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|San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Branding||WIPR Television (general)
Noticias 24/7 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
|Translators||WIPM-TV 35 / Virtual: 3 (PSIP), Mayagüez|
|Affiliations||.1: independent public station
.6 WIPR Audio
|Owner||Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública
(Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation)
|First air date||January 6, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||Instrucción
|Former channel number(s)||6 (1958–2009, analog)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
WIPR-TV is a non-commercial educational, full-power public television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, transmitting over analog channel 6, digital 43. The station is owned and operated by Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública (English: Puerto Rico Corporation for Public Broadcasting). Most of its television shows on the main channel are local programming.
Because of its audience, 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 operates a semi-satellite on the island's west coast, WIPM-TV, channel 3 in Mayagüez. WIPM-TV largely repeats WIPR, but does produce some local programming. WIPM-TV transmits its digital signal on channel 35, virtual 3.
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 (the building) was dedicated to Ramón Rivero (Diplo), the most important and influential actor/comedian in the history of Puerto Rico.
It was also unique among other government-controlled broadcasters in the Caribbean as it did not show commercials. All other government-controlled broadcasters (with the exception of Cuba and the US Virgin Islands) showed advertising.
The station was one of the few TV stations in Puerto Rico with English-language programming, via a membership with PBS that allowed them to carry PBS Kids in English. 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. PBS programming remains available on Puerto Rico via WMTJ.
WIPR-TV Off the air
On December 3rd, 2015, WIPR-TV, along with WAPA-TV went off-air, due to its transmitter outage at Cerro La Santa in Cayey. This station is still watchable on Liberty Channel 6, Choice Channel 3, Dish Network Channel 6, DIRECTV Channel 166 & Claro TV Channel 6. Station was repaired and placed back on air on Tuesday December 8, 2015. Repairs were made by CPRDP's Engineering Department.
FCC spectrum auction & WIPR-TV sale
In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission announced they were going to hold a voluntary Incentive Auction for a portion of the radio frequency spectrum that is currently used by Digital Television broadcasters across the country. WIPR-TV & WIPM-TV announced they would participate in the auction, since it was estimated the stations would net somewhere in the range of between $274 & $204 Million USD, much more than it would be worth on the open market otherwise. Since that time the auction estimate has increased to somewhere between $203 & $153 Million USD, with the auction currently scheduled to take place in early 2016.
WIPR-TV 50th Anniversary
In 2008, Puerto Rico's Public Broadcasting Station, WIPR-TV, celebrated its 50 years of broadcasting with a documentary that relived some of the best and worst moments in its history.
The documentary "50 Años WIPR-Televisión", (50 Years of WIPR Television) is about 70 minutes long and reviews some of the news, entertainment programming, music and sports events that the station has presented during half a century.
WIPR-TV, today better known as the Puerto Rico's Public Broadcasting Corporation (CPRDP), or its branding, TUTV or Tu Universo Televisión, was inaugurated on January 6, 1958 under the administration of the then-current governor, Luis Muñoz Marín.
The documentary was dedicated to the actor, director and historian Ángel Rivera Vázquez, who had worked in WIPR since its beginning.
Spearheaded by Investigator Flavia García, who had been working for the previous 9 years on an investigation of the history of television, headed the production of this special along with Luis Rosario Albert and Susanne Marte.
The Corporation's President, Víctor J. Montilla, received a congratulatory resolution on behalf of the Puerto Rican Senate for the "good music, art and television" that have distinguished the channel for the past five decades.
Some of the historical moments aired include:
- The first airing on WIPR-TV, a music program with local performers
- The Casals Festival, which first aired live from the University of Puerto Rico's theater in 1961
- WIPR-TV was the first Puerto Rican station to air a live basketball game.
- The 1961 signing of a law by then-governor Roberto Sánchez Vilella that would declare WIPR-TV an official part of the Government of Puerto Rico.
- President John F. Kennedy's visit to the island.
- The pardon granted to the nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos in 1964
- The accomplishments of the former baseball player Roberto Clemente in the Major Leagues
- Puerto Rico's first Miss Universe: Marisol Malaret
- The death of three "independentista" (seekers of independence for the island) young men that were killed during by police during the ambush in Cerro Maravilla in 1978
- The Dupont Plaza Hotel arson in 1986
- The termination of 314 employees at WIPR-TV in 1990.
- The broadcasting of the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1993
- Dayanara Torres being crowned Miss Universe
- The attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001
- Two new Miss Universe title winners: Denise Quiñones (2003) and Zuleyka Rivera (2006)
- The broadcasting of the Central American and Caribbean Games Mayaguez in 2010
- The full broadcasting of the President Barack Obama visit in 2011
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. .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. The station upgraded its lighting and built new sets as part of the transition. Some artists underwent lifestyle changes, including changes in their diet, to look better in high definition. The first program to be transmitted in this format was "Contigo".
The digital signals of WIPR and WIPM are multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|6.1 / 3.1||1080i||16:9||WIPR-DT / WIPM-DT||Main WIPR-TV/WIPM-TV programming / HD|
|6.3 / 3.3||480i||4:3||KIDS TV||Kids TV Puerto Rico (Qubo)|
|6.4 / 3.4||VMe||V-me|
|6.6 / 3.6||940 AM||WIPR 940 AM (audio)|
Until 2011 when WIPR dropped its PBS membership, WIPR's Kids programming was English language PBS Kids programming, but their V-me channel carries some PBS and American Public Television programs, but in Spanish. Archivo WIPR is a classics and historic Puerto Rico programmed subchannel.
In the 1980s the station had a highly praised newscast called "Panorama Mundial" (World View), hosted by Doris Torres. In 1996, 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.
This year,[when?] 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.
In 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 channel 6.5 and 3.5.
List of original programs seen on WIPR-TV
- Así canta Puerto Rico, with Luisito Vigoreaux
- El Show de Chucho Avellanet
- Quien Sabe Mas? with Carlos Esteban Fonseca
- Ahora Podemos Hablar with Carmen Jovet
- Aqui se Habla de Todo, with Ángela Meyer y Rene Monclova
- Puertorriqueñísimo, Yoyo Boing y Yara Lasanta
- 4 Minutos con Chef Treviño with Chef Roberto Treviño
- Sefton, Dru (July 12, 2011). "Puerto Rican station drops PBS shows". Current. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
- Mariela Fullana Acosta (2008-06-23). "Festejan sus 50 años con documental" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-06-27.[dead link]
- Rosalina Marrero-Rodríguez (2008-07-01). "TUTV renovará cerca de 150 contratos" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-01.[dead link]
- "Puerto Rico's first Public TV Station celebrates 50 Years!". Hispanic Ad. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
- Mariela Fullana Acosta (2008-07-08). "TUTV inagura modernas instalaciones digitales" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-08.[dead link]
- Rosalina Marrero-Rodríguez (2008-08-09). "Estrena look de alta definición" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-08-11.[dead link]
- "Ahora sí no habrá caras perfectas" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-17.[dead link]