|Greater Los Angeles|
|City of license||Oxnard, California|
|Channels||Digital: 24 (UHF)|
|Translators||KSBT-LD 32 Santa Barbara|
|Owner||HERO Broadcasting, LLC
(HERO License Company, LLC)
|First air date||August 17, 1985|
|Call letters' meaning||Robert BEHar
(president of Bela, LLC)
|Former callsigns||KTIE (1985-1988)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
63 (UHF, 1985-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1985-1995)
Spanish independent (2004-2006)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KBEH digital channel 24.1 (virtual channel 63.1) is an CNN Latino affiliate serving the Los Angeles television market. It is licensed to Oxnard, California, and is owned by HERO Broadcasting. It used to be a UPN affiliate for Santa Barbara from 1995 to 2002 and an English-language independent from 2002 until May 2004.
On January 28, 2012 CNN Latino programming launched on KBEH air in Los Angeles. CNN Latino is a new brand extension that targets the growing and diverse U.S. Hispanic market, delivering a broad spectrum of programming that will cover news, lifestyle, documentary, talk and debate as an alternative to traditional Hispanic networks. The channel will launch with a branded programming block of eight hours of customized content. CNN Latino will broadcast in Los Angeles on KBEH-DT CHANNEL 63, which is owned by Hero Broadcasting, and can be seen throughout the Los Angeles area, reaching more than 14 million people. KBEH-DT CHANNEL 63 will carry CNN Latino from 3pm-11pm (PT) and will include a locally produced debate show, along with unique lifestyle, documentary and talk programs and will engage with its audience through social media, local events and website. CNN Latino and its affiliate stations will have their own dedicated section on the world-wide Spanish-language site *CNNeE website.
The station went on the air in August 1985 as independent KTIE. It was the first TV station to operate in Ventura County, California, since Ventura's KKOG-TV (channel 16) left the air in 1969. The original owner, Don Sterling (not the Clippers owner), fighting ongoing losses, sold the station in 1988 to billionaire Meshulam Riklis, then husband of Pia Zadora. Riklis changed the calls to KADY-TV in honor of daughter Kady, who in turn was named for the character Zadora played in Butterfly, financed by Riklis, a role which won Zadora the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Riklis infused capital to build up the station, but it remained unprofitable.
Riklis achieved his wealth by inventing complicated paper schemes like junk bonds and leveraged buyouts. As Riklis' empire began to unravel, KADY-TV was part of settlements. The subsequent company, E-II Holdings (a group of jilted Riklis investors), discovered this was an unprofitable venture and essentially bailed out on the operation. The next owner was John Huddy, previously the general manager under Riklis. Huddy is the father of Juliet Huddy, hostess of The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, who also worked at the station and eventually married the news director, Dan Green. How John Huddy, a former entertainment critic for The Miami Herald and executive producer for Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, came to own a television station was never clear. While Huddy made some innovative moves, he did not have the financial resources to operate at a loss. One of his improvements to KADY was making it one of the original affiliates of UPN in January 1995, and another was to duplicate the signal on the Central Coast using leased time on San Luis Obispo's KADE (channel 33; now KTAS). Huddy, in the name of KADY, left bad debts throughout the area business community, including $4 million to Don Sterling, the original owner and still the building's landlord. After lying in bankruptcy court in July 1996, the property was immediately seized. Afterwards, Huddy became a successful author of a "True Crime" bestseller.
After a transitional period under court supervision with John Hyde acting as trustee, a sale to Biltmore Broadcasting was arranged in November 1997 . The UPN affiliation, while serving a portion of the market designated to UPN flagship KCOP came under network criticism. In 2002, KADY dropped the UPN affiliation and became an independent station again. Among the shows seen on the station was a rebroadcast of the local newscasts of Santa Barbara-based KEYT-TV. KADY also debuted on DirecTV in the Los Angeles area.
In 2004, Blitmore sold the station to Bela, LCC, a Florida-based Spanish-language broadcaster. As a result, in May 2004, channel 63 became KBEH, an independent Spanish-language station. To expand the station's coverage area, KBEH began identifying as Oxnard-Los Angeles, and has gained coverage on local cable systems. One year later, when MTV Tr3s launched, Bela flipped KBEH, KMOH, and KEJR to it. With such a move, KBEH and KMOH became the network's lone full-power affiliates.
KBEH was one of four independent stations broadcasting at least part of its program schedule in Spanish. Since 2007, KBBC-TV (now KVME-TV), licensed to Bishop California and carried as part of the Los Angeles DirecTV coverage, has emerged as a new Spanish/English station for the Los Angeles TV market.
Bela Broadcasting sold KBEH to HERO Broadcasting in January 2008.
KBEH airs the entire Tr3s schedule, with no local programming but local station identification inserts every hour, and in some overnight hours airs Liquidation Channel home shopping instead of Tr3s's late night video block.
Because of its original transmitter location South Mountain near Santa Paula in Ventura County, KBEH's signal only provided spotty coverage into Los Angeles County. To overcome this, KBEH employed a low-power booster station KBEH1 to broadcast its signal into Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The analog (and later digital) booster was discontinued in November 2009 when KBEH commenced using its maximum-power facilities at Mt. Harvard (a peak adjacent to Mount Wilson). It is also seen in Santa Barbara over-the-air on KSBT-LD channel 32 and on local cable systems.
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