The Miami PBS station celebrates six decades on the air and makes plans for many more.In its 60 years, the station now branded as WBPT2 has become a public-television heavyweight. But now it must evolve further — without relying on its past successes.
Two South Florida TV stations, Miami’s WPBT and WXEL in Boynton Beach, have agreed to merge into a new entity, South Florida PBS. The stations jointly announced the agreement Wednesday. The two stations announced in June 2014 that they would embark on discussions about a merger. CPB contributed $150,000 to support planning behind the effort.
A proposed merger of two Florida public TV stations would serve a combined market area roughly equivalent to the country’s seventh-largest Nielsen market. WPBT in Miami and WXEL in Boynton Beach, some 60 miles away on the state’s east coast, today announced their intention to work toward becoming a new entity, PBS South Florida. The two stations have informally discussed collaborations over the past decade, but this is the first announcement of a possible merger.
The CPB Board on Tuesday (March 27) unanimously approved spending up to $7 million for a joint master-control project linking six stations in Florida and one in Georgia. The Jacksonville Digital Convergence Alliance will run one master control for WJCT Jacksonville; WFSU Tallahassee; WPBT Miami; WBCC Cocoa; WUCF Orlando; Tampa stations WUSF and WEDU; and WPBA Atlanta.
Miami PBS station WPBT has installed its second Calrec console in its new HD control room known as Studio B. The station uses the studio to produce its own local programs and can rent it for client productions through its for-profit facility, Comtel. WPBT also supplies the production facilities for public broadcasting’s Nightly Business Report. […]
PBS member WPBT Miami (DMA 16) has expanded its use of Pixel Power graphics systems in its TV production and master control infrastructure. Pixel Power Clarity systems deliver graphics for long-running, nationally-distributed shows including Star Gazer, produced by WPBT, and Nightly Business Report for which WPBT supplies production facilities to NBR Worldwide. Clarity systems also […]