|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
(operated under a LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
(Mission Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||November 26, 1980|
|Call letters' meaning||Hardin MonTana|
|Former callsigns||KOUS-TV (1980-1995)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog 4 (VHF, 1980-2009)|
|Former affiliations||NBC (1980-1987)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KHMT is a television station that broadcasts on digital channel 22 in Billings, Montana. It is affiliated with Fox and Jewelry Television is co-owned with KSVI, the market's ABC affiliate. KHMT is licensed to the town of Hardin, the county seat of Big Horn County, located east of Billings.
KHMT's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.
|4.1||16:9||720p||main KHMT programming / Fox|
The station signed on in 1980 as KOUS-TV, a NBC affiliate owned by the Northern Prairies Broadcasting Company. Previously, NBC had been relegated to secondary clearances on CBS affiliate KTVQ and ABC affiliate KULR-TV--as was PBS until 1984. Channel 4's sign-on made Billings one of the last markets in the nation to receive full service from all three networks.
In 1987, KOUS and KULR swapped affiliations, with KOUS taking ABC while KULR taking NBC. Ironically, KULR had been the original NBC affiliate in Billings from 1958 to 1968. In 1993, KSVI signed on and took the ABC affiliation, while KOUS picked up the Fox affiliation. The call letters changed to the current KHMT in 1995.
During the 1980s, Miles City's KYUS (channel 3) was originally a "sister station" of KOUS. Since channel 4 switched to Fox, KYUS has been a satellite of KULR.
KHMT's news operation ended when the station was bought by Nexstar in 2003. Its last news operation lasted 18 months, and reportedly pulled in only 3% viewing shares, putting it behind KTVQ and KULR in a distant third. At the time, Nexstar said ending the news operation will mean the difference between a profit and a loss.
In addition, local media reported that law enforcement officials reportedly had misgivings about the over-aggressive reporting of KHMT's newsteam.
- Falstad, Jan (30 September 2003). "KULR sold; ABC-6/Fox-4 drop local news". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- YourBigSky.com (Official Website)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KHMT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KHMT-TV