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WFTT-DT
WFTT logo
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
Branding TeleFutura 50
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Affiliations TeleFutura
Owner Univision Communications, Inc.
(managed by Entravision Communications Corporation)
(TeleFutura Tampa, LLC)
First air date 1988[1]
Call letters’ meaning TeleFuTura Tampa
Sister station(s) WVEA-TV
Former callsigns WBHS (1988-1992)
WBHS-TV (1992-2001)
WFTT (2001-2003)
WFTT-TV (2004-2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
50 (1988-2009)
Former affiliations HSN (1988-2002)
Transmitter Power 500 kW (digital)
Height 317 m (digital)
Facility ID 60559
Transmitter Coordinates 27°50′32″N 82°15′45″W / 27.84222°N 82.2625°W / 27.84222; -82.2625
Website TeleFutura

WFTT-DT is the Telefutura affiliate for Tampa Bay, owned by Univision and operated by Entravision, owners of WVEA-TV. The station, which broadcasts on UHF channel 50 (digital 47), is based at WVEA's studios on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, and transmits from Riverview.

WFTT can be seen on cable throughout the Bay Area on Bright House channel 5, and on Comcast in Sarasota County on channel 23.

History

WFTT signed on in 1988 as WBHS, the flagship station of the Home Shopping Network, running its programming 24 hours a day. HSN programming was supplemented with locally produced public affairs and human interest briefs for four and a half minutes each hour, which exceeded the number of hours independent stations provided local programming (over 12 broadcast hours a week, counting repeats). Sundays were devoted to required children's programming, including 1970s shows like "New Zoo Revue", to expose them to a younger audience.

WBHS's original owner was HSN's broadcasting arm Silver King Broadcasting. In 1993, Barry Diller and Universal acquired HSN, renaming it USA Broadcasting. USA originally had plans for a new chain of independents on these stations, but the idea didn't expand farther than Miami, Atlanta, Dallas and Boston. WBHS remained an HSN station until January 14, 2002.

In 2002, Univision bolstered its audience and launched a new second Spanish network, Telefutura, through the acquisition of USA's stations. With Univsion already on WVEA, channel 50 became a Telefutura affiliate, with new calls WFTT.

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References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 1, while the Television and Cable Factbook says March 1.

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