|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)|
|Branding||Univision Orlando (general)|
Noticias Univision Florida Central (newscasts)
|Owner||Univision Communications |
(UniMas Orlando, Inc.)
First air date
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
Call sign meaning
|Ven (Spanish for "come")|
|HAAT||492 m (1,614 ft)|
|Translator(s)||WRCF-CD 29 (16 UHF) Orlando|
Public license information
WVEN-TV, virtual channel 43 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station serving Orlando, Florida, United States that is licensed to Melbourne. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. WVEN-TV's studios are located on Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs, and its transmitter is located in unincorporated Bithlo, Florida. The station's studios are shared with Daytona Beach-licensed UniMás affiliate WOTF-TV (channel 26), owned by Entravision Communications.
WRCF-CD (channel 29) in Orlando operates as a low-power, Class A translator of WVEN-TV.
For the history of the channel 43 allocation prior to 2017, see WOTF-TV.
The station was assigned on February 9, 1987 with the call sign of WLSY. On December 10 of that year, the call sign was changed to WAYQ. In 1988, Beach TV Partners signed on WAYQ at channel 26 as a simulcast of Melbourne's WAYK, giving them a signal in Daytona Beach. In early August 1990, owner Beach Television Partners based in Vero Beach filed for Chapter 11 reorganization over an inability to renegotiation loan payment schedule. At the time, the station was only carried part-time on CableVision of Central Florida, Orlando's major cable system. WAYK was affiliated with the Beach TV investor, Harry Handley, who founded the Star Television Network. The network launched in September 1990 only to close down on January 14, 1991.
In 1992, WAYK and WAYQ were both sold to Robert Rich, who changed their format to feature more paid programming. The two stations' callsigns were respectively changed to WIRB and WNTO on July 22, 1996.
In 1996, the two stations were split up with Paxson Communications acquiring WIRB (whose call letters would be changed to the present day WOPX-TV), while WNTO was purchased by Entravision Communications. On November 23, 2000, WVEN became the station's call sign and the station also affiliated with Univision.
On December 4, 2017, as part of a channel swap made by Entravision Communications, WVEN and sister station WOTF swapped channel numbers, with WVEN moving from digital channel 49 and virtual channel 26 to digital and virtual channel 43.
On October 13, 2021, Univision announced it would take over operation of WVEN and WOTF, as well as Tampa Bay Univision affiliate WVEA-TV, effective January 1, 2022, coinciding with the end of licensing agreements on December 31, 2021.
WVEN produces evening newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. newscast under the Noticias Univision Florida Central (formerly Noticias Univision Orlando until 2010), along with local news updates that are broadcast on weekday mornings during Univision's morning news program Despierta América under the title Despierta Orlando. WVEN partners with sister radio station WNUE-FM, providing them with news briefs and breaking news events as they warrant.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|43.1||720p||16:9||WVEN-TV||Main WVEN-TV programming / Univision|
|43.4||Mystery||Court TV Mystery|
WVEN-TV ended programming on its analog signal, on UHF channel 26, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 49. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 26.