|City of license||Hanford, California|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
|Owner||Univision Communications, Inc.
(KFTV License Partnership, GP)
|First air date||1972|
|Call letters' meaning||Futura de TeleVisión|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
21 (UHF, 1972-2009)
|Former affiliations||SIN (1972-1987)|
|Transmitter power||350 kW|
KFTV-DT, virtual channel 21, is a full-power television station in Hanford, California, serving the Fresno area as a Univision-owned and operated station. KFTV broadcasts locally on digital channel 20, and airs Spanish-language entertainment programming.
In 1962, Fresno's Channel 21 was home to an English-language independent station, KDAS-TV. The station survived for two years before leaving the air in 1964. In 1965, Channel 21 briefly returned to the air as the short lived English language independent KSJV-TV. After KSJV ceased broadcasting, Channel 21 would not return to the air until 1972, after the Spanish International Network (forerunner of Univision) acquired a construction permit and began broadcasting as KFTV.
KFTV's news operation, Noticias 21, has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association for best newscast in 2001 and 2007 and in May 2009 KFTV won an Regional News Emmy for Best Newscast. ¨Noticias 21¨ won a Regional News EMMY for ¨Best Evening Newscast in June 2011 as well as an Emmy for Best Sports Weekly Program- ¨Accion Deportiva Extra¨.
In late December 2010, KFTV became the first Spanish-language television station in Fresno to broadcast local news in high definition.
- Noticias 21 Univision a las 6PM - 6–6:30 p.m.
- Noticias 21 Univision: Solo a las Once - 11–11:30 p.m.
- Noticias 21 Univision: Fin de Semana - 6-6:30 p.m. and 11–11:30 p.m.
- David Ibarra - weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Sayra Vasquez - weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Francisco Mireles - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Guillermo Quiroz - meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Stephanie Ceverino - meteorologist; weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.
- William Bonilla - lead sports anchor; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Reina Cardenas - general assignment reporter
- Irma Cervantes - general assignment reporter
- Vanessa Ramirez - general assignment reporter
- Caro Rico - general assignment reporter
Arriba Valle Central (local affairs program)
- Lupita Lomelli - host
- Sandy Sirias - news director
- KFTV website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFTV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFTV-DT
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says July (no date given), while the Television and Cable Factbook says September 20.
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