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WSVI Logo.png
Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands
Branding WSVI-TV Channel 8 (general)
News Channel 8 (newscasts)
Slogan The Virgin Islands Very Own
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 ABC
Translators WFIG-LP 5 Charlotte Amalie
WZVI 43.1 Charlotte Amalie
Owner Atlas News and Information Services Inc.
(Alpha Broadcasting Corporation)
First air date November 10, 1965; 49 years ago (1965-11-10)
Call letters' meaning WSVI: United States Virgin Islands
WZVI: WSVI 2 (represented with Z), Virgin Islands
WFIG-LP: W-FIGgie Family (former owners)
Former channel number(s) Analog
8 (VHF, 1965-2009)
Transmitter power 1.1 kW
Height 312 m
Class Full service
Facility ID 2370
Transmitter coordinates 17°45′13.7″N 64°47′54.5″W / 17.753806°N 64.798472°W / 17.753806; -64.798472
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WSVI is an ABC-affiliated, full-power television station licensed to Christiansted, St. Croix, and serving as the network's affiliate for the entire insular area of the United States Virgin Islands. The station transmits over channel 20, and identifies as their former analog channel, channel 8, via PSIP. The station is owned by Atlas News and Information Services.

WSVI has a satellite, WZVI channel 43, in Charlotte Amalie, as well as an analog translator, WFIG-LP channel 5. Both WZVI and WFIG went off the air December 3, 2014 for financial reasons.[1][2]

The station signs off after Nightline nightly at 2:05am AST (1:05 am AST March to November) and does not air overnight programming over their broadcast signal. A majority of the station's non-network schedule consists of paid programming, Litton's Weekend Adventure (the ABC station-exclusive E/I block), Caribbean Lottery drawings, some local arts and events programming, and their weeknight-only local newscasts. This is likely because the U.S. Virgin Islands receives other broadcast networks and superstations from the mainland via cable and satellite, thus the need for WSVI to maintain a full broadcast schedule of syndicated programming outside of network hours for island residents and tourists is negated, since those stations usually contain that syndicated programming in their schedules.

WSVI's newscasts are available online via their YouTube channel.

In April 2011, WSVI's former owner, the Figgie Family Equity Fund, agreed to sell the station to Atlas News and Information Services of Las Vegas, Nevada, pending FCC approval.[3][4]


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