Fox 44 (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 45 (UHF)
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
(HD simulcast of 44.2)
|Affiliations||CBS (since 1995)|
|Owner||Communications Corporation of America
(sale to Rocky Creek Communications pending, to be operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group thereafter)
(ComCorp of Indiana License Corporation)
|First air date||November 17, 1983|
|Call letters' meaning||EVansVille
(EVV is also the FAA airport designation for Evansville Regional Airport)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
44 (UHF, 1983-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1983-1987)
Fox (on primary channel, 1987-1995)
|Transmitter power||500 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WEVV-TV is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Evansville, Indiana. The station operates on digital channel 45, or virtual channel 44 via PSIP, from a transmitter located in Henderson, Kentucky. WEVV is owned and operated by Communications Corporation of America. WEVV also operates a digital subchannel (44.2) that is currently affiliated with Fox and MyNetworkTV.
WEVV began broadcasting on November 17, 1983. It was the first full-market independent station in the Tri-State, and the first full-market commercial station in the market since WTVW (channel 7) hit the air waves 27 years earlier. WLCN (channel 19, later WAZE-TV and now defunct) had signed on a month later, but only served part of the market at the time. It became a Fox affiliate in 1987, originally branded as Fox 44 and later as WEVV Fox TV.
In 1995, Banam Broadcasting, a subsidiary of BankAmerica, sold WTVW (channel 7) to Petracom Broadcasting. Fox then acquired a 20% equity stake in Petracom; this led to a three-way affiliation swap in which WTVW ended its affiliation with ABC after 39 years and affiliated with Fox on December 3, 1995. Conversely, the ABC affiliation moved to WEHT (channel 25) ending its affiliation with CBS after 41 years.
On July 1, 1995, WEVV-TV signed an affiliation agreement with CBS to become the network's new affiliate for the Tri-State market. On September 18, 1995, WEVV aired its first CBS program with an episode of The Price is Right, eventually the station picked up CBS This Morning after it was dropped by WEHT; WEVV officially became a full-time on December 4, 1995, when the remainder of CBS' programming lineup was added to the station.
In June 2006, ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Western District of Louisiana. In September of that year, WEVV began broadcasting a digital high definition signal; at the time, a digital subchannel was added on virtual 44.2, which was affiliated with MyNetworkTV and was simulcast on WTSN-LP (and as such, was branded as "MyTSN"). In 2009, the relationship with WTSN-LP ended and channel 44.2 changed branding to My44, with WTSN moving to air America One (and as of November 2011, Me-TV) programming.
On April 24, 2013, Communications Corporation of America (owner of WEVV) announced the sale of its entire group to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group (owner of ABC affiliate WEHT). Since there are fewer than eight full-power stations in the Evansville market, Nexstar and its partner company Mission Broadcasting (owner of CW affiliate WTVW), cannot legally buy WEVV. So WEVV will be sold to a female-controlled company called Rocky Creek Communications. Nexstar will operate the station under a shared service agreement, forming a triopoly with WEHT and WTVW. 
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|44.1||1080i||16:9||WEVV-DT||Main WEVV-TV programming / CBS|
|44.2||480i||WEVV-FX||WEVV-DT2 / Fox / MyNetworkTV|
WEVV-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 44, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 45, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 44.
On May 11, 2011, WEVV signed an affiliation agreement with Fox, reuniting WEVV with its first network affiliation, after WTVW lost its affiliation due to a dispute between Fox and owner Nexstar over Fox's demands of a share of retransmission consent earnings (WTVW then became an independent station); CBS programming remained on digital channel 44.1, and Fox began airing on July 1, 2011 on WEVV digital channel 44.2. MyNetworkTV programming moved from the 7-9 p.m. primetime slot to 9-11 p.m. The subchannel is branded as Fox 44 and uses a logo that resembles those used by its sister Comcorp-owned Fox affiliates such as WGMB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and KWKT in central Texas, though with a plain midpoint bullet between calls and city rather than a decorative outline, and continuing to use WEVV's longtime "44" logo. In a sense, this resulted in WEVV regaining the Fox affiliation it had lost 16 years earlier.
On June 24, 2011, WEVV-TV signed on a new digital low-power station on channel 47. This station, which will eventually hold the low-power translator calls W47EE-D, will be used to air the Fox/MyNetworkTV schedule in 720p high definition to cable/satellite providers and local antenna viewers in the immediate Evansville/Henderson area. WEVV is currently working with all of the market's cable and satellite providers to place WEVV-DT2's high definition signal on their systems, and move the station's standard definition channel from the extended digital lifeline tier to the basic tier which every viewer in the area can receive.
WEVV established a news department in 1992, with local news, branded Fox 44 News at Nine, originally airing weeknights at 9 p.m. With the switch to CBS, the 9 p.m. newscast was dropped, and the news operation was relaunched as NewsNow, adding newscasts at noon, 5 p.m., 10 p.m., and weekends. NewsNow later became CBS 44 News.
Other newscasts were added to mornings, and the 5 p.m. newscast moved to 6 p.m. However, none of these additions/time period changes helped the news ratings, and the station remained stubbornly in fourth place behind WFIE, WEHT and WTVW. WEVV shuttered its news department in June 2001. There has been no local news programming since then, though WeatherVision does provide weather content for the station. WEVV is one of the few Big Three affiliates that doesn't air any local newscasts, a group that includes WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Florida (NBC) and KAQY in Monroe, Louisiana (ABC).
- Fox 44 News at Nine (1992-1995)
- 44 News Now! (1995-1999)
- CBS 44 News (1999-2001)
- We Got It For You! (1983-1985)
- Just Keep Watching (1985-1987)
- Your Only Primetime News (1992-1994)
- The Tri-State's Only Primetime News (1994-1995)
- Your Home for News (1995-2001)
Notable former on-air staff
- Adam Alexander (NASCAR on TNT)
- Ryan Owens (ABC News)
- Mike Puccinelli (WBBM-TV Chicago)
- Michael Schlesinger (WDJT-TV Milwaukee)
- Kelly Sutton (WZTV Nashville)
- Miles, Laureen (May 15, 1995). "Fox eyes Evansville station". Mediaweek. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- "Fox buys interest in group owner". Broadcasting & Cable. May 22, 1995. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- "SATURDAY SPECIAL: "Great Affiliation Switch" captivated Tri-State viewers in '95". Jake's DTV Blog. July 31, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WEVV
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "FOX ends affiliation with WTVW," from Evansville Courier & Press, 5/11/2011
- Official website (For "CBS 44")
- Official website (For "Fox 44")
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WEVV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W47EE
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WEVV-TV