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WIPR-TV
WIPR - Puerto Rico TV
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Branding TUTV es ahora Puerto Rico TV (PRTV)
(TUTV is now Puerto Rico TV)
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 PBS
6.2 Create
6.3 KidsTV PR
6.4 V-me
6.5 PBS HD
Translators WIPM-TV 3.1 Mayagüez
Owner Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública
(Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation)
First air date January 6, 1958
Call letters’ meaning Instrucción
Pública
Radio-Televisión
Former channel number(s) 6 (1958-2009, analog)
Former affiliations NET (1958-1970)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 776 m
Class Full service
Facility ID 53859
Transmitter Coordinates 18°6′35″N 66°3′4″W / 18.10972°N 66.05111°W / 18.10972; -66.05111
Website Puerto Rico TV

WIPR-TV is an educational, full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over analog channel 6, digital 43. The station is owned and operated by Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública (English: Puerto Rico Corporation for Public Broadcasting) and is a member of PBS.

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History

WIPR-TV was created as a result of lobbying for public broadcasting in Puerto Rico, beginning in the 1950s. The station went on the air for the first time in 1958 becoming the first educational television station in Latin America.

Because of its audience, much of WIPR's programming is in Spanish, with local programming or Spanish dubs or subtitles of English PBS programming. The station is branded as TUTV - Tu Universo Televisión. During the 1990s, the station was branded as Teve 6 / Teve 3.

It was also unique among other government-controlled broadcasters in the Caribbean as it did not show commercials. All other government-controlled broadcasters (with the exception of Cuba and the US Virgin Islands) showed commercials.

The station was and still remains as one of the few TV stations in Puerto Rico with English-language programming.

In 1996, WIPR-TV was the first Puerto Rican television station that would broadcast their programs via the internet. WIPR-TV has a sister TV station, also owned by the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation, at the island west Coast: WIPM-TV, channel 3 in Mayagüez. WIPM-TV, though mostly a repeater, does produce some local programming.WIPM-TV transmit its digital signal on channel 35.

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Administration

General Administrators for Radio and Television Services under the Department of Education

  • Rafael Delgado Márquez (1958-1961)
  • Jack Delano (1961-1968)
  • Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero (1969) (6 months)
  • Elsie Calero (1970-1972)
  • José Buitrago (Radio)
  • José M. García (1973-1975)
  • Alberto Cordero Albino (1975-1977)
  • Manuel Collazo (1977) (acting)
  • Elsie Calero (1977-1981)
  • Héctor Suárez (1981) (acting)
  • Jorge Inserni (1981-1983)
  • Sigfredo Quiñones
  • Agustín Mercado (1985-1988)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS/PRESIDENTS (CPRDP)

  • Carmen Junco (1988-1990)
  • Dr. Pedro González Ramos (1990-1991)
  • Eduardo Rivero Albino (1991-1993)
  • Jorge Inserni (1993-2001)
  • Linda Hernández (2001-2004)
  • Yolanda Zavala (2004-2005)
  • Víctor J. Montilla (2005- 2009)
  • Ray Cruz (2009-Present)

WIPR-TV 50th Anniversary

The channel celebrated their 50th anniversary by producing a documentary focusing on their history.[1] On July 1, 2008, TuTv renewed 150 contracts.[2]

In 2008, Puerto Rico’s Public Broadcasting Station, WIPR-TV, celebrated it’s 50 years of broadcasting with a documentary that relived its best and worst moments in history.

The documentary "50 años WIPR-Televisión", (50 years of WIPR Television) is about 70 minutes long and reviews news, Entertainment programming, music and sports events that the station has presented during half a century.

WIPR-TV, better known as the Puerto Rico’s Public Broadcasting Corporation (CPRDP), or its branding, TUTV or Tu Universo Televisión, was inaugurated on January 6, 1958 under the administration of the current governor, Luis Muñoz Marín.

The documentary is dedicated to the actor, director e historian Ángel Rivera Vázquez, who has worked in WIPR since its beginning.

Spearheaded by Investigator Flavia García, who has been working for the past 9 years on an investigation of the history of Television, headed the production of this special along with Luis Rosario Albert and Susanne Marte.

The Corporation’s President, Víctor J. Montilla, received a congratularory resolution on behalf of the Puerto Rican Senate for the “good music, art and televisión” that have distinguished the channel for the past 5 decades.

Some of the historical moments aired include:

Digital and high definition

WIPR-TV, the island's first public television station, also became the first in the evolution to digital and high definition.[3] .On July 7, 2008, President Víctor J. Montilla held a press conference at the station, where he inaugurated WIPR-TV's high definition facilities. TUTV became the first station in Puerto Rico to produce and broadcast in high definition format.[4] The station created new scenarios and employed several illumination estragies to abjust the product.[5] Some artists underwent lifestyle changes, including abjusting their diet, to project a better image in the higher definition.[5] The first program to be transmited in this format was "Contigo".[6]

Programming

TuTV Informa

In 1996, WIPR launched a newscast branded as Noti-Seis or "News Six". The newscast was first anchored by Pedro Luis García and Gloria Soltero and only had a 6:00 PM edition. Later that year, the station premiered a 9:00 PM edition anchored by the same 6:00 PM team.

After six years as ‘Notiseis’, a new news format is created with a local newscast(TUTV Informa) and an international newscast(TUTV Internacional).

This year, TUTV's programming received various awards. Locally, En Todas was awarded by the American Heart Association. Five productions received Emmy Award nominations and one of TUTV's producers received an Emmy in the Entertainment Program category.

Currently the newscast is anchored by Gloria Soltero and David Reyes. Along with the daily newscasts, WIPR produces an in-depth newscast called TuTV Analiza which airs weekly on Sundays.

List of original programs seen on WIPR-TV

  • Así canta Puerto Rico, with Luisito Vigoreaux
  • El Show de Chucho Avellanet
  • Contigo, with Linette Torres and Myraida Chaves (In High Definition on digital sub-channel 6.5)
  • ¿Y cómo fue?, with Johanna Rosaly
  • Cultura Viva, with Johanna Rosaly and Cordelia González
  • De Pura Cepa, with Danny Rivera
  • En la Punta de la Lengua
  • Lexicon
  • Geo-Ambiente, with María Falcón
  • Reto Estudiantil, with Gilberto Valenzuela
  • Prohibido Olvidar
  • El Son del Caribe, with Andy Montañez and Giovanna Huyke
  • Tiempo Pedido, with Lissette Santiago
  • TUTV Analiza
  • Un día antes
  • Noche de Gala, with host Deborah Carthy Deu
  • La Cocina de Giovanna, with Giovanna Huyke
  • El Planeta de Remi, with the character created by Jose Vega Santana
  • La Casa de Maria Chuzema, produced by Tere Marichal

TUTV's, programming may be viewed online through TUTV's website

See also

References

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