WFXZ-CD, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 19), is the Biz TV-affiliated television station located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The station is owned by the WGBH Educational Foundation. WFXZ-CD maintains studio facilities located in Woburn; its transmitter, shared with sister PBS member station WGBH-TV (channel 2) under a channel sharing agreement, is located at 350 Cedar Street (southwest of Interstate 95) in Needham.
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The station's construction permit was originally granted on November 30, 1989 as W29BA, operating on channel 29, which would be licensed to nearby Lawrence. However, by the time finally it signed on the air with a home shopping service in early 2000, it had moved to channel 24, was licensed to Boston and adopted the W24CM call sign.
A few months later, channel 24 changed its call letters to WVXN-LP. In 2001, the station was upgraded to Class A status and dropped home shopping programming in favor of affiliating with MTV2. The station changed its callsign to WFXZ-CA in 2003. In July 2006, the station became the Boston affiliate of the Azteca América network.
WFXZ flash-cut its signal to digital transmission in 2010. Longtime owner Randolph Weigner agreed to sell WFXZ to Prime Time Partners in December 2011. The station became a charter MundoFox affiliate when the network formally launched on August 13, 2012, with Azteca America programming moving to its second digital subchannel; it returned to primary status early on December 1, 2016 due to MundoFox ending operations (changing to MundoMax in its last year). During its affiliations with MundoFox/MundoMax and Azteca América, WFXZ-CD was carried on Comcast Xfinity digital channels 721 and 981, and Verizon FiOS channel 20.
In the FCC's incentive auction, WFXZ-CD sold its spectrum for $63,949,770 and indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement. On September 8, 2017, the station entered into a channel sharing agreement with WGBH-TV (channel 2); concurrently, Prime Time Partners agreed to donate the WFXZ license to the WGBH Educational Foundation. WFXZ shut down its UHF digital channel 24 transmitter on December 3, 2017 and began channel-sharing on WGBH-TV's channel 19 transmitter WGBH's acquisition of the station was completed on December 21, 2017, at which point the station dropped Azteca América for Biz TV. Concurrently, the station's carriage on Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS was discontinued.
|TV stations in New England|
|Boston||Springfield, MA||New Hampshire||Rhode Island||Connecticut||Vermont||Maine|
|WUTF, Worcester||WWDP, Norwell||WYDN, Lowell||WHDT-LD, Boston||WDMR-LD, Springfield||WPXG, Concord||WLWC, New Bedford||WUVN, Hartford||WRNT-LD, Hartford||WYCX-CD, Manchester||WLLB-LD, Portland||WEXZ-LD, Bangor|
|WCEA-LD, Boston||WMFP, Foxborough||WHDH, Boston||WLEK-LD, Concord||WRIW-CD, Providence||WTXX-LD, New Haven||WZME, Bridgeport||WGBI-LP, Farmington||WFYW-LP, Waterville||WBGR-LD, Bangor|
|WUNI, Marlborough||WFXZ-CD, Boston||WNEU, Merrimack||WHCT-LD, Hartford||WCKD-LP, Bangor/Dedham|
|WDPX, Woburn||WYCU-LD, South Charlestown||WRDM-CD, Hartford|
|TV Stations in Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire|
|English stations||Spanish stations||New Hampshire|
|WGBH 2 (PBS)||WUTF 27 (UMas)||WMUR 9 (ABC)|
|WHDT-LD 3 (Ind)||WCEA-LD 58 (Ind)||WENH 11 (PBS)|
|WBZ 4 (CBS)||WUNI 66 (UNI)||WYCN-CD 15 (NBC)|
|WCVB 5 (ABC)||WPXG 21 (Court TV)|
|WHDH 7 (Ind)||WLEK-LD 22 (DrTV)|
|WBTS-LD 8 (NBC)||WWJE 50 (Justice)|
|WFXZ-CD 24 (Biz TV)||WEKW 52 (PBS)|
|WFXT 25 (Fox)||WNEU 60 (TLM)|
|WSBK 38 (MNTV)|
|WGBX 44 (PBS)|
|WWDP 46 (Evine Live)|
|WYDN 48 (Daystar)|
|WLVI 56 (CW)|
|WDPX 58 (Bounce TV)|
|WMFP 62 (SBN)|
|WBPX 68 (Ion)|
|WHDH 5 (ABC/CBS)|
|WNAC 7 (CBS/ABC)|
|WJZB 14 (Ind)|
|WNHT 21 (Ind/CBS)|
|WXPO 50 (Ind)|
|WTAO 56 (ABC/DuMont)|