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Vermont Public Television
Vermont Public TV image.png
statewide Vermont
Channels Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Vermont ETV, Inc.
First air date October 16, 1967
Call letters’ meaning see table below
Former affiliations NET (1967-1970)
Transmitter Power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter Coordinates see table below
Website www.vpt.org

Vermont Public Television (VPT) is a network of public television stations throughout the state of Vermont, affiliated with PBS. It has been operational since October 16, 1967. Until 1997, it was known as Vermont Educational Television, or Vermont ETV (which is still the network's corporate name).

VPT's studios and offices are in Colchester, near Burlington.

Contents

Transmitters

Station City of license Broadcast
Channel
Virtual
Channel
First air date Call letters’
meaning
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WETK Burlington 32 (UHF) 33 October 16, 1967 Educational
Television
90 kW 830 m 69944 44°31′32″N 72°48′51″W / 44.52556°N 72.81417°W / 44.52556; -72.81417 (WETK)
WVER Rutland 9 (VHF) 28 March 18, 1968 VERmont 15 kW 385 m 69946 43°39′31″N 73°6′25″W / 43.65861°N 73.10694°W / 43.65861; -73.10694 (WVER)
WVTB St. Johnsbury 18 (UHF) 20 February 26, 1968 VT = postal
abbreviation
of Vermont
B for Burke Mtn.
Transmitter Site
75 kW 590 m 69940 44°34′16″N 71°53′39″W / 44.57111°N 71.89417°W / 44.57111; -71.89417 (WVTB)
WVTA Windsor 24 (UHF) 41 March 18, 1968 VT = postal
abbreviation
of Vermont
A for Ascutney Mtn.
Transmitter Site
55.7 kW 692 m 69943 43°26′14.7″N 72°27′7.7″W / 43.437417°N 72.452139°W / 43.437417; -72.452139 (WVTA)

VPT is also relayed on analog translators W36AX in Manchester and W53AS in Bennington.

Digital Television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
xx.1 VPT HD
xx.2 Simulcast of VPT in SD
xx.3 Create
xx.4 PBS World

"xx" = virtual channel number

Broadcast area

Vermont Public Television's broadcast signal reaches throughout Vermont and into bordering regions of New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and southern Quebec, including Montreal.

On cable, VPT can be seen on Comcast, Burlington channel 6 and Bennington channel 7, and Charter Plattsburgh channel 3. On Vidéotron, it can be seen on channel 59 in west Montreal, channel 6 in central and east Montreal, and channel 55 on Illico digital cable.

Some VPT-produced programs can also be seen on WGBY-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Fundraising

Although VPT fund-raising events target primarily Vermont viewers, they also target VPT's large viewing audience in Canada and accept Canadian dollars. A significant percentage of VPT's members live in Canada.

VPT's viewership lives primarily in rural areas or in towns and small cities. The only major urban area that its signal reaches is Montreal, a city which is more than ten times larger than the entire population of VPT's American viewing area.

VPT shares much of its most valuable market (the Champlain Valley in Vermont and New York as well as the southern Quebec and Montreal area) with Plattsburgh, New York-based WCFE.

On January 19, 2009, VPT would make cuts due to the bad economy. The first cut made at the station was to stop producing new episodes of the popular show "Profile", hosted by Fran Stoddard. The show was in its eighth season, and it is unknown if VPT will produce the show again in the future. VPT will show reruns of "Profile" for now.

The major stations in the Burlington/Plattsburgh market (including VPT, WCFE, WCAX-TV, WVNY, WCFE-TV, WPTZ and WFFF-TV) turned off their analog signals on February 17, 2009 and are now broadcasting solely in digital.[1] For stations such as VPT, the cost of simulcasting during digital transition has been cited as an undue economic burden.[2]

References

  1. ^ Vt. TV stations opt for early digital switch, Joel Banner Baird • Burlington Free Press • February 5, 2009
  2. ^ TV Stations Say Digital Switch Delay Will Be Costly, Curt Nickisch, National Public Radio, Morning Edition, February 3, 2009

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