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Gainesville, Florida
Branding WUFT
Channels Digital: 5 (UHF, PSIP 5)
Affiliations PBS (since 1970)
Owner University of Florida
(Board of Trustees, University of Florida)
First air date November 1958[1]
Call letters’ meaning University of
Sister station(s) WUFT-FM
Former channel number(s) 5 (VHF analog, 1958-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1958-1970)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 263 m
Facility ID 69440
Transmitter Coordinates 29°42′35.4″N 82°23′41.1″W / 29.709833°N 82.39475°W / 29.709833; -82.39475 (WUFT)

WUFT-TV is a PBS member station owned by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. WUFT first signed on the air on November 17, 1958 as North Central Florida's 1st Television Station as an NET station and went to PBS on October 5, 1970.

It serves a 16-county area which includes the cities of Gainesville and Ocala, and is also available on cable in Jacksonville.



WUFT-TV broadcasts local newscasts staffed and produced by students in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. WUFT-TV broadcasts two main newscasts, along with a variety of special reports and half-hour specials. "First Edition", currently a six-minute newscast, airs weekdays at noontime for 100 shows per year. "WUFT News" (the main newscast, formerly known as "News 5", "Report 5" and "Evening News") is a half-hour weekday newscast at 5:30pm which airs 200+ days per year.

5:30 News Anchors for Spring 2010: Iviani Figueroa Erica Rakow

Sports Anchors: Rachael Wilson Heather Soltis

Chief Forecaster: Marco LaManno

Digital television

WUFT's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Programming
5.2 Create
5.3 Florida Knowledge Network (Weekdays, 6AM to 6PM)
PBS World (all other hours)


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says November 10, while the Television and Cable Factbook says November 17
On the set of WUFT

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