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Kvue

KVUE
Austin, Texas
United States
Branding KVUE (general)
KVUE News (newscasts)
Slogan Where Trust is Earned. (general)
Austin's News Station (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Subchannels 24.1 ABC
24.2 Estrella TV
24.3 Justice Network
Affiliations ABC
Owner Tegna Media
(KVUE Television, Inc.)
First air date September 12, 1971
Call letters' meaning K-VUE, pronounced "k-view"
Sister station(s) WFAA, KHOU, KENS, KCEN-TV, KAGS-LD, KYTX, KBMT, KIII, KIDY, KXVA
Former channel number(s) Analog:
24 (UHF, 1971–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 376 m
Facility ID 35867
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kvue.com

KVUE, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 33), is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Austin, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Tegna, Inc. KVUE maintains studios located on Steck Avenue (Loop 1) in northwest Austin, and its transmitter is located on the West Austin Antenna Farm just west of downtown Austin (which it shares with KEYE-TV). Syndicated programming seen on KVUE includes Entertainment Tonight, Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Insider.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Digital television 2
    • Digital channels 2.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.2
  • News operation 3
    • Notable former on-air staff 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The station first signed on the air on September 12, 1971,[1] and was originally operated by Center Broadcasting Co. of Center, Texas (owned by Tolbert Foster). The station was the market's first full-time ABC affiliate; prior to KVUE's sign-on, the network's programming had previously been limited to off-hours clearances on KTBC (channel 7), which carried the network through a secondary affiliation with the network (all three networks of the time – ABC, NBC and CBS – had their programming shoehorned onto KTBC's schedule), though most of the market could pick up San Antonio's KSAT-TV with a decent antenna. Unlike most affiliates with the network in then two-station markets, KHFI-TV (channel 36, now KXAN-TV) did not take on a secondary affiliation with ABC when that station signed on in February 1965.

Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of The Detroit News, purchased KVUE from Center Broadcasting in 1978. The station was acquired by the Gannett Company in 1986 as part of its purchase of The Detroit News. In 1999, Gannett swapped KVUE to Belo Corporation in exchange for KXTV in Sacramento. Previously, Belo had established a Texas-based cable news channel, Texas Cable News (TXCN), a partnership amongst the company's Texas station properties, including KHOU-TV in Houston, WFAA-TV in Dallas and KENS-TV in San Antonio. With the addition of KVUE, TXCN could provide news and information from the four largest cities in Texas. On June 13, 2013, Gannett announced that it would acquire Belo for $1.5 billion.[2] The sale was completed on December 23,[3] which once again put KVUE under Gannett ownership and reunited the station with several of its sister stations for the first time in 14 years, as well as becoming a sister station to KXTV in Sacramento for the first time.

On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KVUE was retained by the latter company, named TEGNA.[4]

Digital television

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
24.1 720p 16:9 KVUE-DT Main KVUE programming / ABC
24.2 480i 4:3 NVUE-TV Estrella TV[6]
24.3 16:9 KVUE-3 Justice Network

Analog-to-digital conversion

KVUE shut down its analog signal on February 17, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12).[7] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33, using PSIP to display KVUE's virtual channel as 24 on digital television receivers.

KVUE is the only former Belo-owned ABC affiliate to broadcast its over-the-air signal in 720p (ABC's default HD format).

News operation

Previous KVUE News newscast title card used until 2012.

KVUE-TV presently broadcasts 31 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).

On June 1, 2008, KVUE began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. With the transition, KVUE became the first Austin area station to implement HD weather graphics and broadcast field reports in the 16:9 widescreen format.

Notable former on-air staff

References

  1. ^ "About Us". KVUE. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5B".  
  3. ^ Gannett Completes Its Acquisition of Belo, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 23 December 2013
  4. ^ "Separation of Gannett into two public companies completed | TEGNA". Tegna. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KVUE
  6. ^ "Four Belo Stations Grab Estrella TV". Broadcasting & Cable. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  7. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations

External links

  • Official website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KVUE
  • Query TV Fool's coverage map for KVUE
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVUE-TV
  • Program Information for KVUE at TitanTV.com
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