|Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Branding||WCVI TV 23|
|Slogan||Serving the U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
23.3 Cozi TV
|Owner||LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation
(LeSEA Broadcasting of St. Croix, Inc.)
|First air date||May 16, 1997|
|Call letters' meaning||Christiansted
|Former callsigns||WATU (1997)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
39 (UHF, 1997–2009)
|Former affiliations||UPN (1997–2006)
The CW (2006–2014)
|Transmitter power||0.659 kW|
WCVI-TV is a full-power television station in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands transmitting its digital signal on channel 23. WCVI is owned by LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation. The station has been affiliated with World Harvest Television since July 2014.
WCVI-TV was founded as WATU on May 16, 1997, but then changed its Call letters to the current WCVI-TV that same year on June 30, as an affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN). Before then, UPN programming was seen via satellite from New York's WWOR-TV. At one point, the station also carried Urban America Television as a secondary affiliation; this arrangement was discontinued when that network ceased operations on May 1, 2006. That September, WCVI joined The CW Television Network following the shutdown of both UPN and The WB.
On April 17, 2014, Virgin Blue reached a deal to sell WCVI-TV to LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation; the sale was completed on July 27, 2014, with LeSEA assuming ownership on July 28, 2014. Upon acquisition, WCVI dropped its CW programming in exchange for programs from LeSEA and World Harvest. It was unknown where CW network programming will be carried in the USVI area at the time of the transaction becoming final, but CW programming is seen on cable channel 13 via WSEE-DT2 in Erie, Pennsylvania on pay television.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||480i||4:3||WCVI-D1||Main WCVI programming / LeSEA|
|23.2||WCVI-D2||World Harvest Television|
- "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.