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Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands
BrandingWCVI TV 23
SloganServing the U.S. Virgin Islands
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels23.1 Religious Independent (2018–present)
23.2 ABC
23.3 Light TV
OwnerFamily Broadcasting Corporation
(LeSEA Broadcasting of St. Croix, Inc.)
First air dateMay 16, 1997 (22 years ago) (1997-05-16)
Call letters' meaningChristiansted
Former callsignsWATU (1997)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
27 (UHF, 1997–2002)
39 (UHF, 2002–2009)
Former affiliationsUPN (1997–2006)
The CW (2006–2014)
LeSEA (2014–2018)
Transmitter power23.7 kW
Height130 m (427 ft)
Facility ID83304
Transmitter coordinates17°44′53″N 64°43′40″W / 17.74806°N 64.72778°W / 17.74806; -64.72778
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WCVI-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 23, is a religious independent television station serving the United States Virgin Islands that is licensed to Christiansted, Saint Croix. The station is owned by the Family Broadcasting Corporation (formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting). WCVI's transmitter is located on Estate Princess Hill.


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 City'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 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.[1] 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 U.S. Virgin Islands at the time of the transaction becoming final, but CW programming is seen on cable channel 13 via WSEE-DT2 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

WCVI-DT2 serves as the ABC affiliate for the Virgin Islands since the network ended its affiliation with WSVI-TV at the end of 2015. At the time, ABC announced that WCVI would become its new affiliate for the territory, although station management denied any knowledge of such an arrangement.[2] The station has since begun relaying a feed of WENY-TV in Elmira, New York provided to the area by Lilly Broadcasting through an agreement with ABC, with non-network timeslots largely filled by paid programming and Lilly's One Caribbean News.[3]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
23.1 720p 16:9 WCVI-HD Main WCVI programming
23.2 WCVI-D2 ABC
23.3 480i WCVI-D3 Light TV



  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Carlson, Suzanne (9 January 2016). "Where is ABC? 'Bachelor' fans want to know". Virgin Islands Daily News.
  3. ^ "WCVI Children's Television Programming Report, Q2 2018". FCC LMS.
  4. ^ RabbitEars.info Query for WCVI

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