For nearly 60 years, WPTV has been the area's news leader and most-watched station. WPTV is currently the highest rated television station in South Florida.
WPTV began broadcasting on August 22, 1954 as the primary NBC affiliate for all of south Florida with the call letters WJNO-TV. At sign-on, the first words heard on-air were from control room director Vern Crawford: "The power has just been turned on for WJNO-TV channel 5 by Frank M. Folsom, President of The Radio Corporation of America."
At the time, the station was owned by William Cook and Theodore Granick and there were only 32 employees working at the station. WJNO was later purchased by The Phipps Family in 1956 and they changed the call letters to WPTV. In 1961 the station was purchased by Scripps Howard.
In May 1971, Scripps Howard built new studios for the station on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. In 1976, WPTV began operating the market's first live mobile news van.
On March 16, 2001, we moved from our facilities on Flagler Drive to a larger, newer, and advanced complex at 1100 Banyan Boulevard on the city's west side approaching Clear Lake.
On August 25, 2007, WPTV became the first station in South Florida to broadcast in high-definition.
WPTV shut off its analog transmitter at 5:45 am, on June 12, 2009, making the conversion to digital-only broadcasting.
Most recently in 2013, WPTV proudly won nine Regional Emmy Awards, including the coveted Emmys for News Excellence and overall Station Excellence.
Boca police warn of 'stranger danger'
Police and residents are on the lookout in Boca Raton, after an 11-year-old boy tells police a man tried to lure him into his car with candy.
Ocean Rescue promoting safety for Memorial Day
Thousands are expected to flock to local beaches this weekend and the big crowds add extra pressure on parents. Ocean Rescue is urging you to…
Crash shuts down SB I-95 in PSL
One southbound lane of Interstate 95 has reopened at mile marker 123, between St. Lucie West Boulevard and Midway Road, after a vehicle crash.
Teen, once homeless, graduates high school
A teen once homeless, is now headed to college. It's an inspiring story of a young man in the foster care system, who turned his life…
Do you qualify for Target security breach money?
Time is running out to get your share of a settlement from Target. It’s related to the security breach during the 2013 holiday shopping…
Toyota / Lexus melting dashboard repairs delayed
Toyota is delaying it's repairs of melting dashboards. The automaker offered the free repair after the Consumer Watchdog exposed safety…
Roaches shut down Boynton Beach Italian kitchen
A Boynton Beach restaurant shut down for roaches, and it’s not the first time the Italian kitchen had problems with the state. The…
Technology to help hang up on robocalls
The Federal Trade Commission gets 300,000 complaints each month about robocalls and telemarketers. The Consumer Watchdog shows you what's…