WLJT-DT, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 27), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Lexington, Tennessee, United States and serving western and northwestern Tennessee. The station is owned by the West Tennessee Public Television Council. WLJT's studios are located in Martin on rented space at the University of Tennessee at Martin; its transmitter is located on U.S. Route 412 midway between Jackson and Lexington.
WLJT began operations on February 13, 1968. It was originally operated by the Tennessee Department of Education as a service to the schools of western Tennessee. At the time, this region was considered too small and too rural to support a full-fledged traditional educational station. As such, for its first 13 years of broadcasting, it repeated the signal of Memphis station WKNO (channel 10), via contract, since WKNO was not, unlike WLJT, operated by the state. In 1981, the station inaugurated a separate schedule, including programs of local interest. A few years later, the state education board relinquished the license to a local community board, the West Tennessee Public Television Council. Until 1993, administrative offices were located in Martin, while the technical staff worked in Lexington, some 60 miles (97 km) away; microwave links to the transmitter enabled WLJT to consolidate its entire operation in Martin afterward.
WLJT especially emphasizes programs of community interest, in large part because commercial broadcasters in Memphis and Paducah, Kentucky devote little attention to rural western Tennessee in newscasts and other local programming. The only commercial news operation in the market explicitly devoted to the area is Jackson ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV (channel 7).
After the digital transition on February 17, 2009, WLJT discontinued transmitting on its analog signal, continuing to operate on digital channel 47. However, digital tuners with PSIP display its virtual channel as "11". WLJT-DT moved to digital channel 27 effective August 10, 2018.
|TV stations in Tennessee|
| WNPT, Nashville|
|TV stations in serving central West Tennessee, including Jackson, Lexington and Martin|
| WBBJ 7 (ABC) |
WLJT 11 (PBS)
WJKT 16 (Fox)
W18BL-D 18 (Ind.)
WHJK-LD 20 (Escape)
WYJJ-LD 27 (COURT TV/MNTV)
WNBJ-LD 39 (NBC)