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WEPX-TV
Channels
BrandingIon
Programming
Affiliations38.1: Ion Television
38.2: Court TV
38.3: Grit
38.4: Laff
38.5: Defy TV
38.6: TrueReal
38.7: Newsy
Ownership
Owner
WPXU-TV
History
First air date
December 1998 (23 years ago) (1998-12)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
38 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Digital:
51 (UHF, 2008–2012)
26 (UHF, 2012–2019)
Secondary:
MyNetworkTV (2006–2009)
Call sign meaning
"Eastern Carolina's Pax"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID81508
ERP850 kW
HAAT275 m (902 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°12′2.6″N 77°11′12.8″W / 35.200722°N 77.186889°W / 35.200722; -77.186889
Links
Public license information
Websiteiontelevision.com

WEPX-TV (channel 38) is a television station licensed to Greenville, North Carolina, United States, broadcasting the Ion Television network to Eastern North Carolina. Owned and operated by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company, the station maintains a transmitter northwest of New Bern, North Carolina.

WPXU-TV (channel 35) in Jacksonville, North Carolina operates as a full-time satellite of WEPX-TV.

WEPX and WPXU were affiliates of MyNetworkTV from September 5, 2006 until September 27, 2009 when MyNetworkTV's affiliation switched over to WITN-TV, prior to this, the stations were solely affiliates of Ion (then known as i: Independent Television and originally known as Pax TV).

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[1]
38.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
38.2 480i CourtTV Court TV
38.3 Grit Grit
38.4 Laff Laff
38.5 Defy Defy TV
38.6 TrueReal TrueReal
38.7 Newsy Newsy

Analog-to-digital conversion

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not initially receive a companion channel for a digital television station. WEPX was later assigned channel 51, and the digital signal signed on February 5, 2008. WEPX has filed a letter with the FCC requesting to move from channel 51 to channel 26. This is part of a larger move for the FCC to get TV stations off of channel 51 to prevent interference with cell phone devices.[citation needed]

References