcasts 17 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with three hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); in addition, the station produces an hour-long extension of its morning newscast Noticias 41 Al Despertar en UniMás for sister station WFUT which airs weekdays at 7:00 a.m. and the 15-minute sports highlight program Accion Deportiva 41, which airs Sunday nights at 11:15 p.m. as part of the 11 p.m. newscast. WXTV also maintains news partnerships with CNN en Espanol, Dominican Republic's Noticias SIN, Peru's America Television, and Mexico's Enlace Publica and utilizes the reporting staff of sister radio station WADO (1280 AM) for on-air reports.
The 6 and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts tend to be pre-empted by Univision programming that runs longer than it is scheduled to air (which is rare for the primetime schedule, unless a football (soccer) match airs). It also should be noted, that in the event that there is a technical fault occurring during either of WXTV's weekday newscasts, WXTV will cut to Univision's satellite feed until it is able to rejoin the East Coast feed for the national Univision news bulletins. Univision's satellite feed features "Primer Impacto Extra" during from 6-6:30 and 11-11:30 p.m. for stations that do not have local newscasts.
WXTV is known for having newscasts whose ratings frequently rival its English-language counterparts. The station's lead news anchor, Cuban-born Rafael Pineda, has been with the station in that position since 1972. This gives him the distinction of being the longest-serving news anchor on a New York City television station, English or Spanish.
WXTV won the July 2008 sweeps period and also became the first Spanish-language television station to win all three evening slots (local newscasts and 6 and 11 and the national news at 6:30 p.m.). WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast was also #1 among the 25-54 demographic, followed by WABC-TV (channel 7), WCBS-TV, WNJU (channel 47), WNYW (channel 5) and WNBC (channel 4). On June 22, 2010, WXTV-DT became the first Spanish-language television station in the New York City market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.
On January 5, 2012, it was announced that WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast ended the 2011 calendar year as #1 newscast in that timeslot in the entire United States among adult demographics. WXTV outperformed all early evening local newscasts in the country, regardless of language among Adults 18-49. On May 7, 2012 beginning with WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast, the station's moved its newscasts to a temporary set and announced on the next day (May 8) on their morning newscast that WXTV was constructing a new set to debut on July 23. On May 2, 2012, WXTV's weeknight 11 p.m. newscast was extended by five minutes to 11:35 p.m. (expanding to 35 minutes in length) while the weekend late newscasts would continue to run for a half-hour from 11 to 11:30 p.m.
- Merijoel Duran - weekday mornings on Noticias 41 Al Despertar (5:00-7:00 on WXTV and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WFUT)
- Rafael Pineda - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Victor Javier Solano - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also substitute anchor
- Enrique Teuteló - weekday mornings on Noticias 41 Al Despertar (5:00-7:00 on WXTV and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WFUT)
- Adriana Vargas - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- TBD - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter and substitute anchor
- Weather team
- Nilda Rosario - lead meteologist; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Carina Garcia - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Shirley Ponce - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Noticias 41 Al Despertar (5:00-7:00 on WXTV and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WFUT); also traffic anchor
- Lillian Ayende - fill-in meteorologist
- Sports team
- Salvador Cruz Umanzor - sports anchor; weekday mornings on Noticias 41 Al Despertar (5:00-7:00 on WXTV and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WFUT); weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also host of Accion Deportiva
- Jose Roig - lead sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Wilfredo Campos - fill-in anchor
- Berenice Gartner - general assignment reporter
- Roberto Lacayo - general assignment reporter
- Ana Ledo - general assignment reporter
- Alex Roland - general assignment reporter
- Mariela Salgado - general assignment reporter
- Wanda Silva - general assignment reporter
- Rolman Vergara - general assignment reporter
- Siria Gastelum - Univision Mexico City correspondent
- Felipe Arias - Univision Bogota correspondent
- Fernando Pizarro - Univision Washington D.C correspondent
- Esperanza Ceballos - Univision Dominican Republic correspondent
Notable former on-air staff
- Arly Alfaro
- Miriam Ayala
- Peggy Carranza
- Sofia La Chapel
- Antonio Martinez
- Denisse Oller
- Sandra O'Neill
- Jack Rico
- Birmania Rios
- Sol Sostre
- Luis Velasco
- Carlos Cabrera
- Univision.com >> Uniclave: Nueva York
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WXTV