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|Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island/Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Slogan||Coverage You Can Count On|
|Channels||Digital: 5 (VHF)|
This TV (DT2)
|Owner||Hoak Media Corporation
(Sale to Excalibur Broadcasting pending, to be operated by Gray Television)
(Hoak Media of Nebraska License, LLC)
|First air date||January 1, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||HAStings|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1956-2009)
|Transmitter power||45 kW|
KHAS-TV 5 is the NBC television station in Hastings, Nebraska. It serves as the NBC affiliate for the western side of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market. The station is owned by Hoak Media Corporation, which also owns and operates sister station KNOP-TV in North Platte. The station is rebroadcast on translator K02HJ in Ord on channel 2.
Recently, KHAS-TV has promoted itself as a full-market NBC station, challenging the long-standing status of Omaha's WOWT as the default NBC affiliate in the capital. It has begun identifying as "Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island/Lincoln" on-air and on its Website. It is also available on the Lincoln DirecTV and Dish Network feeds as the local NBC station, boosting its potential audience to over 700,000 people across Nebraska and Kansas.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on KHAS-TV's station history. (September 2011)|
KHAS was founded by a group of local investors headed by Fred A. Seaton, publisher of the Hastings Tribune newspaper and Secretary of the Interior during the Eisenhower Administration. It took its calls from KHAS (AM), which Seaton had founded in 1940. In 1967, it was one of the first stations in the area to acquire color broadcasting equipment.
The Seaton family owned KHAS-TV until 1997, when it was sold to Dick Shively and Ulysses Carlini Sr., owners of North Platte TV stations KNOP-TV and K11TW, operating the three stations under the name Greater Nebraska Television. In 2005, Greater Nebraska Television sold the stations to Hoak Media Corporation.
The station's studio is located north of Hastings on U.S. 281. The transmitter tower is located next to the studio. KHAS-TV was formerly rebroadcast on translator station K14IY in Holdrege; this translator went dark in 2009. KHAS-TV is now also carried on K35AL, analog channel 35, in Lexington, Nebraska. K35AL formerly carried programming from sister station KNOP-TV, but Lexington is in the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market while North Platte is a separate market. Both local and national programming on KHAS is carried in high definition.
In June 2012, KHAS and other Hoak-owned stations were pulled from Dish Network after they failed to renew a carriage agreement. The refusal to renew reportedly surrounds Dish Network's "Hopper" digital video recorder and its controversial commercial-skipping feature AutoHop—which has also led to complaints from the major U.S. television networks.
On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media in a $335 million deal. As Gray already owns KOLN/KGIN, KHAS will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting and operated by Gray under a local marketing agreement.
KHAS-DT broadcasts on digital channel 5.
This station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|5.1||KHAS-DT||1080i||16:9||Main KHAS-TV programming / NBC HD|
|5.2||KHAS-DT2||480i||4:3||This TV/This Nebraska|
On December 1, 2008, the station ended analog transmission and became exclusively digital. Due to Nebraska's cold winter weather, the station elected to make the transition early rather than on the national February 17, 2009 analog shutoff date. The digital signal on channel 5 is one of only 48 US full-power stations to broadcast digitally using a low-VHF/Band I channel.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on the history of KHAS-TV news operation. (September 2011)|
KHAS-TV produces 16 hours of local news a week, with 3 hours each weekday and 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Newscasts air weekday mornings at 6:00 and 11:30 a.m., weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. and a weekend newscast at 10:00 p.m. KHAS-TV began producing newscasts in High-Definition on November 6, 2013, starting with News 5 at 5:00 p.m.
- Five Star News (1960s)
- The Sixth Hour Report/The Eleventh Hour Report (1968–1970s)
- Newswatch 5 (1970s)
- NewsCenter 5 (1970s–1985)
- Channel 5 News (1985–1994)
- News 5 (1994–present)
- "Your Full Color Station!" (1960s)
- "Channel 5 is Alive in the Air" (1969–1970)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (1997–2011)
- Jeniffer Berry - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Lauren Conley - weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Katie Gauthier - weekday mornings News 5 Today (6:00-7:00 a.m.) and 11:30 a.m.; also weather anchor
- Colin Murphy - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Chris Schukei - weekday mornings News 5 Today (6:00-7:00 a.m.); also assistant news director
Stormtracker 5 Weather Team
- Travis Klanecky - chief meteorologist; weekday mornings News 5 Today (6:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at 11:30 a.m.
- TBA - meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 p.m. and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Nathan Gogo - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Ed Littler - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Will Sharrett - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Ginger ten Bensel - general assignment reporter
- Shelby Fenster - general assignment reporter
- Tim McNicholas - general assignment reporter
Former on-air staff
- "KHAS-TV : A History". khastv.com. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- Fowler, Gretchen (2005-08-31). "Hoak Media reaches deal to purchase KHAS-TV". The Grand Island Independent. Retrieved 2008-02-08.[dead link]
- "News 5 Severe Weather Safety (refer to coverage map on last page)". Retrieved 2012-05-08.
- "Because of dispute, DISH customers lose Hastings' KHAS-TV". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- Jeffrey, Don (June 5, 2012). "Dish’s Ad-Skip Tool May Benefit From Cablevision DVR Case". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- KHAS Hastings Makes Digital Switch, TVNEWSDAY, Dec 11 2008
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KHAS-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KHAS-TV
- Hoak Media (parent of KHAS-TV)
- Nebraska Broadcasting Association profile of Fred A. Seaton