|New York, New York
|Channels||Digital: 24 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
|Owner||NYC Media Group
(New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications)
|First air date||April 6, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||New York Education|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
25 (UHF, 1967–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1967–1970)
|Transmitter power||151 kW|
|Height||309.7 m (1,016 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
|Website||NYC Media website|
WNYE-TV, channel 25, is a non-commercial educational, independent television station located in New York City, owned by the NYC Media Group. WNYE-TV maintains studios in the Manhattan Municipal Building, and its transmitter is located at the Condé Nast Building in midtown Manhattan.
WNYE-TV operates on New York City's original educational television allocation, one of ten awarded by the Federal Communications Commission in 1952 to the University of the State of New York, the state's overall educational governing body.1 The construction permits were transferred to local educational interests after initial plans to build a statewide network failed, with channel 25 reassigned to the City's Board (now Department) of Education, operators of WNYE-FM (91.5 FM).2 When WNYE-TV signed on the air on April 6, 1967, it launched as the city's second educational station. Four and-a-half years earlier, in September 1962, Newark, New Jersey-based commercial independent WNTA-TV (channel 13) was converted into non-commercial WNDT (now WNET), which would become the New York metropolitan area's main educational outlet.
While channel 13 was a member of National Educational Television (NET), WNYE-TV was primarily focused on providing instructional programming that could be used in classrooms.3 In its early years, channel 25's operational hours were exclusively limited to school hours (roughly from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays), with limited programming on weekends and during the summer. The operational hours were extended gradually during the 1970s, as the station began to add programming from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to its schedule.
The instructional/PBS format carried WNYE-TV through its first three and-a-half decades of service. Along with the instructional shows, channel 25 aired programs that focused on the individual school districts located within the Board of Education, featuring participation from students as well as educators (some of these programs included District 2 Schoolvision, District 6 Speaks, District 9 at a Glance, District 10 Presents and Bronx High School Magazine). As the station's on-air hours expanded, leased-time foreign-language programming (from outside producers) was also added to the schedule. By the mid-1990s, more (second-hand) PBS and other instructional shows replaced the local school district programs, and when municipally-owned WNYC-TV (channel 31, now WPXN-TV) was sold by the City of New York in 1996, WNYE-TV picked up additional hours of leased-time ethnic programs that were previously aired on WNYC-TV.
In December 2004, the Department of Education transferred the licenses of the WNYE stations to the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The transfer integrated WNYE-FM-TV's operations with those of the city-owned cable television services CUNY-TV and Crosswalks Television Network (now nyctv), combining them to form the NYC Media Group. A few months prior to the transfer, the NYC Media Group began replacing WNYE-TV's PBS and instructional programs with locally-themed programming, and within the next year the primetime lineup was composed entirely of original productions. In the present day, WNYE-TV's offerings range from shows distributed by American Public Television, various ethnic programs, and a primetime lineup of shows aimed at a young, affluent urban audience. The majority of these offerings are produced in-house by the NYC Media Group, including Cool in Your Code, Full Frontal Fashion and Eat Out NY. Among other WNYE-related productions, Secrets of New York has been syndicated nationally to public television stations, and it and Blueprint: New York City have been offered to the now-defunct digital cable and satellite network The Documentary Channel (both it and Halogen TV were replaced by Pivot in August 2013), which in turn has provided some programming to WNYE from its library.
With the format change, WNYE-TV also moved from its longtime studios at 112 Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn, in a building located between George Westinghouse High School and New York City College of Technology (a branch of the City University of New York). Both WNYE television and radio (which was housed in Brooklyn Technical High School) now operate from the NYC Media Group's headquarters in the Manhattan Municipal Building in lower Manhattan.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming4|
|25.1||1080i||16:9||NYLIFE||Main WNYE-TV programming|
|25.2||480i||4:3||NYGOV||NYC Municipal Government events|
As of June 2013, WNYE-TV broadcasting its main channel in 1080i high definition.
WNYE-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 25, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24,56 using PSIP to display WNYE-TV's virtual channel as 25 on digital television receivers.
- "State of New York: Educational Reservations." Broadcasting - Telecasting, April 14, 1952, pt. 2, pg. 37. 
- "For the record." Broadcasting, July 13, 1964, pg. 78. 
- "N.Y. ch. 25 ETV plans fall '65 start." Broadcasting, November 30, 1964, pg. 50. 
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNYE
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print blank form