Jellico/Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
CityJellico, Tennessee
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 54
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
Subchannels54.1: Ion Television (O&O)
54.2: Court TV
54.3: Laff
54.4: Court TV Mystery
54.5: HSN
54.6: QVC
OwnerIon Media Networks
(a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company)
(Ion Television License, LLC)
First air date
January 1993 (28 years ago) (1993-01)
Former call signs
WPMC (1993–1998)
Former channel number(s)
54 (UHF, 1993–2009)
23 (UHF, until 2019)
HSN (1993–1998, now on DT6)
Qubo (2007–2021)
Ion Plus
Ion Shop (2012–2021)
Call sign meaning
PaX TV Knoxville
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID52628
ERP1,000 kW[1]
HAAT512.5 m (1,681 ft)[1]
Transmitter coordinates36°0′19″N 83°56′23″W / 36.00528°N 83.93972°W / 36.00528; -83.93972Coordinates: 36°0′19″N 83°56′23″W / 36.00528°N 83.93972°W / 36.00528; -83.93972[1]
Public license information

WPXK-TV, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 18), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated station serving Knoxville, Tennessee, United States that is licensed to the town of Jellico near the Kentucky state line. The station is owned by the Ion Media Networks subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. WPXK-TV's studios are located on Executive Park Drive (near I-40/I-75) in west Knoxville, and its transmitter is located on Sharp's Ridge in North Knoxville, on a tower shared with ABC affiliate WATE-TV (channel 6). Despite Jellico being WPXK-TV's city of license, the station maintains no physical presence there.

On cable, WPXK-TV is available on Charter Spectrum channel 4 in both standard and high definition, as well as Comcast Xfinity channels 3 (SD) and 1003 (HD), WOW! channels 3 (SD) and 900 (HD), and AT&T U-verse channels 54 (SD) and 1054 (HD).

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
54.1 720p 16:9 ION Main WPXK-TV programming / Ion Television
54.2 480i CourtTV Court TV
54.3 Laff Laff
54.4 Mystery Court TV Mystery
54.5 QVC QVC
54.6 HSN HSN

Analog-to-digital conversion

WPXK-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54, 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.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 54, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


  1. ^ a b c "Modification of a DTV Station Construction Permit Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXK
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.