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WBFS-TV, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 32), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Miami, Florida, United States
United States
and also serving Fort Lauderdale. The station is owned by the CBS
CBS
Television Stations subsidiary of CBS
CBS
Corporation, as part of a duopoly with CBS
CBS
owned-and-operated station WFOR-TV
WFOR-TV
(channel 4). The two stations share studios on Northwest 18th Terrace in Doral, near Miami
Miami
International Airport; WBFS-TV's transmitter is located on Northwest 210th Street in Miramar. On cable, the station is carried on Comcast Xfinity
Xfinity
channels 3 (standard definition) and 436 (high definition). WBFS-TV
WBFS-TV
is one of two CBS
CBS
Corporation-owned stations carrying the 21st Century Fox-owned MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
service, alongside sister station WSBK-TV
WSBK-TV
in Boston.

Contents

1 History

1.1 "South Florida's Super Station" 1.2 Financial difficulties under bankruptcy 1.3 Sale to Paramount and affiliation with UPN 1.4 Transition to MyNetworkTV

2 Digital television

2.1 Digital channels 2.2 Analog-to-digital conversion

3 Programming 4 News operation 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] "South Florida's Super Station"[edit]

WBFS's original Grant double-sided logo, used from 1984 to 1995.

Prior to the station's launch, the UHF channel 33 frequency in the Miami–Fort Lauderdale market was occupied by a low-power translator of competing independent WCIX (channel 6, now WFOR-TV
WFOR-TV
on channel 4), whose primary full-power signal could not be received very well in Broward County as its transmitter was located in Homestead, positioned farther southwest than the transmitters of other Miami
Miami
area stations in order to prevent signal interference with WPTV-TV
WPTV-TV
in West Palm Beach and WDBO-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando. WBFS first signed on the air on December 9, 1984, originally operating as an independent station. the station was owned by Grant Broadcasting. The station originally operated from studio facilities located on Northwest 52nd Avenue in Miami
Miami
Gardens. The station ran numerous off-network reruns of classic television sitcoms from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, along with a number of cartoons. It also ran some off-network drama series, and classic western and martial arts movies that were usually shown on Saturday afternoons. WBFS soon made a name for itself in South Florida
Florida
for its slick on-air look. It billed itself as "Florida's Super Station" (a slogan that present-day Tampa Bay sister station WTOG also used around the same time) and frequently used CGI graphics of near-network quality (similar graphics would be implemented on WGBS-TV (now WPSG) in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
and WGBO-TV in Chicago
Chicago
after Grant acquired those stations). The station was available on cable in the West Palm Beach area as well, and had identified as "Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach" in station IDs until the 1990s. Financial difficulties under bankruptcy[edit] However while the station itself turned a profit, Grant overextended itself while buying programming for its stations. In December 1986, shortly after Christmas, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The pressure came from debt with Viacom, which owned the distribution rights for half of the programs broadcast on Grant's stations. In January 1987, a deal was made to cut back the runs of the shows that the stations owned and pay reduced prices for licensing them. Even with Grant's financial problems, WBFS continued to do well, and scored a major coup by becoming the on-air home of the NBA's new Miami Heat franchise in 1988. It added rights to games from the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball's National League
National League
and the Florida Panthers of the NHL in 1993. However, Grant Broadcasting was unable to get out of debt, forcing the company into receivership in 1989. Combined Broadcasting, a company consisting of executives from the program distributors that Grant owed payments to, took over ownership of WBFS and its sister stations. The company pumped a lot of money into WBFS and WGBS, but ran primarily barter programming on WGBO. Sale to Paramount and affiliation with UPN[edit] In 1994, Combined sold WBFS and WGBS to Paramount Stations Group (which was soon acquired by former Grant creditor Viacom after it acquired Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
that year), which sold its original Philadelphia
Philadelphia
station, WTXF-TV, to Fox Television Stations. Almost immediately, Paramount announced that WBFS and WGBS would join the soon-to-be created United Paramount Network (UPN), which was created through a programming partnership with owner Chris-Craft Industries (Viacom/Paramount itself would not acquire partial ownership of the network until 1996). WGBO was sold to Univision, which entered the deal after its then-affiliate in Chicago, WCIU-TV, refused to drop English-language programs from its schedule and become an exclusively Spanish-language programming outlet. On January 16, 1995, WBFS became a UPN
UPN
owned-and-operated station at the network's inception. The station continued to refer to itself as "WBFS TV 33" for some time afterward, but soon rebranded as " UPN
UPN
33". It had acquired more recent off-network sitcoms in the years following and soon began to add more first-run syndicated talk and reality shows. The station began to cut back on children's programs, such as The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Pokémon, Sailor Moon, Mummies Alive! and DuckTales
DuckTales
from 1998 onward. By 2002, the station was only running children's programs during the morning hours. In 2000, Paramount's parent company Viacom merged with CBS, making WBFS a sister station to CBS
CBS
owned-and-operated station WFOR-TV, years after that station (as WCIX) shut down the channel 33 translator to make room for WBFS. As a result of the merger, WBFS moved into WFOR's facilities in Doral. When WAMI-TV (channel 69) became a Telefutura owned-and-operated station in January 2002, WBFS picked up a few of WAMI's former shows, including Fox Kids
Fox Kids
(the block, which was not carried on Fox affiliate WSVN
WSVN
(channel 7), by then was only offered on Saturdays). WBFS continued to run what eventually became 4Kids TV until the block was discontinued by Fox on December 27, 2008. Its successor, Weekend Marketplace, does not air at all in the Miami market. UPN
UPN
ended its children's block, Disney's One Too, in August 2003. After Viacom split into two companies in December 2005, WBFS came under the ownership of CBS
CBS
Corporation. Transition to MyNetworkTV[edit]

WBFS' first logo as a MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
affiliate used from September 5, 2006 until September 14, 2010. This logo was similarly used for MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
stations owned by Fox Television Stations.

On January 24, 2006, CBS
CBS
Corporation and Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment division announced that they would dissolve UPN
UPN
and The WB, and move some of their programming to a newly created network, The CW.[1][2] The network immediately announced a deal to affiliate with 15 stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting, with that company's WB affiliate WBZL (channel 39, now WSFL-TV) serving as its Miami affiliate. It would not have been an upset had WBFS been chosen as a charter station, however. CW officials were on record as preferring the "strongest" WB and UPN
UPN
stations for the new network, and Miami–Fort Lauderdale was one of the few markets where the WB and UPN
UPN
stations both had relatively strong viewership.

WBFS' logo used from September 14, 2010 until September 19, 2011. This logo was similar to the "circle 38" logo used around the same time by WSBK, then an independent station, now a MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
affiliate.

On February 22 of that year, News Corporation
News Corporation
announced the launch of a new "sixth" network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations
Fox Television Stations
and its syndication division Twentieth Television.[3][4] Although the service was created to give UPN
UPN
and WB-affiliated stations that would not be joining The CW
The CW
an alternate programming option, CBS
CBS
initially announced on May 1, that WBFS, along with its Boston
Boston
sister station WSBK-TV, would not join the network. It is believed that CBS's initial decision to deny its larger UPN stations affiliation agreements with MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
was in retaliation against Fox for refusing to affiliate any of its UPN
UPN
affiliates in markets where CBS
CBS
Corporation or Tribune did not already sign deals to carry The CW
The CW
with that network. However, on July 12, it was announced that WBFS would become South Florida's MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
affiliate. The network debuted on September 5, 2006, and at that point, WBFS changed its on-air branding to "My 33". Digital television[edit] Digital channels[edit] The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]

33.1 1080i 16:9 WBFS-TV Main WBFS-TV
WBFS-TV
programming / MyNetworkTV

33.2 480i MOVIES! Movies!

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit] WBFS-TV
WBFS-TV
ended programming on its analog signal, on UHF channel 33, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States
United States
transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 32.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33. Programming[edit] Occasionally as time permits, WBFS may take on the responsibility of airing CBS
CBS
network programs whenever WFOR-TV
WFOR-TV
is unable to in the event of extended breaking news or severe weather coverage. WBFS has been known to air Miami
Miami
Dolphins games that air on ESPN's Monday Night Football and games scheduled to air on CBS
CBS
which are postponed due to weather (usually hurricanes). WBFS is the alternate home of ACC Network
ACC Network
football telecasts when sister station WFOR is not available. The station is the main ACC Network affiliate in South Florida
Florida
for basketball telecasts. The station primarily only airs weekend broadcasts. An exception is made for weeknight telecasts involving the Miami
Miami
Hurricanes. These packages will cease to exist following the 2018–19 academic year as a result of the creation of the new cable-only ACC Network. The station previously aired syndicated Big East telecasts.[7] News operation[edit] Soon after the Viacom- CBS
CBS
merger in 2001, WBFS began to air a nightly 10:00 p.m. newscast that was produced by WFOR. This was the third primetime news broadcast in the market after WSVN's long-established 10:00 p.m. newscast (which debuted in January 1989, when it became a Fox affiliate) and a WTVJ-produced newscast in that slot on WB affiliate WBZL. In 2004, WBFS added a two-hour-long extension of WFOR's weekday morning newscast, airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., which replaced children's programming in that timeslot and competed against WSVN's morning newscast Today in Florida. In June 2007, Beatriz Canals (WBFS' former weeknight co-anchor and WFOR reporter) was appointed co-anchor of WFOR's weeknight 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts, replacing Maggie Rodriguez after she left the station to become co-anchor of CBS' The Saturday Early Show. This temporary arrangement remained until Shannon Hori was brought in from Dallas sister station KTVT
KTVT
was named as Rodriguez's permanent replacement. The weekday morning program remained in a news format until 2008, when it was reformatted as more of an entertainment and lifestyle program with news, weather, and traffic updates. It originated from an updated secondary set that was used for interviews. Due to ongoing financial issues, several cuts were made to the station's news programming on October 17, 2008. WBFS's weekday morning and weekend prime time newscasts were canceled and some personalities were fired. On January 24, 2010, WFOR became the last major English-language station in the Miami
Miami
market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the remaining weeknight 10:00 p.m. broadcast on WBFS was included in the upgrade. At some point in September, the weeknight newscast was expanded to one hour. In September 2011, the weeknight 10:00 p.m. newscast was canceled, leaving the Miami–Fort Lauderdale market without in-market competition to WSVN's in-house primetime newscast. As a result, WBFS joined The CW
The CW
O&Os, KSTW
KSTW
in Seattle/Tacoma, Washington, WUPA
WUPA
in Atlanta, Georgia and WTOG in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida
as one of four CBS-owned stations without a newscast of any kind; eventually to be joined by Detroit sister stations WKBD
WKBD
and WWJ-TV
WWJ-TV
in 2012. References[edit]

^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN
UPN
in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006. ^ UPN
UPN
and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006. ^ "News Corp. to launch new mini-network for UPN
UPN
stations". USA Today. February 22, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2013.  ^ News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WBFS ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.  ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/07222002aaa.html "BIG EAST Announces Football Television Schedules"

External links[edit]

CBSMiami.com - WFOR/ WBFS-TV
WBFS-TV
official website Query the FCC's TV station database for WBFS-TV

v t e

Television in South Florida
Florida
and the Keys, including Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale and Key West

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television Network O&Os are in bold

English-language stations

WFOR (4.1 CBS, 4.2 Decades) WTVJ
WTVJ
(6.1 NBC, 6.2 Cozi) WSVN
WSVN
(7.1 Fox, 7.2 Light) WPLG
WPLG
(10.1 ABC, 10.2 MeTV, 10.3 H&I) WTXI-LD (11.3 Hype TV, 11.4 UTV, 11.5 VideoMix) W16CC-D (16.2 SBN, 16.3 HSN, 16.4 Peace TV, 16.5 QVC
QVC
OTA, 16.6 Punch TV) WDFL-LD (18.2 WHBN, 18.5 Launch TV) WLTV-DT (23.2 Justice, 23.3 Escape, 23.4 Laff) WBFS (33.1 MNTV, 33.2 Movies!) WPXM (35.1 Ion, 35.2 qubo, 35.3 Ion Life, 34.4 Ion Shop, 35.5 QVC
QVC
OTA, 36.6 HSN) WSFL (39.1 The CW, 39.2 Comet TV, 39.3 Antenna TV, 39.4 This) WHFT (45.1 TBN, 45.2 Hillsong, 45.3 JUCE/Smile) WAMI (69.2 Bounce TV, 69.3 GetTV, 69.4 Grit, 69.5 Quest)

Spanish-language stations

WSBS-TV & WSBS-CD (3.1 Mega (Key West)) WEYS-LP
WEYS-LP
6 (Alma.) WGEN-TV
WGEN-TV
& WVFW-LD
WVFW-LD
(8.1 (Key West) & 34.1 Estrella TV) WTXI-LD (11.1 TLR, 11.2 Infomercials) W16CC-D (16.1 Cubana) WDFL-LD (18.1 Mira TV, 18.3 Telecandela, 18.4 RBC Televisión) WSBS-TV (22.1 Mega) WLTV (23.1 Uni.) WDGT-LD (24.1 CTN Int'l) WPMF-CD (38.1 Azteca) WJAN-CD
WJAN-CD
(41.1 ind., 41.2 WFUN-LD) W43CB-D (43.1 relg.) WHFT (45.4 Enlace, 45.5 Salsa) WFUN-LD
WFUN-LD
(48.1 ind., 48.2 WJAN-CD) WSCV (51.1 Telemundo) WLMF-LD 53.1 (LATV) WAMI (69.1 UniMás)

Key West stations

WEYW-LP
WEYW-LP
(19.1 Action) WCAY-CD (36.1 tourist) WMDF-LD 41 (silent) WKWT-LP 42 (silent)

Public television stations

WPBT
WPBT
(2.1 PBS, 2.2 Create, 2.3 FL Channel/World, 2.4 PBS
PBS
Kids) WLRN (17.1 PBS) WURH-CD (25.1 Elementos) WBEC (63.1 ind./educ.)

Adjacent locals

West Palm Beach

WPTV-TV
WPTV-TV
(5.1 NBC, 5.2 MeTV, 5.3 Laff) WHDT (9.1 ind. & Gun TV) WPEC
WPEC
(12.1 CBS, 12.2 WeatherNation TV, 12.3 Comet) WPBF-TV
WPBF-TV
(25.1 ABC, 25.2 Estrella TV) WFLX
WFLX
(29.1 Fox) WXEL (42.1 PBS, 42.2 Create, 42.3 World, 42.4 PBS
PBS
Kids)

Local cable channels

Fox Sports Florida Fox Sports Sun Telemiami

Florida
Florida
broadcast television areas by city Fort Myers Gainesville Jacksonville Miami Orlando Pensacola Panama City Tallahassee Tampa/St. Petersburg West Palm Beach

See also Bahamas TV Bermuda TV Television in Cuba

v t e

MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
Network Affiliates in the state of Florida

WCTV
WCTV
6.2 (Tallahassee) WMYG-LP 11/ WGFL
WGFL
53.2 (High Springs / Gainesville) WECP-LD
WECP-LD
18.2 (Panama City) WFOX 30.2 (Jacksonville) WBFS 33 (Miami) WFGX
WFGX
35 (Ft. Walton Beach) WTTA
WTTA
38 (St. Petersburg) WTCN 43 (West Palm Beach) WRBW
WRBW
65 (Orlando)

See also ABC CBS CW Fox Ion MyNetworkTV NBC PBS Other stations in Florida

v t e

CBS
CBS
Television Stations (a subsidiary of CBS
CBS
Corporation)

CBS/DEC O&O

KCBS KCNC KDKA KOVR KPIX KTVT KYW WBBM WBXI-CD WBZ WCBS WCCO WFOR WJZ WWJ

CW O&O

KBCW KMAX KSTW WKBD WPCW WPSG WTOG WUPA

Other stations

Ind.

KCAL KTXA WLNY-TV

MyNetwork

.