|Branding||VSB TV-11 (general)
VSB TV 11 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Analog: 11 (VHF), Cable 4|
|Owner||DeFontes Group Ltd.|
|First air date||June 1991|
|Last air date||August 31, 2014|
|Former affiliations||NBC (1991-2014)|
VSB-TV was a NBC television affiliate serving Hamilton and the British territory of Bermuda. The station had previously broadcast on channel 11. In addition to carrying the full NBC network East Coast feed, VSB locally produces a half-hour nightly newscast at 7 p.m., preceding the NBC Nightly News (which airs at 7:30 p.m. Atlantic Time in Bermuda). The station is owned by DeFontes Group, a Bermuda-based company which also owns and operates radio stations in the island nation. As of August 31, 2014 VSB-TV ceased broadcasting over-the-air on Channel 11 due to financial difficulties but still provides daily news via their online website.
Programming and Newscasts
VSB's schedule runs an hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone without any delays, which means primetime begins at 9:00 p.m. AT and Today begins live at 8:00 a.m. AT, with the late local news carried at midnight AT. The station runs Access Hollywood Live at noon AT and Ellen at 5:00 p.m AT.
Other station newscasts are carried at 7:00 p.m. AT and 8:30 p.m. AT, with the NBC Nightly News airing live at 7:30 p.m. AT. VSB currently does not carry a local morning newscast or the local :25/:55 cut-ins during Today.
Over-the-air TV cessation
On 29 August 2014, the ownership of VSB announced that broadcasting would be suspended indefinitely due to financial losses, effective 31 August 2014, whilst expressing the hope that the station might reorganize and return to the air in the future. Declining advertising revenues resulting in continual deficits were cited by DeFontes Group. The radio stations were unaffected by the closure of the television station. A daily 20-min. video streaming of VSB News Online is now produced by the VSB staff.
- Bell, Jonathan (29 August 2014). "VSB TV station to cease broadcasting". Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2014-08-29.