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BrandingWIPR Television (general)
Notiséis 360 (newscasts)
Kids TV Puerto Rico (on DT3)
Affiliations6.1: Educational Independent
6.3: Kids TV
Founded1958; 66 years ago (1958)
First air date
January 6, 1958; 66 years ago (January 6, 1958)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 6 (VHF, 1958–2009)
  • Digital: 55 (UHF, 2003–2009)
  • 43 (UHF, 2009–2018)
Call sign meaning
"Wonderful Island of Puerto Rico"
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
Facility ID53859
ERP800 kW
1 kW (DTS)
250 kW (STA)
HAAT841 m (2,759 ft)
Transmitter coordinates18°6′35″N 66°3′4″W / 18.10972°N 66.05111°W / 18.10972; -66.05111
Translator(s)WSTE-DT 7.2 Ponce/San Juan
Public license information
Satellite station
Affiliations3.1: Educational Independent
3.3: Kids TV
  • Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública
  • (Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation)
Founded1961; 63 years ago (1961)
First air date
April 28, 1961; 62 years ago (April 28, 1961)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 3 (VHF, 1961–2009)
  • Digital: 35 (UHF, 2003-2018)
  • Analog/DT1:
  • NET (1961–1970)
  • PBS (1970–2011 & 2022)[1]
  • V-Me (2009–2017)
Call sign meaning
WIPR Mayagüez
Technical information[3]
Facility ID53863
ERP585 kW
HAAT881 m (2,890 ft)
Transmitter coordinates18°8′53.1″N 66°58′58.6″W / 18.148083°N 66.982944°W / 18.148083; -66.982944
Public license information

WIPR-TV (channel 6) is a non-commercial educational public television station in San Juan, Puerto Rico, owned by the Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública (English: Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation). Most of the channel's content is local programming. WIPR-TV's studios are located on Hostos Avenue in Hato Rey. Its transmitter is located at Cerro La Santa in Cayey near the Bosque Estatal de Carite mountain reserve.

Much of WIPR's programming is in Spanish, as with most Puerto Rico television stations. The station is branded as WIPR Television. Previously, the station was branded as Teve 6 / Teve 3, TUTV - Tu Universo Televisión, and Puerto Rico TV.

WIPR-TV also operates a semi-satellite on the island's west coast, WIPM-TV (channel 3) in Mayagüez. WIPM-TV's transmitter is located atop Monte del Estado in Maricao.


WIPR-TV was created as a result of lobbying for public broadcasting in Puerto Rico, beginning in the 1950s. The station went on the air for the first time on Three Kings Day (January 6), 1958, becoming the first educational television station in Latin America, and the facilities were dedicated in memory of revered Borinquen entertainer Ramón Rivero (Diplo). It was also the first non-commercial station in the Caribbean, and the first to stream on the Internet.

The station was one of the few TV stations in Puerto Rico with English-language programming as part of their PBS membership and also carried PBS Kids programming. This ended on July 1, 2011, after WIPR and PBS failed to reach an agreement to renew the station's membership, with money previously allocated to PBS membership dues being invested in the station's local programming. WMTJ then became the island's only PBS station.[1]

On April 26, 2022, WIPR-TV officially rejoined PBS after ten years as an educational independent station and returned to being Puerto Rico's primary PBS member station.[4]


WIPR-TV shows local programming as well as PBS programming, including educational, children's, and human interest shows.

Notiséis 360

In the 1980s the station had a popular newscast called Panorama Mundial ("World View"), hosted by Doris Torres. In 1995, WIPR launched a newscast branded as Noti-Seis or "News Six". The newscast was first anchored by Pedro Luis García and Gloria Soltero and only had a 6:00 PM edition. Later that year, the station premiered a 9:00 PM edition anchored by the same 6:00 PM team.

In 2002, a new news format was created with a local newscast (TUTV Informa) and an international newscast (TUTV Internacional); the newscasts were anchored by Gloria Soltero and David Reyes. TUTV also produced a weekly in-depth newscast on Sundays, called TUTV Analiza.

TUTV's programming received various awards. Locally, En Todas was awarded by the American Heart Association. Five productions received Emmy Award nominations and one of TUTV's producers received an Emmy in the Entertainment Program category.

On August 31, 2009, when TUTV was rebranded as "Puerto Rico TV", its news department was relaunched as Noticias 24/7; around this time, WIPR introduced a 24-hour news channel of the same name on channels 6.5 and 3.5.

On September 26, 2018, Noticias 24/7 was rebranded as Notiséis 360.

List of original programs seen on WIPR-TV

  • Aquí Estamos with Shanira Blanco[5]
  • Estudio Actoral with Dean Zayas
  • El Show De Chucho Avellanet
  • Noches de Ayer with Tommy Muñiz
  • Días de Cine with Edgardo Huertas
  • En la Cancha with Tony Lebrón and Jerry González
  • Esto lo hago Yo with Douglas Candelario
  • Medios Sociales with Yizette Cifredo
  • Sábados Sinfonicos
  • Notiséis Especial
  • Los Más Buscados
  • Detrás del Fotógrafo
  • Alianza al Día
  • Música para Tus Oidos with Hermes Croatto
  • Animaleando with Nynah
  • Te Cuento lo que Leí
  • Prohibido Olvidar
  • Al Máximo con Geraldine
  • Agenda Puerto Rico
  • Impulso del Oeste
  • En La Punta de la Lengua
  • Travesías con Sabor
  • Prohibido Olvidar

Technical information

The digital signals of WIPR and WIPM are multiplexed:

Subchannels of WIPR-TV[6] and WIPM-TV[7]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
6.1 3.1 1080i 16:9 WIPR-HD WIPM-HD Main WIPR-TV programming
6.3 3.3 720p KIDS HD Kids TV Puerto Rico

Digital and high definition

WIPR-TV, the island's first public television station, also became the first in the evolution to digital and high definition.[8]

On July 7, 2008, President Víctor J. Montilla (now, Executive VP & general manager of New Channels at WORA-TV) held a press conference at the station, where he inaugurated WIPR-TV's high-definition facilities. TUTV became the first station in Puerto Rico to produce and broadcast in high-definition format.[9] The station upgraded its lighting and built new sets as part of the transition.[10] The first program to be transmitted in this format was Contigo.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Sefton, Dru (July 12, 2011). "Puerto Rican station drops PBS shows". Current. Archived from the original on February 13, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WIPR-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WIPM-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  4. ^ "PBS Welcomes New Member Station, WIPR Puerto Rico". PBS. April 26, 2022. Archived from the original on May 23, 2022. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  5. ^ "Comienza nueva temporada de ¡Aquí Estamos! por WIPR • WIPR" (in Spanish). October 10, 2019. Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WIPR". RabbitEars.info. Archived from the original on January 29, 2023. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  7. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WIPM". RabbitEars.info. Archived from the original on January 29, 2023. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  8. ^ "Puerto Rico's first Public TV Station celebrates 50 Years!". Hispanic Ad. July 11, 2008. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  9. ^ Mariela Fullana Acosta (July 8, 2008). "TUTV inagura modernas instalaciones digitales". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  10. ^ Rosalina Marrero-Rodríguez (August 9, 2008). "Estrena look de alta definición". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  11. ^ "Ahora sí no habrá caras perfectas". Primera Hora (in Spanish). August 13, 2008. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2008.

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