Canal 8 UCV TV

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Canal 8 UCV TV
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Launched May 10, 1974
Closed 2002
Owned by Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Analog (La Serena) Channel 8 (1971-1994)
Analog (La Serena) Channel 9 (1994-2002)
Analog (Andacollo) Channel 12

Canal 8 UCV TV (later called Canal 9 UCV TV) was a Chilean Television Channel which only operated in the Coquimbo Region between 1974 and 2002.



The channel started in 1971 as a relay for UCV TV. Canal 8 as a channel purely regional, came May 10, 1974, and achieved great success in La Serena and Coquimbo.[1]


During the 1980s Canal 8 had signings with Canal 13, Chilevisión and UCV TV, broadcasting deferred the programs of that channels. Thanks this signings, Canal 8 had good audiences in the Coquimbo Region.

On April 1, 1984, Canal 8 visited the units of local newspaper El Día to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the newspaper. Notably, one of the directors who had Canal 8, Eduardo Sepúlveda Whittle was also director of this newspaper between 1955 and 1959.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Canal 8 began to see its programming biased "packed" after the arrival of Canal 13 (in 1988) and Chilevisión (in 1993) to the area. Upon completion of the agreements with that channels, the regional signal was forced to deliver only its own programs or programs of UCV TV.

Canal 9 and the end of the signal[edit]

In 1994 Canal 8 UCV TV changed to VHF Frencuency 9 changing its name to Canal 9 UCV TV.[2]

The signal, with low audiences, lack of programs and publicity, go in bankrupt. But the agreement with UCV TV stilled in force and was stilling emitting programs from Valparaíso. Despite all this, the signal broadcast programming every day from 16:00 to 0:00, with several video clips, pictures of La Serena and Coquimbo, and programming of UCV TV, but deferred.

From 2002 to 2003 a cable channel called Thema TV rented Canal 9 studio and Canal 9 aired programming of both stations.

The end came in 2002 when the signal finally decides to end its transmissions. One reason put forward was that the arrival of UCV TV to Coquimbo Region, as part of its national expansion plan. While Channel 9 ended in 2002, UCV TV recently joined the regional grid program in 2003, thus ending more than 25 years of local television.

Own programs[edit]