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.
2 arrested on child abuse charges
Gas Leak in Lake Worth
A gas leak was reported near South Dixie Hwy and 6 th Avenue South in Lake Worth at 7:39 pm on Monday.
Man caught stealing from cars at beach parking
Investigators said 27-year-old Wilton Uceta targeted cars at South Inlet Park in Boca Raton.
Firefighters stress grill safety after child...
A warning before you light up your gas grill. A child in Jupiter had to be rushed to the hospital after being burned this weekend. We're…
Safety concerns over broken Jeep door handles
Drivers locked in their own car. The mechanical issue is raising safety issues.
State mistake costs victim of crime
A mistake by the Florida Attorney General's Office costs a crime victim several thousand dollars.
PIN not needed for some debit card transactions
Walmart is making it easier to pay with a debit card, but one customer questions this move because the change potentially makes it easier for…
Five kitchens temporarily shut down
Love food trucks? The state temporarily closed the doors of two trucks and two other restaurants. No place was happy to see our Consumer Watchdog.