|Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Branding||WSVI-TV Channel 8 (general)
News Channel 8 (newscasts)
Ion 8 VITN (alternate version)
|Slogan||The Virgin Islands Very Own|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||8.1 Ion Television|
|Translators||WFIG-LP 5 Charlotte Amalie
WZVI 43.1 Charlotte Amalie
|Affiliations||Ion Television (2016–present)|
|Owner||Atlas News and Information Services Inc.
(Alpha Broadcasting Corporation )
|First air date||November 10, 1965|
|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)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1965–2015)|
|Transmitter power||1.1 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WSVI is an Ion Television-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.
The station under ABC affiliation signed off nightly at 2:00am AST (1:00 am AST March to November), but now carries a 24-hour schedule. Also under ABC affiliation without the resources or financial means to fill network time, it carried paid programming, Caribbean Lottery drawings, some local arts and events programming, and their weeknight-only local newscasts, as 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 was negated, since those stations usually contain that syndicated programming in their schedules. Under their Ion affiliation this is less obvious, though some local programs continue to be carried in some timeslots, pre-empting Ion programming.
The company has had multiple ownership changes. Antilles Broadcasting Corp. sold WSVI to Group III Inc. for US$4 million. 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.
Until December 31, 2015, WSVI was affiliated with ABC. On January 1, 2016, the station switched to Ion Television after nearly 50 years with ABC; agreements were made with Lilly Broadcasting (which already provides a CBS feed with Caribbean-specific weather to the region via a second feed of their Erie, Pennsylvania station WSEE-TV) to provide an alternate ABC affiliate to serve the region, via WENY-TV in Elmira, New York on pay television. Despite losing its affiliation with ABC, the station continues to carry the Litton's Weekend Adventure E/I block most associated with ABC affiliates, since that block is syndicated by Litton Entertainment and separate from any contract with ABC. The switch meant that no full-powered station based in the U.S. Virgin Islands has a primary affiliation with any of the "Big Four" networks.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||1080i||16:9||WSVI-TV||Main WSVI programming / Ion Television|
WSVI shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, 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 20. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA (WFIG-LP)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
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- TV Newscheck: "Full-Power TV On St. Croix Goes For $350K", May 2, 2011
- FCC Document: "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO TRANSFER CONTROL OF ENTITY HOLDING BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE" for WSVI, dated April 28, 2011.
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