Connecticut Public Television

Connecticut Public Television
Connecticut Public Television
CPTV Logo.png
statewide Connecticut
Branding CPTV
Slogan Public Broadcasting for Connecticut
Channels Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.
Founded 1962
Call letters' meaning all stations:
W EDucational
4th letter: see table below
Former affiliations NET (1962-1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
The studio of CPTV and WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is the PBS member network for the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is owned by Connecticut Public Broadcasting, who also owns Connecticut Public Radio. Together, the television and radio stations make up the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. CPBN is the state's only locally owned media organization producing TV, radio, print and Internet content for distribution to Connecticut's wide-ranging and diverse communities.



All CPTV stations carry the same programming, featuring these subchannels:

Digital channels

Digital channel Programming
x.1 Main CPTV Programming / PBS
x.2 "CPTV4U" PBS Encore
x.3 Create

Shows produced by CPTV

CPTV is the broadcast and web streaming home of UConn Women's Basketball. The game broadcasts are the highest rated locally produced program in the PBS system.

CPTV is also the presenting station of the popular PBS children's series, Barney & Friends (until 2006, now distributed by WNET in New York), Thomas & Friends, Bob The Builder, Angelina Ballerina The Saddle Club and Toddworld.

Throughout the 1990s, M*A*S*H star Alan Alda hosted a science show called Scientific American Frontiers, based on the popular magazine Scientific American. That show was also produced by CPTV and aired nationwide.

Since 2002, CPTV has been working with HiT Entertainment, who has helped distribute some of CPTV's children's programs. Beginning in 2008, most of CPTV's kids programming (which are all of post 2002 production with HiT Entertainment) have been presented by WNET.

Some well-known programs that CPTV puts on are: Able Lives, All Things Connecticut, Behind the Wheel: Parents and Teens, Closing the Gap, Critical Call for Oral Health, Critical Condition: Focus on Connecticut, Eating CT, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop, My First Breath, Open Doors to Family Learning, Opening Doors Opening Minds, OTR: On The Record, Positively Connecticut, Power of Giving Series, Sprawl: Driven by Denial, The Impact Series, The Warming of Connecticut, Today's Children, Work Learn Live (Connecticut), Connecticut on Alert, WNPR Health Forum, Young American Heroes, A Child A Family A Future: Foster Care and Adoption in Connecticut.[1]


As of 2009, the CPTV stations are:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Fourth letter
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WEDH Hartford 24 (PSIP)
45 (UHF)
October 1, 1962 Hartford 490 kW 505 m 13602 41°42′13″N 72°49′57″W / 41.70361°N 72.8325°W / 41.70361; -72.8325 (WEDH)
WEDW Bridgeport 49 (PSIP)
49 (UHF)
December 17, 1967 Western Connecticut 170 kW 222 m 13594 41°16′44″N 73°11′8″W / 41.27889°N 73.18556°W / 41.27889; -73.18556 (WEDW)
WEDN Norwich 53 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
March 5, 1967 Norwich 4.2 kW 192 m 13607 41°31′14″N 72°10′3″W / 41.52056°N 72.1675°W / 41.52056; -72.1675 (WEDN)
WEDY New Haven 65 (PSIP)
6 (VHF)
December 1, 1974 Yale University 0.4 kW 88 m 13595 41°19′42″N 72°54′25″W / 41.32833°N 72.90694°W / 41.32833; -72.90694 (WEDY)

The network previously operated a Waterbury translator, W12BH (channel 12), but that station was taken off the air to allow WTXX to begin digital television operations.

WEDH is available in nearly all of the state on the Hartford/New Haven DirecTV and Dish Network feeds, while WEDW is available on the New York City local feeds.

WEDY in New Haven went off the air on July 31, 2005, as the result of an equipment failure. Connecticut Public Broadcasting was granted permission by the Federal Communications Commission to temporarily keep the station off-the-air until repairs were completed. CPBI also petitioned the FCC to allow WEDY's analog signal to remain off the air permanently, citing the need to use available funds on the construction of its digital facilities. WEDY resumed broadcasting, as a digital-only station, on June 13, 2009.[2]

Digital television

WEDW in Bridgeport ceased analog transmissions over channel 49 on February 17, 2009, which was the previous deadline date for U.S. television stations to end analog broadcasts. WEDW had been transmitting its digital signal over channel 52, but moved back to channel 49 for its post-transition digital broadcasts.

WEDH and WEDN continued to broadcast in both analog and digital until June 12, 2009, the new deadline date as recommended by the National Association of Broadcasters[3]

Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display virtual channels for each CPTV station corresponding to their previous analog channel numbers.

On March 16, 2011, the FCC granted WEDY its petition to move from VHF channel 6 to UHF channel 41 because of viewer reception issues and interference from both WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and WRGB in Schenectady, New York (both also operate on channel 6) after those two stations implemented recent power increases.[4]

CPBN Media Lab

The CPBN Media Lab is a Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network initiative to create 21st century journalists. In the last three years, the CPBN Media Lab provided journalism and technical training to over 500 students at all school and college levels.

The Media Lab has brought journalism and technical training to middle school students through its Future Producers Academy, and for high school students through its Media 101 and Young Entrepreneur courses in its Impact Academy.

Internships are provided to undergraduate college student, often for college credit, and for recent graduates seeking to acquire content producing skills, including interviewing, shooting, editing, and posting. The CPBN Media Lab has provided this real-world training for students from UConn, Syracuse University, Trinity College, Emerson College, University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, Penn State, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Amherst College, University of Rhode Island, Smith College, Boston College, University of Maryland and Springfield College. Current projects include two original web-based series, the Outdoor Enthusiast and (I)NTERVIEW.

The CPBN Media Lab also serves as the professional mentor for three Connecticut high schools[who?] who are participating as PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

The CPBN Media Lab has produced a series of original online productions, including Foul Play, a look into the use of metal bats in Little League baseball; Youth Vote, which documents the experiences of youth voters in recent elections; (I)NTERVIEW, a behind the scenes look into the lives of notable Connecticut celebrities; and Outdoor Enthusiast, a look into Connecticut's state parks and scenic areas that was launched to tie in with the original release of PBS's and Ken Burns' The National Parks series.

Most recently,[when?] the Media Lab competed in the Pepsi Refresh Project. Placing 235 out of over 250,000 applicants, the Media Lab's proposal was to build upon the success of the Future Producers Academy by establishing satellite media labs in three Connecticut middle schools.

Graduates of the CPBN Media Lab have gone on to Journalism school in London, the Masters of Arts in Journalism program at Hofstra University and as working reporters for the Avon Patch and the Journal Inquirer.


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