|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
5.2 The Florida Channel/Create
|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)||Analog: 5 (1958–2009)|
|Former affiliations||NET (1958–1970)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
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 noontime 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 5:00pm which airs 200+ days per year. Starting in the Spring of 2014, WUFT-TV added a 6:00pm 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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