WJTV 12 (general)|
WJTV 12 News (newscasts)
Mississippi's leading source for news, sports, weather and answers. We are WJTV 12 - Getting you answers.|
Dare to Defy (on DT2)
Digital: 12 (VHF)|
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
12.2 The CW
12.3 Ion Television
Nexstar Media Group|
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||January 20, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||We're Jackson TeleVision|
|Sister station(s)||KARD, KTVE, WATN-TV, WHLT, WIAT, WKRG-TV, WLMT, WNTZ|
|Former callsigns||WSLI (on channel 12; 1953–1955)|
|Former channel number(s)||
25 (as WJTV) (UHF, 1953–1955)
12 (VHF, 1955–2009)
52 (UHF, until 2009)
ABC (1953–1970, primary 1954–1955 on WSLI)
RTV (until 2012)
Antenna TV (2012–2016)
|Transmitter power||49.2 kW|
|Height||491 m (1,611 ft)|
WJTV is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Jackson, Mississippi, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 12 from a transmitter in Raymond. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, WJTV has studios on TV Road in southwest Jackson.
On cable, the station can be seen on Comcast Xfinity channel 13, Cable One channel 8 and Vicksburg Video channel 12 with an HD feed on Xfinity digital channel 433, Cable One digital channel 460 and Vicksburg Video digital channel 255.
WHLT (channel 22) in Hattiesburg operates as a semi-satellite of WJTV extending the CBS signal into the Pine Belt region of Mississippi. WHLT's master control, as well as some internal operations, are housed at WJTV's studios. WHLT clears all network programming as provided by its parent, simulcasts most of WJTV's newscasts and airs most of its syndicated programming (though in some cases at different times). There are also some programs that only air on WHLT while some are only seen on WJTV. WHLT also airs separate station identifications and commercials.
WJTV signed-on January 20, 1953 as Mississippi's first television station. In September of that year, Meridian, Mississippi ABC affiliate WTOK-TV began broadcasting on VHF channel 11. Airing an analog signal on UHF channel 25, it was founded by Jackson's morning and afternoon newspapers, The Clarion-Ledger and Jackson Daily News, respectively, and was a primary CBS affiliate and secondary DuMont Television Network affiliate. 
One year later, on March 27, 1954, the Standard Life Insurance Company started WSLI on VHF channel 12. The station was a primary ABC affiliate, owing to WSLI-AM's affiliation with the network, and provided Jackson residents with network coverage from the three major broadcast networks. WSLI shared tower space with WJTV.
In 1955, both the Hederman Family and Standard Life Insurance Company opted to combine both stations' operations. On June 1, 1955, WSLI signed off, and WJTV moved to channel 12. The combined station was a primary CBS affiliate with secondary affiliations with ABC and DuMont. The new channel 12 also shared ABC programming with WLBT until 1970 when WAPT started operations on channel 16. WJTV was also affiliated with NBC and broadcast The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson until September 1966 when it was carried by NBC affiliate WLBT. (Carson had attended Millsaps College in Jackson.)
From 1977 until 1983, WJTV was owned by the Capitol Broadcasting Company (the same company which owned KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona but unrelated to the Capitol Broadcasting Company of Raleigh, North Carolina). In 1983, it was sold to the News-Press & Gazette Company. Four years later, the station launched a semi-satellite for the Hattiesburg/Laurel area, WHLT. In 1993, NPG sold several of its stations, including WJTV and WHLT, to the first incarnation of New Vision Television. In turn, New Vision sold its entire stations group to Ellis Communications in 1995. Ellis was folded into Raycom Media the following year after it was bought out by a media group led by the Retirement Systems of Alabama (who bought AFLAC's broadcasting group a few months earlier).
In 1997, Raycom bought out Federal Broadcasting, owner of WHLT's rival station, WDAM-TV. Due to the presence of WHLT, this acquisition put Raycom in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) duopoly rules in the Hattiesburg/Laurel market. As a result, Raycom opted to keep the higher-rated WDAM and trade WJTV and WHLT (along with WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia that also had to be divested by Raycom due to its ownership of that station's rival WTOC-TV) to Media General in exchange for WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia (which had to be divested by Media General due to FCC same-market cross-ownership restrictions).
The trade left Raycom without a station in the Jackson market until 2006 when it acquired WLBT as part of its purchase of The Liberty Corporation. Its original digital transmitter was located at its studios on TV Road.
After an aborted merger plan with Meredith Corporation, Media General announced on January 27, 2016 that it was being acquired by Nexstar Broadcasting Group with the new company named "Nexstar Media Group". Because WNTZ-TV (owned by Nexstar) is considered part of the Alexandria DMA by the FCC (despite being licensed to Natchez, located in the Jackson market), Nexstar was not forced to sell either WNTZ or WJTV to comply with the ownership rules. The sale was completed on January 17, 2017.
WJTV-DT2, branded as "Mississippi's CW", is the CW-affiliated second digital subchannel of WJTV, broadcasting in high definition on virtual and VHF digital channel 12.2. On cable, the station is available on Xfinity digital channel 212 in standard definition and channel 435 in high definition.
On October 1, 2013, WJTV returned programming from The CW to the Jackson market after a five-month absence due to former affiliate WRBJ-TV (channel 34)'s sale to the religious Trinity Broadcasting Network. WJTV placed the network on their second digital subchannel, replacing a still of the station's weather radar.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|12.1||1080i||16:9||WJTV-HD||Main WJTV programming / CBS|
|12.2||720p||The CW||Mississippi's CW|
|12.3||480i||4:3||ION TV||Ion Television|
WJTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 12.
WHLT simulcasts its parent's weekday morning show and, beginning in December 2013, airs a full 30-minute 10 p.m. newscast produced within the WJTV studio that features stories submitted by WHLT reporters. The 10 p.m. newscast is anchored by WJTV personalities Melanie Christopher, Byron Brown, and chief meteorologist Ken South, and is specially produced for the Hattiesburg market.
The Hattiesburg station will sometimes share video footage with its parent when providing relevant, regional coverage of Mississippi. In this role, WHLT essentially acts as a bureau for WJTV. At some point in spring 2012, WJTV upgraded local news production to 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen.
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