DMA 24

WTAE Pittsburgh Ready To Move Frequencies

On Aug. 24, the Hearst-owned Pittsburgh ABC and Cozi TV affiliate will be the first Pittsburgh station to move frequencies under the spectrum repack.

Hearst’s WTAE (ABC) and Cozi TV diginet in Pittsburgh (DMA 24) are moving frequencies on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.

Viewers who use an over-the-air antenna must “Plan to Rescan” that day to continue watching WTAE and Cozi TV. Rescanning a television requires only the remote control and takes five to 15 minutes, the station said. No new devices, equipment or services are needed.

“Pittsburghers depend on WTAE Channel 4 and Cozi TV as trusted sources for news, weather and entertainment,” said WTAE President-GM Charles W. Wolfertz III.  “We are committed to educating our viewers and make the rescan as easy as possible for them.”

If viewers watch WTAE Channel 4 and Cozi TV using cable or satellite, the rescan will happen automatically through their subscription-TV provider.

Over-the-air viewers will need to follow simple steps to rescan.  To learn how to rescan, log onto

Nearly 1,000 television stations across the country are expected to move to new frequencies by June 2020.  The move is a result of the FCC’s recent incentive auction to make additional airwaves available for wireless internet services. WTAE says it will be the first in the market to comply with the FCC plan.


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Scott G says:

July 16, 2018 at 9:50 am

One simple question that wasn’t answered above: WHAT’S THE NEW FREQUENCY?

    Fred says:

    July 16, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Channel 51 moving to 27

      Kevin says:

      July 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Fred! I was going to ask the same thing myself

    Kevin says:

    July 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    That was a great reply! I love it. I was thinking the same exact thing only you said it first. LOL

Linda Stiles says:

July 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

Will the new frequency be stronger, weaker, or the same as the old frequency ?; and will W T A E still be on channel 4, or will it move to a different channel. ??

    Kevin says:

    July 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Weaker? Can’t really get much worse then it is now. I am really into electronics and I’ve tried everything to get channel for consistently in the New Castle area. Nearly impossible. Drops out just about every other time you turn the TV on. I have very good antenna setup and it still is bad. Channel 2 and 11 are great

Kevin says:

July 23, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Let’s hope it gets stronger. Because WTAE as always been difficult to receive in the New Castle area. Worst of the three in the Pittsburgh Market. Has been like that since I was a boy. I am now 53 years old still have trouble getting Channel 4

Kolby says:

July 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

The reason WTAE seems weak in New Castle is that its transmitting anttena is near Buena Vista PA, further than those closer to Pittsburgh.
It is my understanding that the power will remain the same at 10,000 watts. That doesn’t mean your experience will be the same: by moving from channel 51 to 27 frequencies, it may benefit or hurt your bounce of the signal.
The digital channels remain the same at 4.1 and 4.2.
There are another dozen frequency changes coming up for the Pittsburgh market in summer of 2019. You can find all 1,000+ changes in this file regarding the FCC Incentive Aution to free up 84MHz of the airwaves. says:

August 20, 2018 at 11:11 am

I spent a great deal of time to locate something like