|Channels||Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
|Owner||Venture Technologies Group, LLC
(sale to Fox Television Stations pending)
(World Television of Washington, LLC)
|Founded||February 10, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||K
|Former callsigns||KEGA (February–October 1989)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
24 (UHF, 1989-2009)
|Former affiliations||ACN (1989-2004)
|Transmitter power||165 kW|
KBCB is a television station in Bellingham, Washington, which airs on digital UHF channel 19, though through PSIP the station appears as 24.1 and 24.2. It is carried on Comcast, Dish Network, and Verizon FiOS and a strong over-the-air signal that blankets Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC.
The station signed on as KEGA on February 10, 1989. It gained its current call-sign on October 2, 1989.
Until 2006, KBCB aired a mix of Independent/ImaginAsian targeted towards the Vancouver area. In that year the station converted to an affiliation with ShopNBC. The network became ShopHQ in 2013. The station's only current local program is a weekly Monday morning brokered programming show highlighting events and businesses in downtown Bellingham's Depot Market Square, with episodes of The Cartoon Factory airing throughout the week to comply with FCC E/I requirements.
On August 1, 2011, KBCB added the Spanish language network Estrella TV as a subchannel.
On September 19, 2014, Venture Technologies reached an agreement to sell the station to Fox Television Stations for $10 million; the purchase was submitted for FCC approval on October 3. The purchase comes amid speculation that Fox was interested in having an owned-and-operated station in the home market of the Seattle Seahawks football team, whose games primarily air on Fox as members of the National Football Conference. Fox made similar moves in other NFC markets, purchasing the network affiliate serving the San Francisco Bay Area, where the 49ers play, as well as a station in Charlotte, North Carolina, home to the Carolina Panthers. On September 23, Tribune Broadcasting stated that it had been notified by Fox that its affiliation with KCPQ would be terminated as of January 17, 2015 (the day before the NFC Championship Game), but discussions between the two companies were still ongoing.
On October 17, 2014, Fox announced that it had reached a deal to maintain its affiliation with KCPQ through July 2018—agreeing to a reverse compensation arrangement. With this development, Fox's future intent for KBCB remains unknown.
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KBCB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 24, on February 17, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19, using PSIP to display KBCB's virtual channel as 24 on digital television receivers.
- "ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT dated as of September 19, 2014 by and among WORLD TELEVISION OF WASHINGTON, LLC, FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC. and VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". Federal Communications Commission. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Fox targets Tribune’s Fox affiliation in Seattle over NFL revenues". New York Post. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Malone, Michael (September 23, 2014). "Fox Gives Tribune Termination Notice For Seattle Affiliate". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
- "Tribune To Keep KCPQ And Fox Affiliation". TVNewsCheck. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBCB
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
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