is a Public Broadcasting Service
(PBS) member public television
station for the Washington, D.C.
, area. Its studios are in nearby Arlington, Virginia
. Among WETA's nationally-broadcast programs are PBS Newshour
and Washington Week
and several nationally-broadcast cultural and documentary programs, such as the Ken Burns
' documentaries and A Capitol Fourth
In 1952, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) allocated 242 channels for non-commercial use across the U.S.
. Channel 26 was allocated for use in Washington, D.C.
In 1953, the Greater Washington Educational Television Association
was formed to develop programming for channel 26. GWETA credits Elizabeth Campbell
with having founded the organization.
In the early days, before it was granted a license for its own channel, the GWETA produced educational programming for WTTG
Finally, on 2 October 1961, the GWETA was granted a license by the FCC to activate channel 26. Until WETA moved to Howard University
in 1964, WETA operated from Yorktown High School
In 1967, WETA produced Washington Week in Review
, its first nationally syndicated program for non-commercial educational stations.
Around 1970, the Greater Washington Educational Television Association changed their name to the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association to reflect the oversight of the new WETA-FM
In 1992, WETA broadcast the... Read More