|Paterson, New Jersey|
|City||Paterson, New Jersey|
|Branding||Univision 41 Nueva York (general)|
Noticias Univision 41 (newscasts)
|Slogan||La que nos Une|
(The one that unites us)
Tu gente. Tu voz.
(Your People. Your Voice.)
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)|
(shared with WFUT-DT; to move to 26 (UHF))
Virtual: 41 (PSIP)
(WXTV License Partnership, G.P.)
|First air date||August 4, 1968|
|Call letters' meaning||X = "Crossroads of the World"|
(referring to Times Square)
|Sister station(s)||WFUT-DT, WFTY-DT, WXNY-FM, WADO|
|Former channel number(s)|
|Transmitter power||300 kW|
200 kW (RF 30 CP)
70 kW (RF 26 CP)
|Height||421 m (1,381 ft)|
429 m (1,407 ft) (RF 30 CP)
437 m (1,434 ft) (RF 26 CP)
|Public license information:||Profile|
WXTV-DT, virtual channel 41 (UHF digital channel 30, now sharing with WFUT-DT; later move to 26 (UHF)), is a Univision affiliated television station, licensed to Paterson, New Jersey, and serving North Jersey and New York City. The station is owned by the Univision Television Group, along with WFUT-DT (channel 68) Newark, New Jersey and WFTY-DT (channel 67) Smithtown, New York. The stations share studios and offices on Frank W. Burr Boulevard in Teaneck, New Jersey; WXTV's transmitter is located at the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan.
WXTV's programming is simulcast on WFTY's subchannel 67.3, which serves Long Island.
WXTV first signed on the air on August 4, 1968, originally operating as an independent station, carrying programs in both English and Spanish. The station originally operated from studios at 641 Main Street in Paterson, New Jersey, but its facilities were later moved to 24 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus, New Jersey and then to current facilities in Teaneck.
In 1970, WXTV became an entirely Spanish-language station, and affiliated with the Spanish International Network, which became Univision in 1987. Since the mid-1980s, WXTV has used the slogan A su lado, an adaptation for the Hispanic market of the On Your Side campaign created by Frank Gari, and even used the similarly named news music package for a time.
The September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center did not affect WXTV's over-the-air signal, as WXTV's transmitter is located at the Empire State Building. WXTV and WCBS-TV (channel 2), who had a full-powered backup transmitter at the Empire State Building, were the only major New York City stations whose over-the-air signals were not disrupted. For a time until the other English stations could re-establish emergency transmission bases at Empire or the Armstrong Tower, WXTV's anchors reported in both languages for viewers without pay access to local English stations.
From the 1980s to 2002, WXTV operated a low-powered repeater in Philadelphia, first on channel 35 as W35AB and then on channel 28 as WXTV-LP. In 2002, Univision acquired a full-power outlet in Philadelphia, WUVP-DT, and the former WXTV-LP joined Telefutura as WFPA-CD.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|41.1||1080i||16:9||WXTV-DT||Main WXTV-DT programming / Univision|
WXTV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 41, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 40, using PSIP to display WXTV's virtual channel as 41 on digital television receivers.
WXTV-DT presently broadcasts 17 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with three hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); in addition, the station produces an hour-long extension of its morning newscast Noticias 41 Al Despertar en UniMás for sister station WFUT which airs weekdays at 7:00 a.m. and the 15-minute sports highlight program Accion Deportiva 41, which airs Sunday nights at 11:15 p.m. as part of the 11 p.m. newscast. WXTV also maintains news partnerships with CNN en Español, the Dominican Republic's Noticias SIN, Peru's America Television, and Mexico's Enlace Publica and utilizes the reporting staff of sister radio station WADO (1280 AM) for on-air reports.
The 6 and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts tend to be pre-empted by Univision programming that runs longer than it is scheduled to air (which is rare for the primetime schedule, unless a football (soccer) match airs). In the event that there is a technical fault occurring during either of WXTV's weekday newscasts, WXTV will cut to Univision's satellite feed until it is able to rejoin the East Coast feed for the national Univision news bulletins. Univision's satellite feed features Primer Impacto Extra from 6–6:30 and 11–11:30 p.m. for stations that do not have local newscasts.
WXTV is known for having newscasts whose ratings frequently rival its English-language counterparts. From 1972 until 2013, the station's lead news anchor was Cuban-born Rafael Pineda; his 41 years at channel 41 gave him the distinction of being the longest-serving news anchor on a New York City television station, English or Spanish, until Chuck Scarborough of WNBC surpassed him in 2016.
WXTV won the July 2008 sweeps period and also became the first Spanish-language television station to win all three evening slots (local newscasts and 6 and 11 and the national news at 6:30 p.m.). WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast was also #1 among the 25-54 demographic, followed by WABC-TV (channel 7), WCBS-TV, WNJU (channel 47), WNYW (channel 5) and WNBC (channel 4). On June 22, 2010, WXTV-DT became the first Spanish-language television station in the New York City market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.
On January 5, 2012, it was announced that WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast ended the 2011 calendar year as #1 newscast in that timeslot in the entire United States among adult demographics. WXTV outperformed all early evening local newscasts in the country, regardless of language among Adults 18-49. On May 7, 2012 beginning with WXTV's 6 p.m. newscast, the station's moved its newscasts to a temporary set and announced on the next day (May 8) on their morning newscast that WXTV was constructing a new set to debut on July 23. On May 2, 2012, WXTV's weeknight 11 p.m. newscast was extended by five minutes to 11:35 p.m. (expanding to 35 minutes in length), while the weekend late newscasts continued to run for a half-hour from 11 to 11:30 p.m.
Notable current on-air staff
- Adriana Vargas – weeknights anchor
- Rafael Bello – weekdays meteorologist and entertainment anchor
- Salvador Cruz – Sports anchor
- Alex Roland – general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- "Digital TV Market Listing for WXTV-DT". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- CDBS Print
- Univision's WXTV N.Y. Claiming Weekday Newscast Victory
- WXTV ends the calendar year at #1 at 6pm