KUED, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 27), branded on-air as PBS Utah, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by the University of Utah. KUED's studios are located at the Eccles Broadcast Center on Wasatch Drive in the northeastern section of Salt Lake City, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City. The station has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah.
|Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)|
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
|Owner||University of Utah|
|First air date||January 20, 1958|
|Call sign meaning||Utah EDucation|
|Former channel number(s)|
|Former affiliations||NET (1958–1970)|
|Transmitter power||158 kW (STA)|
374 kW (CP)
|Height||1,266 m (4,154 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
Prior to July 2018, KUED was one of two PBS member stations serving Utah, the other being Provo-licensed KBYU-TV (channel 11), owned by Brigham Young University. In October 2017, it was announced that KBYU would drop PBS programming on June 30, 2018 in favor of its own BYUtv service, leaving KUED as the sole PBS station for the state.
The station first signed on the air on January 20, 1958, with an episode of The Friendly Giant. The station originally broadcast from improvised studios set up in the basement of the old student union building on the University of Utah campus. The station had humble beginnings with no props, primitive equipment, and a donated transmitter, courtesy of Time-Life Inc., then-owners of KTVT (channel 4, now KTVX). A $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation made it possible from KUED to sign on the air.
Early programming was purely educational, in some cases consisting of nothing more than a teacher standing in front of a chalk board and lecturing. About half of the programs aired were locally produced, with the rest coming from National Educational Television (NET) and other sources. When PBS succeeded NET in 1970, the focus of programming changed to educational and entertainment programming.
After having branded with its call letters and channel number for virtually its entire history, KUED announced on November 4, 2019 that it would rebrand as "PBS Utah" on November 25, adopting the updated national PBS logo and branding that was unveiled the same day.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||720p||16:9||KUED-HD||Main KUED programming / PBS|
KUED shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42, using PSIP to display KUED's virtual channel as 7 on digital television receivers.
KUED has two full power relay stations serving rural areas of Utah, both digital-only:
|Station||City of license||Channel
RF / VC
|First air date||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Public license information|
|2000||0.33 kW||441 m (1,447 ft)||82576||Profile|
|KUEW||St. George||18 (UHF)
|2002||1.62 kW||66.5 m (218 ft)||82585||Profile|
Aside from their transmitters, KUES and KUEW do not maintain any physical presence in their cities of license.
- Pierce, Scott D. (October 23, 2017). "KBYU-TV will no longer be a PBS station in 2018 — and KBYU-FM will abandon classical music". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- "KUED being rebranded as PBS Utah". Deseret News. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
- "KUED-Channel 7 is changing its name to PBS Utah". The Salt Lake Tribune. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KUED
- KUED to Launch KUED PBS Kids Channel Services
- KUED to Add Create Channel
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
- [https://web.archive.org/web/20090206090120/http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11628657 Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine Congress delays digital TV switch until June; Utah sticks to original cutoff, Vince Horiuchi, Salt Lake Tribune February 4, 2009
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUED
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUES
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUEW
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUED-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUES-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUEW-TV