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|Newport/Providence, Rhode Island/|
New Bedford, Massachusetts
|City||Newport, Rhode Island|
|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)|
(shared with WLWC and WRIW-CD)
|Affiliations||69.1: Ion (O&O)|
69.4: Bounce TV
69.5: Defy TV
(a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company)
(Ion Television License, LLC)
First air date
|April 2, 1992|
(in Block Island, Rhode Island; license moved to Newport in 2018)
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
69 (UHF, 1992–2009)
Qubo (until 2021)
Ion Shop (until 2021)
Call sign meaning
|PX = Pax|
|HAAT||228 m (748 ft)|
Public license information
WPXQ-TV, virtual channel 69 (UHF digital channel 17), is an Ion owned-and-operated television station serving Providence, Rhode Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States that is licensed to Newport, Rhode Island. The station is owned by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. WPXQ-TV shares transmitter facilities with former sister station WLWC (channel 28) on Champlin Hill in Hopkinton, Rhode Island.
The FCC was persuaded to allocate channel 69 (WPXQ's original analog frequency) to Block Island by Ted Robinson, an island resident, who claimed during the allocation filing process in 1984–85 that an independent TV station providing niche programming from there would serve the public interest better. Robinson subsequently ran into local opposition to tower siting, and sold out his interest to Ray Yorke, who obtained the initial construction permit. The station began broadcasting a few hours of old movies daily in 1992 using the callsign WOST-TV (meaning Ocean State Television, the original owners). By 1996, the station was owned by Paxson Communications, which had implemented their infomercials (via their inTV network) and religious programming. The station became WPXQ in 1998, and in August of that year began to run programming from the Pax TV network (later i: Independent Television; now Ion Television).
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|69.5||Defy TV||Defy TV|
WPXQ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 69, 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 17, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 69, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
- WPXQ-TV Petition for Rule Making Nov 2017
- "Amendment of Section 73.622(i) Digital Television Broadcast Stations (Block Island and Newport, Rhode Island)" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
- This cable company ceased operations on October 31, 2006. Since then, there has been no cable television service on the island. See: 
- RabbitEars TV Query for WPXQ
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.