|This article is outdated. (July 2013)|
|Port Arthur / Beaumont, Texas
|Branding||Fox 4 (general)
Fox 4 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Your Weather Authority (weather)|
|Channels||Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
4.2 Bounce TV
(operated under an LMA by
Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(Deerfield Media (Port Arthur) Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||October 22, 1957|
|Call letters' meaning||Beaumont TeleVision|
|Former callsigns||KPAC-TV (1957-1965)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1957-2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC (1957-2009)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KBTV-TV, channel 4, is the Fox affiliated television station serving the Beaumont / Port Arthur, Texas designated market area, and is licensed to Port Arthur. Owned by Deerfield Media and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, KBTV is the sister station to CBS affiliate, KFDM. KBTV's studios are located at KFDM's studios in Beaumont. The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 40, using its former analog assignment of channel 4 as its virtual digital channel via PSIP. It airs on channel 2 on cable systems in the immediate portion of the market. KBTV's high definition digital simulcast is now available on area cable systems and DirecTV and Dish Network.
Channel 4 signed on October 22, 1957 as KPAC-TV, an NBC affiliate owned by Texas Gulfcoast Television, Inc., itself jointly owned by Port Arthur College, owner of KPAC radio (1250 AM, now KDEI; and 98.5 FM, now KTJM), and the Jefferson Amusement Company. Port Arthur College sold its stake in the station to the Jefferson Amusement Company in 1965; as Port Arthur College retained the radio stations, channel 4 changed its call letters to KJAC-TV.
The station was the first in the area to broadcast in color, use video tape, and air live coverage of area high school football games. Among the original programming that originated at KPAC/KJAC's studios were wrestling, the kid's western show Cowboy John, afternoon Bingo, and the Circle 4 Club. During the 1950s, KPAC also had the only local teen dance program, Jive At Five. Both The Cowboy John Show and Jive At Five had "colored days", in which African-Americans were permitted to participate.
Jefferson Entertainment Company sold KJAC to Clay Communications in 1973; Clay, in turn, sold its television stations to Price Communications in 1987. Price sold most of its television stations (except for WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) to USA Broadcast Group in 1995; USA soon renamed itself U.S. Broadcast Group after a complaint from USA Network.
Nexstar Broadcasting purchased KJAC from U.S. Broadcast Group in 1998. The following year, the station took its present KBTV-TV callsign to align itself more with Beaumont, even though it is still licensed to Port Arthur. The call letters had previously been used by channel 9 in Denver, Colorado (now KUSA) and channel 8 in Dallas (now WFAA). KBTV-TV also shares its call letters with KBTV-CD channel 51 in Sacramento, California. To go along with the call change, KBTV moved from its Port Arthur studios to studios inside Parkdale Mall in Beaumont, where it remained until April 2013. The station was one of the few television stations in the country to have studios located inside a major shopping center.
In October 2008, Nexstar reached an agreement with Fox in which KBTV would become the new Fox affiliate for the Beaumont market. The move was made because Nexstar wanted to increase KBTV's news output. The affiliation switch took effect on January 1, 2009, ending KBTV's 51-year affiliation with NBC. This caused a shakeup in the market as NBC went to a digital subchannel of ABC affiliate KBMT, while KUIL-LP, which lost Fox, went independent at that time. The now-KUIL-LD has since become operated by KBMT and affiliated with MyNetworkTV.
Technically, KBTV is the third Fox affiliate to serve the area, as KVHP in Lake Charles served as the default Fox affiliate for the Beaumont/Port Arthur market until 2003, when KUIL was launched. It is also the fourth station in Texas to switch to Fox from a Big Three affiliation, as KLMG-TV in Longview switched from CBS to Fox in April 1991 (changing its call letters to KFXK), and KDFW-TV in Dallas and KTBC-TV in Austin both switched from CBS to Fox on July 1, 1995 as a result of the Fox/New World affiliation deal.
On February 2, 2009 at 2 p.m., a fire destroyed KBTV's old studios in Port Arthur at 2900 17th Street. Originally the station's home from its 1957 sign-on until 1999, the building primarily served after the move as a storage facility, though the station's doppler weather radar was still based there. The building was demolished a few months later.
Nexstar filed to sell KBTV-TV to Deerfield Media on August 22, 2012, making this Nexstar's first divestiture in the company's history. Upon the deal's completion, the station entered into a joint sales agreement and a shared services agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, making it a sister station to CBS affiliate KFDM. Deerfield Media is also involved in Sinclair's acquisition of stations from Newport Television; it acquired WSTR-TV and KMYS from Sinclair, but remain operated by them under similar agreements. The transaction was completed on December 3. 
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|4.1||720p||16:9||KBTV-HD||Main KBTV-TV programming / Fox|
KBTV-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 40. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.
|This section requires expansion with: Information on KBTV's news department prior to the affiliation switch to Fox. (May 2010)|
Currently, KBTV carries a total of 14 hours of local newscasts each week (2½ hours on weekdays, a half-hour on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays).
After KBTV affiliated with Fox, news was expanded from 1½ to three hours on weekday mornings, and the half-hour 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts were cancelled and replaced with an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast (other stations that have switched to Fox from a Big Three affiliation typically expand their early evening 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts to one hour to 1½ hours by adding an extra half-hour to fill the gap from Fox's lack of a national evening newscast). KBTV is also one of (at least) six Fox affiliate stations that carries a 4 p.m. newscast (along with WSVN in Miami, WTIC-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, KPTV in Portland, Oregon, WXIN in Indianapolis, Indiana and WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky). It also discontinued its 10 p.m. newscast, and moved it to 9 p.m. (and expanding it to one hour on weeknights), although some Fox affiliates in other markets maintain newscasts at both 9 and 10 p.m. KBTV has the distinction of being one of the smallest, if not the smallest Fox affiliate (in terms of market size) to carry late afternoon newscasts.
In September 2009, KBTV expanded its weekday morning newscast to three hours from 6-9 a.m.; the weekday morning newscast was cancelled a year later, replaced with syndicated programming. In September 2010, the 4 p.m. newscast was changed to a news/lifestyle format called Southeast Texas Live and a 5:30 p.m. newscast also debuted.
Since May 2013, KBTV's newscasts are produced by KFDM.
- "We're Watching Southeast Texas" (1990-1996)
- "Working to Make a Difference in Southeast Texas" (1996-1999)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (1999-2001)
- "Your Hometown News" (2001-2009)
- "Your Weather Authority" (weather slogan; 2009-present)
- Dan Gresham - weekday mornings on The Morning Show (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Chrissie Mouton -weekday mornings on "The Morning Show (7:00-9:00 a.m.)- formerly host of Southeast Texas Live
- James Ware - weekday mornings on The Morning Show (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Sheldra Brigham - weeknights at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.; also "Money Matters" segment producer
- Greg Kerr - weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Jennifer Gordy - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Nicole Murray - weekdays on Southeast Texas Live (3:00-4:00 p.m.)
Fox 4 Weather Authority
- Dana Melancon - chief meteorologist; weekday mornings on The Morning Show (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Greg Bostwick - meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.
- Kerry Cooper - meteorologist; weekends at 9:00 p.m.
- Mike Friedman - sports director; weeknights at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.
- Andrew Chernoff - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
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- "Nexstar Finance Holdings, L.L.C. SEC Form S-4 filing". EDGAR Online. September 5, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2010. "On January 12, 1998, Nexstar acquired substantially all of the assets of KFDX-TV, KBTV-TV and KSNF-TV from US Broadcast Group, LLC for approximately $64.3 million, exclusive of transaction costs."
- The News (Port Arthur): "Old Channel 4 building 'total loss' to fire", 2/2/2009.
- Radio-Info: "KBTV Old Port Arthur Studios Destroyed in Fire", 2/3/2009.
- "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
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- "Newport Sells 22 Stations For $1 Billion". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBTV-TV
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Meet the Team
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KBTV-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KBTV-TV