|Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange, Texas
Lake Charles, Louisiana
|Branding||12 KBMT ABC (general)
12 News HD (newscasts)
K-JAC: Your NBC
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||On Main RF12
12.3 Cozi TV
On Lower Power channels 27,36,43 and 44
|Translators||KVHP-LD 44 Jasper, TX
K27JJ 27 Warren, Texas
|First air date||June 18, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||BeauMonT|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1961-2009)
Digital: 50 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||18 kW ERP|
|Height||301 meters (988 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
KBMT is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Golden Triangle area Southeast Texas that is licensed to Beaumont. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter in Mauriceville. The station can also be seen on Time Warner channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 875. Owned by the Gannett Company, KBMT has studios along I-10/U.S. 69/U.S. 96/U.S. 287 in Beaumont. Syndicated programming on this station includes: Two and a Half Men, Everybody Loves Raymond, Judge Judy, and Dr. Oz.
KBMT originally transmitted on UHF channel 31, beginning on May 9, 1954 as the first television station to broadcast in the Golden Triangle. It carried ABC, CBS and NBC, but lost CBS when KFDM-TV went on the air in 1955. Since the FCC did not mandate television sets to use converters until 1964, KBMT went off the air on August 1, 1956.
KBMT's owners subsequently applied to move to channel 12 and began broadcasting on its new assigned channel on June 18, 1961 as an ABC affiliate. Before 1961, ABC had been relegated to limited clearances on KPAC-TV (now KBTV-TV) and KFDM-TV. The original owners were N.D. "Doug" Williams and Randolph Reed. Original tower site for the transmitter and antenna was Sabine Pass, south of Port Arthur (this due to KSLA in Shreveport, La). The transmitter and antenna were later moved to its current site near Mauriceville, Texas in the early 1960s with the antenna modified for a "directional" signal to prevent interference to KSLA's coverage area. The station was later sold to Cowles Broadcasting in 1965, H&C Communications in 1980, McKinnon Broadcasting in 1991, and present owner London Broadcasting in 2009. On January 1, 2009, KBMT added NBC programming on digital subchannel 12.2. This came after KBTV, which previously held the affiliation, switched to Fox. This in turn caused former affiliate KUIL-LP (now KUIL-LD) to go Independent. In a ten-year deal with London Broadcasting, KBMT began to manage the programming of that station. On July 6, 2010, the station launched Azteca América on a new 4th digital subchannel becoming the first Spanish-language television station offered in the Golden Triangle. That channel was dropped in early 2013 in favor of MundoFOX. Due to a realignment, 4 digital channels are carried on the main 12 signal while the other two (12.5 MyTX and 12.6 MundoFOX) are carried via the lowpower stations (except in Jasper where KVHP-LD on 44 carries the main RF12 signal with ABC, NBC, COZI and MeTV).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|12.1||720p||16:9||KBMT-A||Main KBMT programming / ABC|
|12.2||K-JAC||KBMT-DT2 / NBC|
|12.5||MYTX||KUIL-LD / MyNetworkTV|
KBMT shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 50 to VHF channel 12 for post-transition operations.
Note: KUIL-LD's subchannels map to 12.5 and 12.6.
KBMT launched its news operation in 1962. On September 16, 2009, several changes occurred in the newscast lineup. The weekday morning show, Good Morning Southeast Texas, began simulcasting on both the ABC and NBC channels while becoming a full two-hour broadcast. There began to be a half-hour newscast weekday mornings at 11:30 on KBMT-DT2. The NBC channel also launched a weeknight show at 6:30 and begin to simulcast the main channel's weeknight 10 o'clock news. Originally, there was only a separate short news and weather update at that time. KBMT-DT2 does not offer local newscasts on weekends unlike the main channel. On April 28, 2010, KBMT became the first in the market to air local news in high definition.
- Your Esso Reporter (1962-1965)
- Television 12 Reports (1965-1973)
- TV-12 News (1973-1977)
- Action 12 News (1977-1983)
- Eyewitness News (1983-1993)
- Channel 12 News (1993-1997)
- KBMT 12 News (1997-2010)
- 12 News (2010-present)
- "Hello Southeast Texas, Channel 12 and You" (1980s-1991, used when station featured Frank Gari's "Hello News")
- "The News Station of Southeast Texas" (1991–1998)
- "More Local News for Southeast Texas" (1998–2001)
- "Southeast Texas' First Choice for More Local News" (2001–2007, primary slogan)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (2001–2007, secondary slogan)
- "We Believe in More Local News" (2007–2011)
- "Expect More" (2011–present)
- Tracy Kennick - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m. on KBMT 12.1/12.2 and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KUIL-LD MyTX)
- Greg Picazo - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m. on KBMT 12.1/12.2 and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KUIL-LD MyTX)
- Jackie Simien - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Kevin Steele - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Angel San Juan - weeknights at 6:30 p.m. (KBMT-DT2 NBC), weeknight nightside reporter at 10:00 p.m.
- Mary Sturgill - weekdays at noon (KBMT-DT2 NBC), weeknights at 6:30 p.m. (KBMT-DT2 NBC)
- Erika Harris - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Patrick Vaughn - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 (KBMT-DT2 NBC) and 10:00 p.m.
- David Wolter - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Jeff Gerber - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 on KBMT 12.1/12.2 and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KUIL-LD MyTX) and weekdays at noon (KBMT-DT2 NBC)
- Dave Hofferth - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 6:30 (KBMT-DT2 NBC) and 10:00 p.m., also host of Sports Blitz
- Ashly Elam - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Vanessa Holmes
- Adam Wright
- Agustin Garfias
- Brittany Rainville
Notable former staff
- John Hambrick
- Bill Macatee (now CBS sportscaster for tennis and golf)
- Ben McCain (now an actor/producer and reporter for Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles)
- Van Earl Wright - weekend sports anchor
- John Ireland (now co-host of "Mason and Ireland" on KSPN Los Angeles)
- Tom Terry (now Chief Meteorologist at WFTV/WRDQ, Orlando, FL)
- Amy Davis - anchor/reporter (now an investigative reporter at KPRC-TV in Houston)
- Bill Huston - anchor in the 1970s (later an anchor on CNN)
- Becky Barnette - partner with Bill Huston in the 70s (they were parodied for their back and forth newscast with each saying the other's name as they finished their read)
- Telecasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1957–58 (PDF). 1957. p. 234. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Texas U Suspends Operation". Broadcasting-Telecasting. July 30, 1956. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- Gannett Completes London Broadcasting Buy, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 8 July, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBMT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Meet the 12 News and Weather Team
- KBMT channel 12
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KBMT
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVHP-LD