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.

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Gainesville, Florida
Branding WUFT-TV

"Florida's 5"

Channels Digital: 36 (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 ofFlorida


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)

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 6:30pm which airs 200+ days per year.

WUFT rebranded in August 2010, calling itself "Florida's Five." The channel moved its evening newscasts from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Digital televisionEdit

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)

Newscast TitlesEdit

  • The Evening News/Channel 5 News (?-?)
  • News 5 (?-?)
  • WUFT-TV News (?-2010)
  • Florida's 5 (2010-present)

Notable News AlumniEdit


  • Erin Andrews - ESPN Sidelines Reporter
  • Jamie McIntyre - Former CNN Correspondent
  • Sarah Sidner - CNN Asia Correspondent
  • Staci Spanos - WJXT-TV Anchor
  • Steve Douglas - WJXT-TV Reporter
  • Vic Micolucci - WJXT-TV Reporter
  • Nick Giovanni - WJXT-TV Sports Reporter / Anchor
  • Miles Doran - CBS News Videojournalist
  • Sheryl Attkisson - CBS News Correspondent
  • Liz Nunez - WPTV Reporter
  • Brittny Krause - WDBO Sports Reporter
  • Amanda Hall - WDHN Anchor
  • Jackie Ravinoff - WDHN Reporter
  • Dan Hicken - WTLV-TV Sports Director
  • Marina Marraco - Noticias Univision Florida Central Anchor / Reporter
  • Erica Rakow - WJHG Anchor / Reporter
  • Bryan J. Kelly - WWF Commentator
  • Alexandra Hill - WJHG Weather Anchor
  • Lindsay Clein - KBZK Anchor / Reporter
  • Megan Naughton - WFXL Reporter / Anchor
  • Jared K. Spears - ESPN NASCAR Content Producer
  • Rikki Klaus - WHNT Reporter
  • Iviani Figueroa - WPTV Associate News Producer
  • Nicole Alvarez - Univision Noticias Assignment Editor
  • Patrick Nealis - PGA Tour Productions
  • Christine Eschenfelder - Former WINK-TV Reporter / Anchor
  • Emily Pantelides - WPEC Anchor
  • Jill Cumbey (Stillman) - Department of Justice (FBI) Spokesperson
  • Alison Posey - WMBB Weekend Sports Anchor / Sports Reporter
  • Nadeen Yanes - WMBB Reporter


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says November 10, while the Television and Cable Factbook says November 17
  2. ^

    On the set of WUFT

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