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Fort Myers/Naples, Florida
United States
Branding WINK-TV (general)
WINK News now (newscasts)
Slogan Southwest Florida's
News Leader
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels 11.1 CBS
11.2 Simulcast of 11.1
Affiliations CBS (Secondary through 1974)
Owner Fort Myers Broadcasting Company
First air date March 23, 1954; 61 years ago (1954-03-23)
Call letters' meaning "WINK" (refers to
CBS eye for affiliation)
Sister station(s) WJUA, WINK-FM, WNPL, WTLQ-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1954–2009)
9 (VHF, 2008–2011)
Former affiliations All secondary:
DuMont (1954–1955)
NBC (1954–1968)
ABC (1954–1974)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 443 m
Facility ID 22093
Transmitter coordinates 26°48′2.8″N 81°45′46.2″W / 26.800778°N 81.762833°W / 26.800778; -81.762833
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WINK-TV, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 50), is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Fort Myers, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Fort Myers Broadcasting Company. WINK's transmitter is located north of Fort Myers Shores. The station broadcasts on Comcast channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 433.


The station began broadcasting on March 23, 1954 as part of the Fort Myers Broadcasting Company. Its sister stations were WINK radio (1240 AM, now WJUA at 1200 AM; and 96.9 FM). WINK-TV was the first television station in Southwest Florida and is the fifth-oldest surviving station in the state. WINK-TV gained the only VHF license allocated to its area. It carried programming from NBC, ABC and DuMont.[citation needed]

WINK-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, at noon on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 9.[1] The station's digital signal relocated to UHF channel 50 in mid-2011[2] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.[citation needed]

WINK lost its DuMont affiliation in 1956 and its NBC programming in December 1968 but continued to share ABC programming with WBBH until August 1974. The station broadcast PBS's Sesame Street on weekday mornings until 1978.[citation needed]

On October 20, 2007, WINK-TV became the first television station in Southwest Florida to begin broadcasting in high definition. In January 2008, several programming changes were made on WINK-TV. It began airing The Early Show (which was replaced by CBS This Morning in January 2012) in its entirety after CBS began requiring all of its affiliates to air the full two-hour broadcast of the program.[citation needed]

On May 26, 2011, WINK-TV debuted an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast, one of many added on television stations around the United States on that date to replace The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended its 25-year run the day before.[3] On June 11, 2011 WINK-TV debuted a 90-minute morning newscast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.[4] WINK-TV also added a half-hour late morning newscast at 10 a.m. on September 6, 2011.[5] On September 16, 2013, WINK-TV expanded its weekday morning newscast a half-hour early to 4:30 a.m. and expanded the extension of that program on WXCW by one hour to 7 to 10 a.m.[6] In January of 2015, WINK-TV expanded the 6:30 p.m. newscast to weekends on WXCW.[7]

In August 2015, a former WINK-TV investigative reporter and weekend news anchor[8] filed a lawsuit against the station's owner, Fort Myers Broadcasting Company, alleging he was fired for refusing to participate in an illegal cover-up. [9][10][11] [12][13] A documentary film about the lawsuit titled "Code of Ethics" is currently in production.[14][15]


Syndicated programs broadcast on WINK-TV include Live! with Kelly and Michael, TMZ on TV, Castle, Inside Edition, and Rachael Ray. WINK-TV broadcasts 40 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with seven hours on weekdays, two hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays).[citation needed] WINK-TV operates two news bureaus: the Charlotte County Bureau in the Charlotte Sun newsroom in Charlotte Harbor the Collier County Bureau in Naples. The station's weather radar is located next to its studios. The Boston Red Sox have held spring training in Fort Myers since 1993, and WINK-TV shares its coverage of the team with fellow CBS station WBZ-TV in Boston.[citation needed] WINK-TV is one of two Fort Myers stations carried by Comcast in Venice and Wauchula. It is the only Southwest Florida-based station carried on Comcast's Sebring system. [16]

Notable alumni[edit]

The station's notable former staff include:

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[18]
11.1 1080i 16:9 WINK HD Main WINK-TV programming / CBS
11.2 480i 4:3 WINK D2 Simulcast of 11.1 (Letterbox)


  1. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ In Fort Myers, WINK Replacing ‘Oprah’ with Newscast, Media Bistro, April 29, 2011.
  4. ^ On the Heels of New Afternoon Newscast, WINK Prepares Weekend Expansion, Media Bistro, May 24, 2011.
  5. ^ WINK Adds 10 a.m. Newscast to Daily Programming, "Media Bistro", August 22, 2011.
  6. ^ More News on WINK... Florida NewsCenter, September 11, 2013.
  7. ^ WINK's 6:30 p.m. newscast expands to weekends on WXCW. The Changing Newscasts Blog, January 28th, 2015.
  8. ^ "Matt Dougherty - News Anchor and Investigative Reporter @newsmanmatt". Matt Dougherty - News Anchor and Investigative Reporter @newsmanmatt. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Fired News Anchor Matt Dougherty Sues CBS Station WINK News". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  10. ^ "Lawsuit: WINK reporter fired in retaliation for story". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Fired news anchor sues station over story". The News-Press. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  12. ^ "WINK Reporter Sues Station Over Firing". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  13. ^ "News-Press: Fired News Anchor Sues Station Over Story - New York Attorney Susan Chana Lask". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  14. ^ "Reporter Making Doc About Story He Says Got Him Fired". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  15. ^ "Florida Station Tries to Halt Former Reporter’s Documentary, Threatens Suit". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ Knox, Merrill (7 November 2012). "Former WINK Anchor Trey Radel Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives". Mediabistro. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  18. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WINK

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