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New Hampshire Public Television

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New Hampshire Public Television
File:Nhptv logo.gif
statewide New Hampshire
United States
Branding NHPTV
Slogan Engaging minds. Connecting Communities. Celebrating New Hampshire.
Channels Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS (1970-present)
Owner New Hampshire Public Broadcasting (operated by WGBH Educational Foundation under outsourcing agreement)
First air date July 6, 1959 (1959-07-06)
Call letters' meaning see table below
Former affiliations NET (1959-1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Hampshire Public Television Profile
Hampshire Public Television CDBS

New Hampshire Public Television is a television company and public broadcasting state network in New Hampshire, licensed to New Hampshire Public Broadcasting (NHPB) and is part of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Established in 1959, its broadcast center is located on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus in Durham, New Hampshire.

NHPTV is available over the air in nearly 75 percent of New Hampshire. Additionally, flagship station WENH is available on a limited set of cable television providers in parts of Maine (including Portland), and Vermont (including the Barre/Montpelier area). WENH is available on DirecTV and Dish Network's Boston feeds as well; Durham is part of the Boston market. It had been available on most cable systems in eastern Massachusetts (including Boston) for decades until October 2012.[1]

Digital television

Digital channels

NHPTV's three signals are multiplexed.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3][4]
xx.1 1080i 16:9 PrimeHD Main NHPTV programming / PBS
xx.2 480i Explore NHPTV Explore
xx.3 4:3 World World
xx.4 Create Create

Analog-to-digital conversion

NHPTV's stations shut down their analog signals on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009).[5]

Each stations' post-transition digital allocations are as follows:

  • WENH-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 57, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 11.
  • WEKW-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 52; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
  • WLED-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 49; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 49.


Because New Hampshire is split between the Boston, Portland, and Burlington/Plattsburgh markets, nearly all NHPTV viewers also receive another PBS station on cable or satellite (in some cases more than one). For much of its history, NHPTV elected to differentiate its program schedule for the other PBS stations in the market. Generally, NHPTV's broadcast of PBS programs and series did not air on the same day and time as they do on Boston's WGBH-TV, MPBN, Vermont Public Television or WCFE-TV in Plattsburgh.

NHPTV produced a number of local series, including:

Production of most local programs, except for "Wildlife Journal", was discontinued in June 2011 because NHPTV lost all of its funding from the State Of New Hampshire, which accounted for 30% of the station's total Fiscal 2011 budget.

NHPTV produced live coverage of University of New Hampshire men's Hockey from the 1972/1973 season through the 2007/2008 season. However, in June 2008 NHPTV announced that it was unable to continue to broadcast the games due to budgetary considerations.

The cooking show Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito was formerly distributed by NHPTV and produced at the NHPTV studios in Durham.

In September 2011 NHPTV was said to be in preliminary discussions with WGBH-TV and public broadcasters in Maine and Vermont about sharing infrastructure and content.[6] The station became an independent nonprofit organization, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting (NHPB), on July 1, 2012. It had operated as an entity of UNH from 1959 until 2008, when NHPB was established as a nonprofit subsidiary of the University System of New Hampshire [USNH] to take over day-to-day operations, though the USNH Board of Trustees retained the broadcast licenses at that time. This followed the 2011 loss of state funding, which resulted in NHPTV no longer receiving any money from USNH. Certain business services were then outsourced to WGBH, but the station itself still operates independently.[7][8]

As part of the arrangement, NHPTV began to follow PBS's national schedule in tandem with WGBH-TV on September 30, 2012 (with NHPTV Explore's lineup changing from a mix of educational, New England and local programming to a schedule nearly identical to that of WGBX-TV),[9] and master control operations were relocated to the WGBH studios in Boston.[10] Following the changes, Comcast dropped WGBH and WGBX from its New Hampshire systems and NHPTV from its Massachusetts systems.[11]


As of the DTV transition on February 17, 2009, the NHPTV stations are:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters’
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WENH-TV Durham 11 (PSIP)
11 (VHF)
July 6, 1959 Educational New Hampshire 30 kW 304.1 m 69237 10|33|N|71|12|29|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WENH-TV


WEKW-TV Keene 52 (PSIP)
49 (UHF)
May 21, 1968 Educational Keene
Western New Hampshire
43 kW 330 m 69271 2|0|N|72|22|4|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WEKW-TV


WLED-TV Littleton 49 (PSIP)
48 (UHF)
February 19681 Littleton EDucational 45 kW 388 m 69328 21|10|N|71|44|15|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WLED-TV



  • 1. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says WLED signed on February 7, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on February 8.

Low-power stations

Station Channel City
W26CQ1 26 (analog) Colebrook
W34DQ-D2 26 (digital) Pittsburg
W50DP-D3 50 (digital) Hanover


  • 1. Successor to W18BO, which operated on analog channel 18 in Pittsburg. From 2005 until November 4, 2009, W26CQ was owned by Hearst Television and served as a translator for ABC affiliate WMTW.[12]
  • 2. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers W34DQ-D to be the same station as the former W18BO. It went on the air on September 27, 2010 and is currently operated in addition to W26CQ.[13]
  • 3. Formerly W15BK, which operated on analog channel 15 (it flash-cut to digital on September 4, 2007).

Both translators directly repeat WENH. Colebrook and Pittsburg are part of the Portland market, while Hanover is part of the Burlington/Plattsburgh market.

Although NHPTV has been available for decades on cable systems in southern Maine, it has yet to be added to the Portland DBS feeds because of W26CQ and W34DQ-D's low-power status. However, NHPTV is working to change the satellite regulations so it can be carried in the Portland market as well. It also has a long-term goal of building a full-power transmitter atop Mount Washington, which would presumably offer city-grade coverage of Portland.

In addition, NHPTV also acquired W27CP in White River Junction, Vermont from WMTW along with W26CQ;[14] that station went dark on July 15, 2009 (while still owned by WMTW) due to having lost the lease on its tower site[15] and never returned to the air, leading the FCC to delete W27CP on September 14, 2011.[16]

Former stations

In the summer of 1981, New Hampshire Public Television was suffering a significant financial crisis. These stations were turned off for good as a result.

Station City of license Channel Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WHED-TV Hanover 15 (UHF)1 Hanover EDucational 69303 42|32.1|N|72|9|14.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WHED-TV


WEDB-TV Berlin 40 (UHF) EDucational Berlin 69056 22|15.8|N|71|12|47.1|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WEDB-TV


W59AB (low power) North Woodstock 59 (UHF)

WHED-TV was eventually replaced, in 1994, by a translator (originally W15BK, operating on WHED's former analog channel 15, and then, starting in 2007, low-power digital station W50DP-D). Otherwise, the defunct stations were generally superseded by cable carriage of WENH/NHPTV.


  1. ^ Robidoux, Carol. "NHPTV Merger Forces Comcast Lineup Changes". Nashua Patch. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WENH
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WEKW
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLED
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  6. ^ New Hampshire Public Television discussing collaboration with WGBH,, September 14, 2011
  7. ^ Heyden, Rhys (July 9, 2012). "R.I., N.H. go indie as state funding ends". Current. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Macalaster, Gretyl (July 15, 2012). "NHPTV partners with WGBH, breaks with UNH". New Hampshire Union-Leader. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sefton, Dru (August 9, 2012). "New Hampshire PTV, WGBH announce collaboration". Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (August 9, 2012). "WGBH Wants To Be Your Master Control". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ Lessard, Ryan (September 21, 2012). "A Seachange For Public Television". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Broadcasting of NHPTV Signal Expected to Switch From Channel 18 to Channel 26 on Nov. 4" (Press release). New Hampshire Public Television. October 29, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  13. ^ "NHPTV Translator at Coleman State Park Now Provides NHPTV on Three Digital Channels" (Press release). New Hampshire Public Television. September 27, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 10, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Re: W27CP, White River Junction, VT". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 

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