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KIVI-TV Idaho News 6 logo.png
Nampa/Boise, Idaho
United States
CityNampa, Idaho
ChannelsDigital: 24 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
BrandingIdaho News 6
SloganOn Air, Online, On Mobile
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
First air date
February 1, 1974 (46 years ago) (1974-02-01)
Former call signs
KITC (1974–1975)
KIVI (1998–2009)
Former channel number(s)
6 (VHF, 1974–2009)
DT2: Untamed Sports TV
Call sign meaning
Idaho and VI (Roman numeral 6)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID59255
ERP736 kW
HAAT858.1 m (2,815 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°45′20.8″N 116°5′57″W / 43.755778°N 116.09917°W / 43.755778; -116.09917
Translator(s)3 (VHF) K03ET-D Garden Valley
16 (UHF) K16JZ-D McDermitt, NV
27 (UHF) K27DX-D McCall
53 (UHF) K53EF-D Garden Valley
Public license information

KIVI-TV, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 24), is an ABC-affiliated television station serving Boise, Idaho, United States that is licensed to Nampa. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, which also operates Caldwell-licensed Fox affiliate KNIN-TV (channel 9, which was directly co-owned with KIVI from 2009 to 2015) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner Gray Television. The two stations share studios on East Chisholm Drive in Nampa (along I-84/US 30/SH-55); KIVI-TV's transmitter is located at the Bogus Basin ski area summit in unincorporated Boise County.

KSAW-LD (channel 6) in Twin Falls operates as a semi-satellite of KIVI extending the ABC signal into the Magic Valley. As such, it clears all network programming as provided through its parent and simulcasts some of KIVI's newscasts, but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate evening newscasts originating from KIVI's studios, as well as separate station identifications and commercial inserts targeting the Magic Valley. Although KSAW's master control and most internal operations are based at KIVI's Nampa studio facility, KSAW does maintain a small advertising sales office in the Blue Lakes Office Park on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls.


Station logo in 1977.
Station logo in 1977.
Former logo used from 2002 until 2005.
Former logo used from 2002 until 2005.

The station signed on February 1, 1974 with the call sign KITC (the callsign standing for "Idaho Television Company", for the station's original owner) and was Boise's third commercial station. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 6 and immediately took on an ABC affiliation. Prior to the station's launch, the network was split between CBS affiliate KBOI-TV (channel 2) and NBC station KTVB (channel 7), with programing from ABC being carried on both outlets in off-hours. Although Boise had been large enough since the 1950s to support three full network affiliates, the difficulty of building a translator network to serve this vast and mountainous market scared off many prospective owners until the late 1960s.

In 1975, KITC changed calls to KIVI-TV for the first time but would ultimately drop the -TV suffix in 1998. Idaho Television Company sold KIVI and its then-sister KPVI in Pocatello to Futura Titanium Corporation in 1977.[1] Futura, in turn, sold the station to the Evening Post Publishing Company in 1981,[2] and Evening Post struck a deal to sell the station to Milwaukee-based Journal Communications in 2001,[3] with the deal closing in 2002.

KKVI in Twin Falls was the Magic Valley's original ABC affiliate through its status as a full-powered satellite of KPVI in Pocatello. In January 1996, the parent station switched affiliations to NBC. Since that network was already seen in Twin Falls through KTVB's low-powered semi-satellite KTFT-LP, KKVI became that area's first full-time Fox affiliate as KXTF. Fox was previously seen on that station off-hours in a secondary nature. Due to the network changes in Twin Falls, KIVI's owner purchased K68CO and turned it into a low-powered semi-satellite as KSAW-LP.

Former logo used from 2015 until 2017.
Former logo used from 2015 until 2017.

On July 1, 2008 it was reported Banks Broadcasting had agreed to sell KNIN to Journal Communications (owner of KIVI) which would create Boise's first television duopoly.[4][5] On November 10, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initially rejected the application.[6] Shortly afterward, Banks Broadcasting filed an appeal. The FCC reversed its decision to reject the deal on January 16, 2009.[7] The purchase closed on April 24, at which point KNIN vacated its longtime studios on West Bannock Street in downtown Boise and was integrated into KIVI's facilities in Nampa.[8]

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that E. W. Scripps Company would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm retained the companies' broadcast holdings and spun off their print assets as Journal Media Group.[9] Originally, KIVI-TV, KNIN-TV and five radio stations were not included in the merger; in September, Journal filed to transfer these stations to Journal/Scripps Divestiture Trust (with Kiel Media Group as trustee).[10][11] The merger was completed on April 1, 2015.[12][13] Scripps retained KIVI and the five radio stations, but not KNIN.[14] However, KIVI continues to provide services and facilities to KNIN, which was sold to Raycom Media and is now owned by Gray Television.[15][16]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[17]
6.1 720p 16:9 KIVI DT Main KIVI-TV programming / ABC
6.2 480i 4:3 LAFF Laff
6.3 Escape Court TV Mystery
6.4 Bounce Bounce TV
6.5 16:9 CourtTV Court TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KIVI shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, on June 19, 2009, one week later. All of Journal's television stations (including KIVI) added or regained the -TV suffix. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24.[18] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.


In addition to KSAW-LD, KIVI-TV is rebroadcast on two low-powered translators in the Garden Valley, Idaho area as well as McCall, Idaho and McDermitt, Nevada.[19]

City Callsign
Garden Valley K03ET-D
McDermitt, Nevada K16JZ-D
McCall, Idaho K27DX-D
Garden City K53EF-D


Syndicated programming on KIVI includes Access Hollywood, The Rachael Ray Show, and TMZ Live.

News operation

Logo from 2017 to 2020
Logo from 2017 to 2020

The station currently ranks at a distant second place to KTVB (and sometimes third behind KBOI) in Nielsen ratings for all newscast periods.[20] Until July 2010, KIVI aired an hour-long broadcast weeknights at 6 along with KBOI. The 6:30 portion was eventually dropped as a result of low viewership in the comparative time slot.[21] Following Journal's acquisition of KNIN, KIVI began producing a weeknight prime time newscast on that station. Known as Today's 6 News on K9, the show was seen for thirty minutes and competed with a nightly half-hour newscast on then RTV affiliate KYUU-LP (which was produced by KBOI).

In January 2011, KIVI upgraded its local newscasts to 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen with the KNIN show being included in the change. Although not true high definition level, broadcasts match the aspect ratio of HD television screens. Corresponding with KNIN's affiliation switch to Fox in September 2011, its prime time show became known as Fox 9 News at 9 and initially featured separate news anchors but shared other personnel with KIVI.

The prime time show was also expanded to an hour on weeknights and added a weekend edition. Around the same time, the station's logo coloring was changed from gold, maroon and silver to red, white and blue; this was to allow the station to utilize the same standardized Renderon graphics package used by Journal's Milwaukee flagship WTMJ-TV and other company-owned stations.

Although most semi-satellites of another station provide some coverage of their home territory (in this case, the state of Idaho), until 2020, KSAW did not produce any local inserts for the Magic Valley during KIVI's newscasts since there were no news-related personnel locally based out of their Twin Falls offices. On April 13, 2020, following the hiring of three Twin Falls-based reporters, KSAW launched separate evening newscasts, which are produced and anchored out of KIVI; morning and weekend newscasts continue to be simulcast on both stations. Concurrently, KIVI and KSAW rebranded from 6 On Your Side to Idaho News 6.[22]


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  3. ^ "Journal Broadcast buys Boise TV station - Milwaukee - Milwaukee Business Journal". Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  4. ^ JS Online: NewsWatch
  5. ^ Staff. "Journal Broadcast Doubling Up in Boise".
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  7. ^ "KTVB.COM: FCC gives OK for Channel 6 to buy Channel 9". Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  8. ^ Weprin, Alex (2009-04-24). "Journal Closes on KNIN | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  9. ^ Glauber, Bill (30 July 2014). "Journal, Scripps deal announced". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Description of the Proposed Transaction". Federal Communications Commission. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Scripps, Journal Merger Complete".
  13. ^ Staff. "Scripps, Journal Communications Complete Merger And Spinoff". Archived from the original on 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  14. ^ FCC Internet Services Staff. "Application View ... Redirecting".
  15. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  16. ^ Raycom closes On KNIN Boise Purchase - TVNewsCheck
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  18. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
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  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2010-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Day, Don (April 8, 2020). "Local news outlet set to expand coverage, staff". BoiseDev. Retrieved April 10, 2020.

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