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Charlotte, North Carolina
Branding WTVI
Slogan Community. Television.
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 42 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Broadcasting Authority
First air date August 27, 1965
Call letters’ meaning TeleVision Information
Former channel number(s) Analog:
42 (1965-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1965-1970)
Transmitter Power 2.2 kW
Height 363 m
Facility ID 10645
Transmitter Coordinates 35°17′14″N 80°41′45″W / 35.28722°N 80.69583°W / 35.28722; -80.69583

WTVI is a PBS member station based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The station broadcasts on digital channel 11 (virtual channel 42). It is the only public television station in North Carolina that's not operated by UNC-TV, and one of three serving Charlotte (UNC-TV's WUNG and SCETV's WNSC-TV are the others). The only other PBS station between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta that's not part of a statewide network is Hampton Roads' WHRO-TV.

The station first signed on August 27, 1965[1]; at first, it was owned by the local board of education. WTVI's original station manager was Donna Lee Davenport, who was also instrumental in creating the station. In 1982, WTVI's license was transferred to the not-for-profit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Broadcasting Authority, making the station community-owned.

In 2000, WTVI began digital broadcasting on VHF channel 11, and added 4 additional virtual channels, including one High-Definition channel. WTVI was the first high-definition production television station in Charlotte.

WTVI is aired on cable channel 5 in Charlotte and surrounding areas, channel 4 in Kannapolis and Metrolina, and channel 9 in York and Lancaster counties (the area's actual channel 9, WSOC-TV, is seen on cable channel 4). It is seen on cable as far as Troy in Montgomery County. That county is part of the Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem market.

The call letters were first used by a station broadcasting on UHF channel 54 in St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1950s, eventually becoming KTVI channel 2.

Digital programming

Although the DTV Delay Act permitted waiting until June 12, 2009 to switch, WTVI began broadcasting only a digital signal on the original transition date of February 17, 2009.

WTVI's digital channel is multiplexed among 3 subchannels:

  • 42.1: WTVI-TV: A high-definition feed of WTVI and PBS programming in 1080i resolution
  • 42.2: WTVI-CV: "The Civic Channel" - Local and public-affairs programming in 480i resolution
  • 42.3: WTVI-Create: Create, a high-definition instructional network, though only available in 480i standard definition on WTVI

Before February 17, 2009, WTVI's digital channel configuration was:

  • 42.1: Simulcast of WTVI standard-definition programming
  • 42.2: WTVI-CV: "The Civic Channel" - Local and public-affairs programming
  • 42.3: WTVI-Create: Create, a high-definition instructional network
  • 42.4: WTVI-Kids: PBS Kids
  • 42.5: WTVI-HD: High-definition PBS programming


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