KIVI is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Treasure Valley area of Southwestern Idaho that is licensed to Nampa. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter at the top of the Bogus Basin ski area. Owned by Journal Communications, the station is sister to CW affiliate KNIN-TV and the two share studios on East Chisholm Drive in Nampa along I-84/U.S. 30/ID 55. Syndicatedprogramming on KIVI includes: Ellen, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. The station can also be seen in McCall on Class A analog translator K27DX channel 27 from a transmitter on Red Ridge along the Adams andValley County line.

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Nampa/Boise, Idaho
Branding KIVI: Today's Channel 6(general)

Today's 6 News KSAW: KSAW Channel 51

Slogan Touch Today's Channel 6

(general) Idaho's Most Award-Winning News.(news)

Channels Digital: 24 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 ABC

6.2 Mexicanal 6.3 TheCoolTV

Translators K27DX 27 McCall

KSAW-LD 51 Twin Falls

Owner Journal Communications

(Journal Broadcast Corporation)

First air date February 1, 1974
Call letters' meaning Idaho VI (Roman numeral 6)
Sister station(s) KNIN-TV, KRVB-FM 94.9,KQXR-FM 100.3, KJOT-FM 105.1, KTHI-FM 107.1, KGEM-AM 1140, KCID-AM 1490
Former callsigns KITC (1974-1975)

KIVI-TV (1975-1998) KIVI (1998-2009)

Former channel number(s) 6 (VHF analog, 1974-2009)
Transmitter power 589 kW
Height 858.1 m
Facility ID 59255
Transmitter coordinates 43°45′21″N 116°5′54″W

KSAW-LD in Twin Falls operates as a semi-satellite of KIVI. This broadcasts a low-powered digital signal on UHF channel 51 from a transmitter in Jerome. KSAW has studios on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls. It airs separate syndicated programming and commercials/station identifications. The station simulcasts all newscasts from KIVI and does not provide any coverage from Twin Falls.

Digital programming

On KIVI-DT2 and Cable One digital channel 456 is Mexicanal. In November 2010 Cable One added KIVI-DT3 TheCoolTV to digital channel 457. Both channels are carried in 480p digital format and aligned with KIVI-DT on Cable One HD digital channel 455.

Channel Name Programming
6.1 KIVI-DT main KIVI programming/ABC HD
6.2 KIVI-DT2 Mexicanal
6.3 KIVI-DT3 TheCoolTV


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.[3] Futura, in turn, sold the station to the Evening Post Publishing Company in 1981,[4] and Evening Post struck a deal to sell the station to current owner Journal in 2001,[5] 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.

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.[6][7] On November 10, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initially rejected the application.[8] Shortly afterward, Banks Broadcasting filed an appeal. The FCC reversed its decision to reject the deal on January 16, 2009.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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).[12][13] The merger was completed on April 1, 2015.[14][15] Scripps retained KIVI and the five radio stations, but not KNIN.[16] However, KIVI will continue to provide services and facilities to KNIN, which was sold to Raycom Media.[17][18]

News operation

The station currently ranks at a distant second place to KTVB (and sometimes third behind KBOI) in Nielsen ratings for all newscast periods.[1] 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.[2] 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 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.[3]

Newscast titles

  • Six News Service
  • The News
  • News Six
  • NewsWatch 6
  • Channel 6 News (1990s)
  • News Idaho (1990s–2002)
  • 6 On Your Side (2002–2005 & ?–2020)
  • Today's Channel 6 News (2005–?)
  • Today's 6 News
  • Today's 6 On Your Side
  • Idaho News 6 (2020–present)

Station slogans

  • We're Still Having Fun, TV-6's The One
  • TV-6's The One You Can Turn To (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 6 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We Belong Together and Together on Channel 6 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Something's Happening on Channel 6
  • Idaho's Watching KIVI
  • If It's Idaho, It Must Be Channel 6 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We Are Idaho (1997–2002)
  • 6 On Your Side (2002–2005)
  • Touch Today's Channel 6 (2005–?)
  • On Your Side
  • On Air, Online, On Mobile

News team


  • Matt Sizemore - weekday mornings
  • Michelle Edmonds - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
  • Don Nelson - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 also "The Rant" producer
  • Roland Beres -
  • Karen Lehr - weekends and reporter


  • Scott Dorval - chief meteorologist;
  • Rachael Garceau - meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Steve Liebenthal - meteorologist; also reporter


  • Madeline White
  • Jessica Taylor



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