call_letters = WIPR-TV
station_branding = Tu Universo Televisión / TuTV
"(Your Universe Television / YourTV)"
analog = 6 (VHF)
digital = 43 (UHF)
digital_temporary = 55 (UHF)
other_chs = WIPM-TV 3 / DT 35 Mayagüez
affiliations = PBS
January 6, 1958
San Juan, Puerto Rico
callsign_meaning = Instrucción
owner = Corporación de Puerto Rico para la Difusión Pública
licensee = Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation
former_affiliations = NET (1958-1970)
effective_radiated_power = 58.9 kW (analog)
500 kW (digital)
790 kW (after 2009)
HAAT = 825 m (analog)
776 m (digital)
class = Full service
facility_id = 53859
coordinates = coord|18|6|33.8|N|66|3|2.5|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.tutv.puertorico.pr/ www.tutv.puertorico.pr]
WIPR-TV is an educational, full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over analog channel 6, digital 55. 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
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.
The station has one full-power satellite: WIPM-TV, channel 3 in Mayagüez. WIPM-TV, though mostly a repeater, does produce some local programming. Its studios and offices are located in South Post Street in Mayagüez. WIPM-TV's digital signal is not yet on the air.
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
Caribbeanas it did not show commercials. All other government-controlled broadcasters (with the exception of Cubaand 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.
1996, WIPR-TV was the first Puerto Rican television station that would broadcast their programs via the internet.
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- present)
WIPR-TV 50th Anniversary
The channel celebrated their 50th anniversary by producing a documentary focusing on their history. [cite web| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/tv/espectaculosasi/festejan_sus_50_anos_con_documental/203619| title=Festejan sus 50 años con documental| author=Mariela Fullana Acosta| publisher=Primera Hora| language=Spanish| date=
2008-06-23| accessdate=2008-06-27] On July 1, 2008, TuTv renewed 150 contracts. [cite web| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/tv/espectaculos_asi/tutv_renovara_cerca_de__150_contratos/205834| title=TUTV renovará cerca de 150 contratos| author=Rosalina Marrero-Rodríguez| publisher=Primera Hora| language=Spanish| date= 2008-07-01| accessdate=2008-07-01]
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 6th, 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:
* The first airing on WIPR-TV, a music program with local performers
Casals Festival, which first aired live from the University of Puerto Rico’s theater in 1961
* WIPR-TV was the first Puerto Rican station to air a live basketball game.
* The signing of a law by ex-governor,
Roberto Sánchez Vilellain 1961, that would declare WIPR-TV as part of the Government of Puerto Rico.
John F. Kennedy’s visit to the island.
* The pardon granted to the nationalist leader
Pedro Albizu Camposin 1964
* The accomplishments of the former baseball player,
Roberto Clementein the Major Leagues
* Puerto Rico’s first
Miss Universe: Marisol Malaret
* The death of three independent young men that died in the police ambush in
Cerro Maravillain 1978
Dupont Plaza Hotel arsonin 1989
* The termination of 314 employees at WIPR-TV in 1990.
* The broadcasting of the
Central American and Caribbean Gamesin 1993
Dayanara Torresbeing crowned Miss Universe
* The attack on the
Twin Towersin New York in 2001
* Two new Miss Universe:
Denise Quiñones(2003) and Zuleyka Rivera(2006)
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. [cite web| url=http://www.hispanicad.com/cgi-bin/news/newsarticle.cgi?article_id=24801| title=Puerto Rico’s first Public TV Station celebrates 50 Years! | publisher=Hispanic Ad| language=English| date=
2008-07-11| accessdate=2008-07-11] .On July 7, 2008, President Víctor J. Montillaheld 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. [cite web| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/tv/espectaculos_asi/tutv_inaugura_modernas_instalaciones_digitales/207865| title=TUTV inagura modernas instalaciones digitales| author=Mariela Fullana Acosta| publisher=Primera Hora| language=Spanish| date= 2008-07-08| accessdate=2008-07-08] The station created new scenarios and employed several illumination estragies to abjust the product.cite web| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/tv/espectaculos_asi/estrena_look_de_alta_definicion/218017| title=Estrena look de alta definición| author=Rosalina Marrero-Rodríguez| publisher="Primera Hora"| language=Spanish| date= 2008-08-09| accessdate=2008-08-11] Some artists underwent lifestyle changes, including abjusting their diet, to project a better image in the higher definition. The first program to be transmited in this format was "Contigo". [cite web| title=Ahora sí no habrá caras perfectas| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/tv/espectaculos_asi/ahora_si_no_habra_caras_perfectas/218867| publisher="Primera Hora"| language=Spanish| date= 2008-08-13| accessdate=2008-08-17]
Movies are in red; Documentary are in yellow;Educative are in violet; Comedies are in pink; Dramas are in beige; Musical Shows are in blue;
Talk/Forum Showsare in purple; Sports programming is in gold; News programming is in orange"'.
In 1996, WIPR launched a
newscastbranded 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
Emmyin 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
* "El Show de
* "Contigo", with Linette Torres and Myraida Chaves
* "¿Y cómo fue?", with
* "Cultura Viva", with Johanna Rosaly and Cordelia González
* "De Pura Cepa", with
* "En la Punta de la Lengua"
* "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 [http://www.http://www.tutv.puertorico.pr/tutv/tutv_online_a.htm through TUTV's website]
* [http://www.tutv.puertorico.pr/ Tu Universo Televisión]
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/P/htmlP/puertorico/puertorico.htm Museum of Broadcasting and Communications: Puerto Rico]
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