In 2000, the School Board purchased a community broadcast channel, now WBEC-TV Channel 63 (BECON-TV), licensed by the FCC to provide non-commercial, educational programming. The community broadcast station’s mission is to provide unique programming for our diverse community to enhance quality of life and promote education, knowledge and lifelong learning as a valuable asset to individuals. BECON continues to broadcast timeless BECON-produced favorites into the classroom and the community in the tri-county area: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. WBEC-TV broadcasts on channels 63 on AT&T U-verse, Direct TV, dish Network, and channel 19 on Comcast.
BECON’s priority has been to produce and deliver quality educational programming to enhance student achievement and lifelong learning. Watching BECON-TV is an “edutainment” experience for the whole family with science programs such as Soaring into FCAT Science, Real Time Science Connections, Science & Me, Science Matters; and Math programs such as Measuring Up and Putting Geometry on the Map. Reading and Language Arts programs bring cursive and manuscript handwriting to life with It’s the Write Time and Up, Down & Around.
BECON-TV is the only independent educational station with a Broward focus where viewers can wake up to what’s happening in Broward schools with Before the Bell, or hear from community and political leaders on CountyLine with Frank Loconto, or Community Forum with Dr. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon. Also, learn what teens are really thinking about on Reality Avenue or Teen Talk with Dr. Stephen Goldstein. To witness the good news from Broward County Schools watch Broward School Beat. Viewers can also see the world through the eyes of journalists-in-training on Broward Teen News (BTN), or SportsBlitz.
Whether it’s enhancing your own or your child’s knowledge with fun and informative programming like CareerWatch and Cross Cultures Changing Lives, learning what’s going on in the community, planning your next adventure, or tuning in to the latest school board meeting, BECON-TV is your education station. New programs and delivery methods are always being developed at BECON as BECON strives to become a premiere educational channel.