|City||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico|
|Branding||WORA 5 / ABC Puerto Rico (general)|
ABC News Extra (newscasts)
DW (on DT2)
VIVE Televisión (on DT3)
Telecinco (on DT4)
First air date
|October 12, 1955|
Former channel number(s)
5 (VHF, 1955–2009)
|Spanish Independent (1955–1969)|
Repeater for WRIK-TV (1969–1979)
Repeater for WAPA-TV (1979–1985)
Repeater for WKAQ-TV (1985–1994, 2015—2019)
Repeater for WLII-DT (1995–2014)
Call sign meaning
|Named after former sister station WORA (AM)|
|HAAT||634.2 m (2,081 ft)|
|Transmitter coordinates||18°8′56″N 66°59′20″W / 18.14889°N 66.98889°W|
|Translator(s)||W05CY-D 5.5 Mayagüez|
W10BG-D 10.1 Mayagüez
Public license information
WORA-TV (channel 5) branded on-air as ABC Puerto Rico, is a television station in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, affiliated with ABC and owned by Telecinco Media Holdings. WORA-TV's studios are located on Ponce de León Avenue in Santurce, with additional studios at the Guanajibo Building in Mayagüez. The station's transmitter is located at Monte del Estado in Maricao.
WRFB (channel 5) in Carolina operates as a full-time satellite of WORA-TV, serving San Juan and eastern Puerto Rico.
Founded by Alfredo Ramírez de Arellano y Bártoli in 1955, WORA-TV was the first television station on Puerto Rico's west coast and the third station islandwide after WKAQ-TV and WAPA-TV (established in the same year earlier). The station was named for then-sister station WORA radio (760 AM), which one year later was joined by WORA-FM (97.5 FM, now WIOB), the first FM broadcaster on the west coast. During its early years, the station produced its own programming, but its schedule eventually shifted toward infomercials, possibly due to the lack of interest from local businesses in advertising on television. In 1969, WORA-TV became a repeater station for WRIK-TV, airing their programming on the west coast of the island.
In 1979, WORA-TV entered into an affiliation agreement with San Juan-based WAPA-TV, ending its run as a locally-run independent station. After that, most television stations on the island's western coast followed suit. By joining economically stronger stations from the San Juan market, market divisions on the island ended.
In 1985, WORA-TV changed its affiliation agreement to WKAQ-TV, and on January 1, 1995, it began a new affiliation agreement with WLII.
On September 19, 2014, it was announced that WORA would become an ABC affiliate on November 1, 2014, replacing low-power station WPRU-LP, carrying the network on a subchannel branded as ABC 5.
On January 1, 2015, WORA-TV again become a semi-satellite of WKAQ-TV on channel 5.1. Univision programming moved to WOLE-DT channel 12, on the same date. On March 9, 2015, WORA's third digital subchannel added a new channel, Vive, which broadcast series from Televisión Española. Vive later switched to a simulcast of the 24H news channel from TVE in 2019.
On June 27, 2019, WORA-TV announced that it would end its affiliation with WKAQ-TV by December 31, leaving Telemundo without a western affiliate after more than four years; later, Hemisphere Media Group, the owners of WAPA-TV, announced that Telemundo would air on a subchannel of WAPA-owned WNJX-TV by January 1, 2020. On December 18, WORA-TV announced that ABC programming would move the station's primary channel on January 1, 2020.
On December 1, 2020, WORA-TV, WRFB and its translator stations launched Telecinco (subchannel 5.4), a new independent station combining news programming from RT and horse racing from Hipodromo Camarero. It was the second major change on the multiplex; earlier that year, the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico began offering online classes as "Inter Online TV" on subchannel 5.2. On March 1, 2022, the station removed RT programming after the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, replacing it with Deutsche Welle.
In addition to ABC network programming, WORA-TV airs some local shows in Spanish, mostly on Sunday afternoons.
WORA-TV had a small news division branded WORA-TV Noticias, which aired during WKAQ-TV's Telenoticias news broadcasts on the Telemundo subchannel. These 15- to 30-minute news segments focus on events happening in and around Mayagüez and Puerto Rico's west coast. On June 28, 2019, the day after the end of the WKAQ rebroadcast agreement was announced, WORA-TV laid off 19 employees and closed its entire news department.
Currently, WORA-TV airs a simulcast of WABC-TV's Eyewitness News. Unlike most ABC affiliates, which produce their local newscasts in English, WORA-TV produces their local newscasts in Spanish. The local programs, Directo y Sin Filtro (hosted by Limarys Suarez, Carmen Jovet, and Jonathan Lebrón Ayala) and Primetime (hosted by Nicole Marie Colón), are broadcast in the evening.
On April 14, 2021, after nearly two years without a regional news operation, WORA-TV announced its return to news programming with the launch of ABC News Extra, a local 7 p.m. weeknight newscast anchored by Veronique Abreu Tañon and Yarimar Marrero.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|5.1||5.5||10.1||720p||16:9||ABC-PR||Main WORA-TV programming / ABC|
|5.2||5.6||10.2||UIA-TV||Inter Online TV|
|5.3||5.7||10.3||480i||VIVE||VIVE Television / 24h|
|5.4||5.8||10.4||720p||Tele5.4||Telecinco / Camarero TV|
WORA-TV shut down its analog signal over VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009, the official date when 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 29, using virtual channel 5.
WORA-TV and its subchannels can be seen across Puerto Rico on the following stations: