|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)|
|Owner||River City Broadcasters, Inc.|
|Former callsigns||K55FS (1992-1996)
|Former channel number(s)||55, 5|
|Former affiliations||Pax (2001-2005)
UATV (secondary, to 5/2006)
ION Television (2007-2008)
AMGTV (on DT2, 2010)
Estrella TV (2010)
|Transmitter power||2.7 kW|
KCTU-LD, channel 43, is a digital low-power television station in Wichita, Kansas. It is locally-owned by River City Broadcasters and has affiliations with ThisTV, Untamed Sports and FamilyNet. The station also produces some local public affairs programming, Your Hour (a news magazine).
|Channel||PSIP short name||Programming|
|43.3||Untamed Sports TV|
* This subchannel briefly aired Weigel Broadcasting's Me-TV for one week in January 2011 until the station and Weigel failed to come to terms on a contract. (The Me-TV affiliation in the market would eventually be picked up by one of the digital subchannels of KAKE.)
During 2010, KCTU also offered Estrella TV on one of its subchannels; however, the station soon after withdrawn the channel from its lineup, mainly due to complaints about one of the networks shows.
From 2001 to 2008, KCTU aired programming from ION Television (as well as the predecessor Pax and i networks). Because of the local programs and other network affiliations (including one with Urban America Television before its shutdown in May 2006), the station did not air as many infomercials as most ION affiliates.
KCTU was nominated for a Heartland Emmy Award for Best Dayside Newscast in 2005, reportedly the first such nomination for an English-language low power station in a Nielsen Top 160 market. The station received a second nomination in 2010 for news graphics.
The station's website says that KCTU is soliciting a buyer for the station, as of January 2014.
KCTU vs. Cox
Being a low-powered station, KCTU is not available on Cox cable. According to KCTU, the station presented the cable system with a petition from 6000 subscribers and community leaders to carry the station. Cox refused to grant KCTU channel space for free. According to KCTU, Cox increased their lease fee to $70,264 per month. This has led KCTU to encourage Cox subscribers to keep demanding that they pick up the channel, and to watch the station over-the-air and on the internet.
On June 28, 2011, KCTU began carriage on AT&T U-Verse, which had previously carried all the other low-power stations in the market.
Cox is not obligated to carry KCTU under "must-carry" regulations as they do not currently apply to low-powered stations.
On May 10, 2007, principals of KCTU doing business as N&H Publishing Corp. announced they were new owners of the Wichita City Paper. Planned topics will be similar to those of the local shows: local news, consumer news, religion, and veterans' issues. Formerly in The Prospector, the local television program guide will now appear in the Wichita City Paper.
- GLAAD: "AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Two Affiliates Drop ‘José Luis Sin Censura’/AT&T, Time Warner Cable y Dos Estaciones de TV Retiran a ‘José Luis Sin Censura’", June 2, 2011.
- Wichita Business Journal, February 16, 1998