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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Branding NewsChannel 5 Plus
Channels Digital: WTVF-DT 25.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 5.2 (PSIP)
Webcast: Watch 5+ Live
Translators 5.2 (VHF) Nashville
Affiliations Independent (2002–present)
CBS (alternate)
Owner E.W. Scripps Company
(NewsChannel 5 Network, LLC)
First air date September 1996 (as a cable-only channel) [1]
June 21, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-06-21) (over-the-air relaunch)
Call letters' meaning see WTVF
Former affiliations All News Channel (partial, 1996–2002) [2]
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 425 metres (1,394 ft)
Facility ID 36504
Transmitter coordinates 36°16′5″N 86°47′16″W / 36.26806°N 86.78778°W / 36.26806; -86.78778
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website NewsChannel 5+ Website

WTVF-DT2 is an Independent television station that is licensed to and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The station is a second digital sub-channel of CBS affiliate WTVF owned by the E.W. Scripps Company. Over-the-air, it broadcasts a standard definition signal on digital UHF channel 25.2 (or 5.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter located near Whites Creek just off Interstate 24 in northern Davidson County. WTVF-DT2’s parent station has studios located at 474 James Robertson Parkway in downtown Nashville.

WTVF-DT2 can also be seen worldwide via its internet web stream during its broadcasts of its local programming. [3]


It began as a local-oriented cable-only channel, with an on-air identity, “News Channel 5+,” or as pronounced, “News Channel 5 Plus.” It was introduced and launched in September 1996 as an all-news and information cable channel for the Nashville area.[1] In addition to locally produced shows and newscast repeats, News Channel 5+ also carried programming from All News Channel until that service folded in September 2002. After that point, the channel’s programming schedule relies mostly on original content.

NewsChannel 5+ was relaunched as an over-the-air digital sub-channel on June 21, 2009, nine days after the Digital TV transition of 2009, when WTVF began utilizing digital multi-casting on its digital signal. Since then, News Channel 5+ is being broadcast on digital channel 5.2. In mid-2014, WTVF-DT2’s standard definition picture was upgraded to 16:9 SD widescreen to accommodate widescreen TVs.


This channel features locally produced programming, repeats of local news from the main channel, and a few syndicated shows that may not fit on the program schedule of the main channel. There is also live gavel-to-gavel coverage of high-profile criminal trials in the Nashville area including those of Paul Dennis Reid, Perry March, Mary Winkler, and Lindsey Lowe. WTVF-DT2 goes live during severe weather and will sometimes air local newscasts if CBS programming preempts the main channel, such as during the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, which has been a staple in CBS Sports programming since 1982.

Since the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning does not run on the main channel, it is being carried on WTVF-DT2 on a one-hour delay, so it is being run from 8 to 10 a.m. C.T. Saturday mornings. CBS Overnight News is also run almost in its entirety during the wee hours of every weekday morning, usually from 1:35 to 3:30 a.m., since the main channel airs certain syndicated programming, and doesn’t join the overnight news program until 2:37 a.m. It also carries the full hour of CBS' Face the Nation, since WTVF only shows the first half-hour of the program; the main channel airs religious programming from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Children’s educational programming on WTVF-DT2 is a replay of the children’s programming block that is run on WTVF-DT3 on Sunday Mornings; WTVF-DT2 rebroadcasts that programming on Sunday afternoons. [4]

WTVF-DT2 also replays most, if not all, newscasts and editions of their locally produced show, Talk of the Town. In addition, WTVF-DT2’s parent station also produces five hours of newscasts each week for NewsChannel 5+ in the form of an hour-long extension of WTVF's weekday morning newscast airing from 7 to 8 a.m.[4] Supreme Justice is the only syndicated program that is shown on the channel.[5]

Beginning in June 2015, WTVF-DT2 broadcast Union Wrestling Latin America's lucha libre-like shows under the traditional brokered format of most local wrestling promotions. UWLA specifically targeted the area's Hispanic-American population. That show was removed from programming in late July, 2015.

Locally produced programs [4] [5][edit]

  • Morning Line
  • Openline - live call-in show about local issues
  • SportsLine - live call-in show that focuses on local and national sports
  • The Plus Side of Nashville
  • Issues of Faith
  • Fishin' Affliction
  • Inside Workforce Development
  • Out & About Today - focuses on the Nashville LGBT community
  • Titans Talk - live call-in show focusing on all things Tennessee Titans (airs during NFL Football Season months only).
  • Taste of the Town - features recipes from its parent program, Talk of the Town.
  • Que Pasa Nashville? - focuses on happenings in the Latino community
  • Urban Outlook
  • Talk of the Town - encore presentations from the main channel
  • Newscasts
    • 4PM and 5PM newscasts (Weekdays, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively)
    • 6 PM newscasts (Weeknights at 9 p.m.)
    • 10PM newscasts (Monday-Friday mornings at 1:00 a.m.)


Middle Tennessee[edit]

Throughout Middle Tennessee, it is carried on Charter cable channel 182,[6] and on Comcast Channel 250. [7] In Clarksville and Montgomery County, it is carried on cable channel 50 via CDE Lightband.[8] In Macon County and northeastern Sumner County, WTVF-DT2 is carried on North Central Telephone Cooperative cable channel 7. In Columbia/Maury County, the station is also available on cable channel 6 on CPWS PowerNet Cable. [9] Other cable companies carrying WTVF-DT2 includes:

West Tennessee[edit]

WTVF-DT2 is available on Jackson EnergyAuthority’s EPlus Broadband Cable channel 198.[12]

Southern Kentucky[edit]

Time Warner Cable carries WTVF-DT2 on its systems in Hopkinsville, Christian County and Bowling Green, Warren County on channels 101 and 422, respectively. [13] In Barren County, the Glasgow Electric Plant Board and the South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative (SCRTC) both carry WTVF-DT2 on Glasgow EPB Channel 196, [14] and SCRTC channel 92. [15] The SCRTC carries the channel on both their Glasgow and Tompkinsville systems. Although Mediacom carries the main channel on its systems in Butler and Edmonson counties in Kentucky, WTVF-DT2 is not carried on those systems.

In Russellville, Kentucky, the station is viewed on Russellville (KY) Electric Plant Board cable channel 6.


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