KPVI-DT is the local NBC-affiliated television station for Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho. Licensed to Pocatello, it broadcasts a digital signal on channel 23. The station is owned by Northwest Broadcasting.
KPVI's transmitter is located on a mountain top about four miles (7 km) ENE of the Pocatello city limits. This location was chosen because of possible interference from KIVI-TV in Boise, which also broadcast its analog signal on channel 6. At one time, KPVI and KIVI were sister stations (hence the Roman numerals) with the same affiliation (ABC, until 1996). KPVI broadcast its analog signal at 100 kW.
KPVI signed on April 26, 1974 as an ABC affiliate. It was originally owned by Eastern Idaho Television Corporation, which also owned sister station KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho. Previously, ABC had been carried on a shared basis by both CBS affiliate KID-TV (now KIDK) and NBC affiliate KIFI-TV. Idaho Television Company sold both KPVI and sister station KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho to Futura Titanium Corporation in 1977. Futura sold the station to Ambassador Media in 1983. In November 1995, Sunbelt Communications Company, now known as Intermountain West Communications Company (owner of NBC stations KVBC (now KSNV-DT) in Las Vegas, KRNV in Reno and KYMA in Yuma, Arizona) purchased KPVI and satellite stations KJVI (now KJWP) in Jackson, Wyoming and KKVI (now KXTF) in Twin Falls.
The three stations remained with ABC until January 1996 when KPVI and KJVI switched to NBC, swapping affiliations with KIFI. Since NBC programming in Twin Falls was provided by Boise NBC affiliate KTVB via translator, KKVI switched from ABC to Fox. KJVI, which became KJWY several months later, remained a semi-satellite of KPVI until it was sold to PMCM TV, LLC in 2009. As a result of the sale to Sunbelt, the station moved in the mid-1990s from a smaller downtown facility to a newly remodeled facility on East Sherman Street. Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon was the guest of honor at the official grand opening of the facility.
Intermountain West Communications Company reached a deal to sell KPVI and KXTF to Idaho Broadcast Partners in June 2013; Idaho Broadcast Partners is a subsidiary of Frontier Radio Management. The sale was completed on May 13, 2014.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|6.1||1080i||16:9||KPVI-HD||Main KPVI-DT programming / NBC|
KPVI shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, 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 23. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.
Due to an ailing economy in January 2011, KPVI announced significant layoffs affecting people in every department at the station, including twelve members of the station's news department. In addition to personnel cuts, the station also eliminated all weekend newscasts. The announcement of layoffs came nearly a week after former news director and main anchor, Brenda Baumgartner announced her resignation. Baumgartner's co-anchor and assistant news director, Todd Blackinton took over as the new news director at the station. The changes at KPVI came less than a month after CBS affiliate KIDK said they would lay off 27 of its 43 employees as they entered a staff-sharing agreement with ABC affiliate KIFI-TV.
KPVI produced KPVI on Fox News at 9, a weeknight 9PM newscast seen on local Fox affiliate KFXP and its sister station, KXTF in Twin Falls. However, the newscast was discontinued on July 1, 2012, when KFXP and KXTF's Fox affiliations ended. The news broadcast for KFXP moved to 5:30 pm effective on Monday, July 2, 2012.
These translators are either owned and operated by KPVI or by local governments or television associations.