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WGBX logo
Boston, Massachusetts
Branding 'GBH 44
Slogan Independent, original, 'GBH 44
Channel Digital: 43 (UHF)[1]
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
Owner WGBH Educational Foundation
First air date September 25, 1967
Callsign meaning Great
EXperimental (supposedly)
(referring to WGBH-FM's transmitter, all WGBH television stations include these two letters)
Sister station(s) WGBH, WCAI, WCRB, WGBH-TV, WGBY
Former channels Analog:
44 (1967-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1967-1970)
Effective power 500 kW
Height 391 m
Facility ID 72098
Antenna coordinates 42°18′37″N 71°14′14″W / 42.31028°N 71.23722°W / 42.31028; -71.23722

WGBX-TV ('GBH 44) is a public television station located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a sister station to PBS member station WGBH-TV, airing PBS programming not aired by WGBH as well as additional supplemental programming. Reruns of the previous night's programming either from WGBH-TV or from WGBX-TV itself also makes up a part of this station's programming. On its digital signal, WGBX also carries several of PBS's digital networks.

The X in its callsign stands for "Experimental", as WGBX (more primarily in the 1970s) was home to programming that was given a trial on the smaller-audience UHF signal before possibly moving onto the more-established WGBH-TV. Such Eastern Educational Network imports from the UK as Doctor Who were seen first or more frequently on WGBX, and one late-1970s local "nightclub"-style variety show, Club 44, proved popular enough to be moved over to WGBH and retitled The Club.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
44.1 PBS
44.2 PBS World
44.3 Create
44.4 PBS Kids

WGBX terminated analog services on April 23, 2009. For the time being, WGBX is keeping the Channel 44 branding and virtual channel number, even though the actual broadcast channel being used for the digital signals is 43. RF channel 44 frequency is not currently in use in Boston.


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