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|San Diego, California|
|Branding||ABC 10 (general)
10 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||San Diego's News Source|
|Channels||Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
10.2 Live Well Network
10.15 KZSD-LP/Azteca America
|Owner||E.W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Media, Inc.)
|First air date||September 13, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||disambiguation of former KOGO-TV call letters|
|Former callsigns||KFSD-TV (1953-1961)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
10 (VHF, 1953-2009)
25 (UHF, 2007-2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC (1953-1977)|
|Transmitter power||20.7 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KGTV, channel 10, is an ABC-affiliated television station located in San Diego, California, USA. KGTV is owned by the broadcasting division of the E.W. Scripps Company, and is a sister station to Azteca América affiliate KZSD-LP. The station's studios are located in the Riverview-Webster section of San Diego, and its transmitter is based on Mount Soledad in La Jolla, California.
This station can also be seen on Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse channel 10. There is a high definition feed available in the San Diego area on Time Warner Cable digital channel 710, and Cox and AT&T U-verse channel 1010, and in Tijuana on Cablemás channel 133. KGTV is also available on its customary channel 10 position (in both standard definition and in high definition) on DirecTV and Dish Network.
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The San Diego area's third-oldest television station first went on the air on September 13, 1953 as NBC affiliate KFSD-TV. The station's original owner was Airfan Radio Corporation, which also owned NBC Radio Network affiliate KFSD (600 AM, now KOGO). Under terms of the initial license award, Airfan sold one-third ownership of the stations to two other firms who competed separately for channel 10. In 1954 the KFSD stations were purchased by investment firm, Fox, Wells & Rogers. The publishers of Newsweek magazine took a minority (about 46 percent) share of the stations in 1957, four years before the periodical was itself sold to the Washington Post Company. In 1961, channel 10 changed its call letters to KOGO-TV; the radio stations also adopted the KOGO callsign.
The broadcasting division of Time-Life purchased KOGO-TV and its sister radio stations in 1962. This deal was reached after failed attempts to sell the properties to Triangle Publications and United Artists among others; and after the Washington Post Company's Post-Newsweek Stations division disclosed it was not interested in acquiring full ownership.
As part of a sale announced in late 1970, KOGO-AM-FM-TV was sold to McGraw-Hill along with Time-Life's other radio/television combinations in Denver, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids, Michigan; and KERO-TV in upstate Bakersfield. When the sale was concluded in June 1972, the purchase price for the entire group was just over $57 million. However, in order to comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s new restrictions on concentration of media ownership, McGraw-Hill was required to sell the radio stations in San Diego, Indianapolis, Denver, and Grand Rapids. Time-Life would later take WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids out of the final deal. KERO-TV, KLZ-TV (now KMGH-TV) in Denver, and WFBM-TV (now WRTV) in Indianapolis were retained by McGraw-Hill along with KOGO-TV, which changed to its current call letters KGTV as a result of the sale.
Switch to ABC
The ABC affiliation in San Diego had belonged to XETV (channel 6), a station licensed across the international border to Tijuana, Mexico, since 1956 under special agreement between the FCC and Mexican authorities. In 1973 KCST-TV (channel 39), San Diego's UHF independent station, prevailed in a years-long attempt to secure ABC programming in the market; KCST claimed that an American television network should not be affiliated with a station located outside U.S. borders. At the time of the switch ABC was still the third-ranked network, behind second-rated NBC and perennial leader CBS.
Over the next several years, however, ABC began to experience ratings growth in their primetime programming and rose to first place during 1975-76, finishing the year with ten programs in Nielsen's top twenty. In San Diego, KCST-TV experienced a carryover effect and also rose to first place locally, knocking KGTV down to third behind CBS station KFMB-TV (channel 8). But ABC was never happy with having been forced onto the UHF dial in San Diego, and the unprecedented success gave the network the impetus to actively upgrade its affiliate roster nationwide.
Despite having more than a year remaining in its current agreement with NBC, KGTV announced it was joining ABC in June 1976. After KCST-TV (now KNSD) signed with NBC, the switch between the two stations took place on June 27, 1977.
On October 3, 2011, McGraw-Hill announced it was selling its entire television station group, including KGTV and Azteca America affiliate KZSD-LP, to the Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company for $212 million. The deal was completed on December 30, 2011, resulting in McGraw-Hill's exit from broadcasting after 39 years.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.1||720p||16:9||KGTV-DT||Main KGTV programming / ABC|
|10.2||480i||4:3||COOL-TV||Live Well Network|
|10.15||KZSD-DT||Simulcast of KZSD-LP|
After KGTV shut down its analog signal on the originally-planned digital television conversion date of February 17, 2009 (which was later pushed back five months to June 12, 2009), the station moved its digital signal from UHF channel 25 to its former analog VHF channel 10.
KGTV presently produces a total of 39 hours of local newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays and 4 1/2 hours on weekends). It is among the few, albeit one of a growing number of television stations in the United States that carry a local news program at 7 p.m. on weeknights.
KGTV first began to challenge KFMB's dominance in the mid-1970s, when anchormen Jack White and Harold Greene, along with popular weatherman "Captain Mike" Ambrose and sportscasters Al Coupee and Hal Clement, led The News to popularity, albeit briefly. Even with the brief return of Greene following his stints in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the station fell back to second place behind KFMB in the early 1980s. However, management succeeded in acquiring the services of popular anchorman Michael Tuck from KFMB in 1984; the move resulted in KGTV reclaiming first place and giving the station credibility by way of Tuck's infamous nightly commentaries titled "Perspectives".
KGTV also made history by being the first station in San Diego with a female anchor team with its 11 p.m. newscast, featuring Carol LeBeau and Bree Walker. After Walker left in 1987, Kimberly Hunt would team with LeBeau and form the city's longest-running anchor duo at 15 years. During that time, LeBeau and Hunt would anchor alongside Tuck (who left for Los Angeles in 1990, only to return to San Diego on KFMB), Stephen Clark (now at sister station WXYZ-TV in Detroit), Steve Wolford, and a returning Hal Clement (who had switched from sports to news in 1983 while at KFMB).
Eventually, KGTV would decline after Hunt left to anchor the news at KUSI-TV alongside Tuck, at one point falling to third as KNSD rose to number one at 11 p.m. The Hunt-Lebeau team reunited in early 2008, before LeBeau retired the following year. On August 30, 2008, KGTV became the third television station (KFMB-TV and Fox affiliate KSWB-TV) to produce their local newscasts in high definition.
Since the Scripps purchase of KGTV was completed at the end of 2011, the station now has a news partnership with its former AM radio sister KOGO (now owned by Clear Channel Communications). In May 2010, KGTV had the top-rated early evening newscast in the San Diego market in the coveted demographic of 25 to 54-year-old adults.
- KFSD-TV News (1953–1961)
- KOGO News (1961–1965)
- Eyewitness News (1965–1977)
- The News (1977–1981)
- NewsWatch 10 (1981–1984)
- 10 News (1984–present)
- "The Team That Stands for San Diego" (1988–1994)
- "The Team You Count On Everyday" (1994–1998)
- "See What Leadership Can Do for You" (2000–2004)
- "San Diego's (Local) News Leader" (2004–2008)
- "San Diego's News Source" (2011–present)
- Maria Arcega-Dunn - weekend mornings (5:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m.); also general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor
- Steve Atkinson - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Virginia Cha - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Bill Griffith - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Kimberly Hunt - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Vanessa van Hyfte - weekend mornings (5:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m.); also general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor
- Itica Milanes - weeknights at 5:30, 6:00 and weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor
- Preston Phillips - weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also general assignment reporter reporter, fill-in anchor and fill-in weathercaster
10 News Pinpoint Weather
- Pat Brown - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Robert Santos - weather anchor; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.; also fill-in news anchor
- Craig Herrera (AMS Seal of Approval) - weather anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Ashlee DeMartino - weather anchor; weekend mornings (5:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m.); also general assignment reporter and fill-in traffic anchor
10 News Sports
- Ben Higgins - sports director; Sundays-Thursdays at 6:00 and 11:00 + Sunday's 11:30 p.m. Sports Xtra
- Steve Smith - sports anchor; Fridays-Saturdays at 6:00 and 11:00 + Saturday's 11:30 p.m. Sports Xtra
10 News TimeSaver Traffic
- Melissa Mecija - weekday morning traffic anchor (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also general assignment reporter
- Tommy Doerr - CHP traffic officer
- Robert Catano - CHP traffic officer
10 News Team 10 Investigative Reporting
- Mitch Blacher - investigative reporter ("Team 10")
- Cristin Severance - investigative reporter ("Team 10"); also fill-in anchor
- John Matarese - consumer affairs reporter
- Allison Ash - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Rachel Bianco - freelance reporter
- Cameran Biltucci - events reporter
- Michael Chen - general assignment reporter
- Marie Coronel - general assignment reporter
- Rielle Creighton - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Kandiss Crone - general assignment reporter
- Steve Fiorina - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Dan Haggerty - general assignment reporter and evening Live Center anchor; also fill-in news anchor
- Jennifer Jensen - general assignment reporter
- Bob Lawrence - general assignment and Military reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Joe Little - general assignment and South Bay reporter
- Nannette Miranda - State Capitol reporter
- Hannah Mullens - general assignment reporter
- Dana Rice - general assignment reporter
- Natasha Zouves - general assignment reporter and morning Live Center anchor; also fill-in news anchor
Notable former on-air staff
- Harold Greene - anchor/reporter (1974–1977 and 1980–1982; later at KCBS-TV/Los Angeles, now retired)
- Lisa Kim - anchor (1986–1994; later at KNTV/San Jose-San Francisco)
- Paul Magers (1981–1983; now at KCBS-TV/Los Angeles)
- Kent Ninomiya - reporter (1991–1993)
- Regis Philbin - KGTV talk show (1961–1964; later a talk and game show host, Live with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; now retired)
- Sarah Purcell - talk show host (late 1970s, later co-hosted NBC's Real People)
- Billy Ray Smith - sportscaster (1993–1997, now at XX Sports Radio)
- Bree Walker - anchor/reporter (1980–1987)
- "4 UHFs, 3 VHFs start commercial." Broadcasting - Telecasting, September 21, 1953, pg. 66. 
- "Merged San Diego, Las Vegas bids are approved by FCC." Broadcasting - Telecasting, March 23, 1953, pg. 62. 
- "Fox, Wells buys KFSD-AM-TV control." Broadcasting - Telecasting, August 23, 1954, pg. 52. 
- "'Newsweek' buys 46% Of KFSD-AM-FM-TV." Broadcasting - Telecasting, July 29, 1957, pg. 74. 
- "KOGO-AM-FM-TV to Time-Life." Broadcasting, December 4, 1961, pg. 5. 
- "FCC okays $13 million in sales." Broadcasting, March 26, 1962, pg. 140. 
- "Triangle's quota." Broadcasting, April 11, 1960, pg. 5
- "Dead end again." Broadcasting, December 12, 1960, pg. 5
- "McGraw-Hill buys into TV in a big way." Broadcasting, November 2, 1970, pg. 9. 
- "McGraw-Hill sets record for concessions to minorities." Broadcasting, May 15, 1972, pp. 25-26.  
- "It's all theirs." Broadcasting, June 5, 1972, pg. 43
- "ABC's gains are turning television upside down." Broadcasting, March 29, 1976, pp. 19-20. 
- "In Brief." Broadcasting, June 7, 1976, pg. 24
- "In Brief." Broadcasting, March 7, 1977, pg. 26
- KGTV/McGraw-Hill Broadcasting advertisement. Broadcasting, June 26, 1977, pp. 8-9. 
- McGraw-Hill Sells TV Group To Scripps, TVNewsCheck, October 3, 2011.
- "Scripps completes McGraw-Hill Stations Buy". TVNewsCheck. December 30, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- CDBS Print
- KGTV ABC 10 News open
- Template:CiRe web
- "Lisa Kim departs NBC Bay Area". 10 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- Official website
- Station Index @ TVJobs.com
- KGTV Talent @ TVJobs.com
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KGTV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KGTV-TV