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Connecticut Public Television
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 a statewide public television network/production company, providing PBS programming to the U.S. state of Connecticut.



All CPTV stations carry the same programming. The digital signal offers the main network, plus CPTV2 and CPTV Kids. CPTV2 rebroadcasts the Create lifestyle/human interest channel. CPTV Kids broadcasts children's programming. In addition, CPTV operates an HD channel.

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, HiT shows on 2004 Barney & Friends (until 2006, now distributed by WNET in New York), Thomas & Friends, Bob The Builder, Angelina Ballerina and the title Protocol on 2006 The Saddle Club. although Cookie Jar shows on 2005 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 going to New York PBS-affiliate WNET.


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 91 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.

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. [1].


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.[2]

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


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