|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||PBS (since 1970)|
|Owner||University of Florida
(Board of Trustees, University of Florida)
|First air date||November 17, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||University of
|Former channel number(s)||5 (VHF analog, 1958–2009)|
|Former affiliations||NET (1958–1970)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||263 m (863 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WUFT, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 36), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Gainesville, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the University of Florida.
WUFT first signed on the air November 17, 1958 as the third educational television station in Florida. Gainesville is unique in that a public television station is the market's oldest television station (Gainesville's first commercial television station, WCJB-TV, did not sign on until 1971). It serves 16 counties in north-central Florida. For decades, it has also been available on cable in Jacksonville.
WUFT-TV broadcasts local newscasts staffed and produced by students in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. WUFT-TV broadcasts two main newscasts, along with a variety of special reports and half-hour specials. First Edition, currently a six-minute newscast, airs weekdays at noon for 100 shows per year. First at Five (the main newscast, formerly known as WUFT News, Report 5 and Evening News) is a half-hour weekday newscast at 5 p.m. which airs 200+ days per year. Starting in the Spring of 2014, WUFT-TV added a 6 p.m. newscast, that is also thirty minutes long.
WUFT rebranded in August 2010, calling itself "Florida's 5".
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||WUFT-HD||Main WUFT programming / PBS|
|5.2||480i||4:3||WUFT-D2||The Florida Channel (6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday)
Create (6 p.m.-6 a.m. Monday-Friday and all day Saturdays and Sundays)
WUFT discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, 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 36. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WUFT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- WUFT website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WUFT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WUFT-TV
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