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WTVU
WTVU53-0

Location

Lakeland, FL

Branding

Lakeland's WTVU 53 (general)
RDN 8 News (WXRD-produced newscasts)

Slogan

Polk County's Best Independent Station!!!

Channel(s)

Digital: 6 (UHF)
Virtual: 53 (PSIP)

subchannel(s)

None

Affiliation

Independent

First air date

1989

Former call letters

WIPT (1989–2009)

Sister station(s)

WXRD

Former Affiliation

None

Owner

RainbowDash72

WTVU is the independent TV station serving Polk County, FL. It is the one of two independent stations in Polk County. WTVU broadcasts on Channel 53 (UHF). From 2012 until 2015, WFOX produced newscasts at 4PM and 9PM on WTVU, Until 2013, It has no digital signal. In 2015, Weiser Broadcasting sold the station to RainbowDash72 for $200 million. This made WTVU one of the few independent stations owned by RainbowDash72. WTVU became a duopoly with RDN station WXRD. WFOX's newscast partnership with WTVU ended on August 21, 2015. After the station was sold to RainbowDash72. Now WXRD, the RDN affiliate in Lakeland produces newscasts for TVU53. On November 30, 2016, WTVU was sold to Fisher Communications

WTVU53

Logo used until 2015

Programming Schedule as of October 9, 2017

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
7:00 am The Office Dog Tales Victory Church of Lakeland
7:30 am The Office Animal Rescue  Jack Van Impe Presents
8:00 am Community DragonflyTV Joel Osteen
8:30 am Community Think Big  Paid Programming
9:00 am Family Feud Wild About Animals
9:30 am Family Feud On the Spot
10:00 am Supreme Justice with Judge Karen Mills  The Coolest Places on Earth
10:30 am Supreme Justice with Judge Karen Mills  Career Day
11:00 am Justice with Judge Mablean Paid Programming
11:30 am Justice with Judge Mablean
12:00 pm Hot Bench Lakeland's WTVU 53 MOVIE (A)
12:30 pm Hot Bench
1:00 pm Judge Faith
1:30 pm Judge Faith
2:00 pm Tyler Perry's House of Payne  Lakeland's WTVU 53 MOVIE (B)
2:30 pm Tyler Perry's House of Payne 
3:00 pm Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
3:30 pm Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
4:00 pm Family Feud Lakeland's WTVU 53 MOVIE (C)
4:30 pm Family Feud
5:00 pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
5:30 pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
6:00 pm The First Family Tyler Perry's House of Payne 
6:30 pm The First Family Tyler Perry's House of Payne 
7:00 pm Mr. Box Office Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
7:30 pm Mr. Box Office Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
8:00 pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Scandal
8:30 pm
9:00 pm RDN 8 News at 9
9:30 pm
10:00 pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Blue Bloods
10:30 pm
11:00 pm Raising Hope Bones
11:30 pm Raising Hope
12:00 am The Good Wife Modern Family The Good Wife
12:30 am Modern Family
1:00 am NCIS OK! TV NCIS
1:30 am Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen
2:00 am Paid Programming
2:30 am
3:00 am
3:30 am
4:00 am
4:30 am
5:00 am
5:30 am
6:00 am
6:30 am

Newscast Titles

  • FOX 11 News at 9 on TV 53 (2012-2015)
  • FOX 11 News at 4 on TV 53 (2013-2015)
  • RDN 8 News at 9 (2015-Present)

Brandings

  • WIPT 53 (1989-1992, 2005-2007)
  • Channel 53 (1992-1995, used occasionally from 1995-1999)
  • Independent Polk Television (1995-2005)
  • TV 53 (2007-2015)
  • WTVU (2009-2015)
  • TVU53 (2015-2015)
  • Lakeland's WTVU 53 (2015-Present)



Television stations in Lakeland, FL area
WIONL 1 (ION)

WILA 2 (ITV)
WGO 3 (MyTV)
WQLK 4 (QTV)
WFLP 5 (PBS)
WRNR 6 (Paramount)
WSEV 7 (ABC)
WXRD 8 (RDN)
WFOX 11 (FOX), DT2 (Mexica)
WRKL 15 (DBC/RKO)
WLRL 17 (RLT)
WABL 21 (ABN)
WLFU-TV 22 (UDC)
WBSZ 25 (BCH)
W27AR 27 (TMD)
WIN-TV 28 (WIN)
WMYP 33 (MNTV)
WPOL 36 (NBC)
WINL 41 (CBS)
WXLK 45 (ABC-TV)
WXXT 47 (CW)
WBSK 48 (UBC)
WTVU 53 (IND)
WXLN 56 (UNI)
WLPX 58 (ABC/HBO)
WSBL 61 (SBN)
WKCC-TV 67 (Hyper)
WPBL 69 (PBS)

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NBC Affiliates: KAAZ | KFTX | KKCP | KNAS | KNSM | KSCM | KSTG | KVAI-TV | KVQP | KXOR | WAJS | WALN | WAVM | WCOG | WDAL | WDFL | WGZL | WKEZ | WKSK | WLAM | WMCT | WMKG | WMZA | WNSV | WNTV | WOAK | WQGA | WQTJ | WTLO
ABC Affiliates: KCDP | KDTA | KEAU | KFAR | KFLS | KFSA | KGJC | KIWA | KIZT | KJAZ | KJCM | KMQA | KPTF-DT2 | KQEY | KVAI-DT2 | KYBC-TV | WALZ | WAUA | WAVA-DT2 | WCAB | WCBZ | WDET | WDOP | WEOB | WERC | WFIL | WHGW | WHRS | WIPA | WJBO | WKNA | WLPE-DT2 | WMNE | WNAP | WNDO | WOCT | WOHC | WOHQ | WPWJ | WRIL | WWOI | WWWE
RKO Affiliates: WDIG
Fox Affiliates: KAJIX | KBNE | KFAK | KFRF | KHID | KMAR | KMCH | KMVZ | KNAS-DT2 | KNBL | KQHN | KVFX-LP | KVTU | WAVA | WDLN | WDQR | WKLA-DT2 | WLRJ | WLVM | WTRA | WUTI-DT2
QTV Affiliates: WAGA | WDGJ | WTTV
CW Affiliates: KDTA-DT2 | KELN-DT2 | KGHQ-DT2 | KHID-DT2 | KLCO | KLLA | KLVC | WAVA-DT3 | WFMR-DT2 | WGZL-DT2 | WIPA-DT3 | WKLA-DT3 | WLAM-DT2 | WLPE-DT3 | WLSK-DT3 | WSIV-DT2 | WTUS-DT2
MyNetworkTV Affiliates: WJFL | WIPA-DT2 | WLAM-DT3 | WRLG-DT2
Independent station: KAMV | KDKF | KDZI | KIDC | KLZQ | KOA-TV | KSCA-DT2 | WCRD-DT2 | WGST | WJCI | WLCT-DT2 | WNEV | WTVU | WZAZ
Univison Affiliates KZNE | WDFC | WRDI-DT2 | WUMF
WB Affiliates KWBD | KXJA | WBMG
UPN Affiliates KGLH | KJOP-DT2 | WUIN | WVAI
CBC America Affiliates K49MO | KCBL
TNT Affiliates KCVI | KTNT | WAUS
Telemundo Affiliates DNHBN-DT | KCTM | WSBI | WTFL | WYHV
Me-TV Affiliates KEWS-DT2 | KVCL-DT2 | WHUM-DT2
ABC-TV Affiliates KNOM |
CTV Affiliates CFAC | CFBC-DT | CHGF | CIZO
ABN Affiliates BXCHD | BXEMG | KBTU | KSIX | WATP-LP | WLEB | WMDI | WPAE | WXLB | WZRB
Global Affiliates CHGBL
CBC (Canada) Affiliates CBZT | WGNT
WBTV Affiliates WAAQ
TBS Affiliates KRRO
RBC Affiliates KTRB-TV | KHRB-TV | WQVG-TV | WPRB | WRBM


This does not include the cable channels or RDN affiliates

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