New TV Broadcast License Figures

Last week the FCC released a list showing the total number of broadcast stations as of Sept. 30, 2006. The total number of full service TV stations was 1,754. The number of VHF stations remained unchanged at 715 compared with Sept. 30, 2005, but there were five more UHF stations, increasing the total to 1,039 UHF stations.

Last week's Broadcast Station Totals as of Sept. 30, 2006 shows a total of 568 Class A TV stations (472 UHF and 96 VHF), a drop from the 593 Class A licenses in Sept. 2005. Over the same period, the total number of LPTV stations increased from 2,117 to 2,189 LPTV (1,677 UHF and 512 VHF). TV translators totaled 4,517 (2,714 UHF and 1,803 VHF), an increase of 14 over 2005.

Note that DTV stations are not counted as separate licenses, so although a TV station may be transmitting on two channels, it is counted as one station.