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|Corpus Christi, Texas
|Branding||KIII-TV 3 (general)
3 News (newscasts)
(pronounced "K-Triple I")
|Slogan||More Local News
The South Texas News Leader
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
3.4 Cozi TV
|First air date||May 4, 1964|
|Call letters' meaning||III = Roman numeral 3|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
3 (VHF, 1964-2009)
|Transmitter power||160 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
The struggle to establish a channel three allocation in Corpus Christi was started after channel 22 KVDO-TV (headed by Nestor Cuesta and Gabe Lozano and a handful of other local businessmen)went on air in 1955. They had limited success, and increasing trouble as VHF stations on channel 6 and channel 10 emerged from FCC hearings and got on air.
KVDO petitioned the FCC to add channel 3. Other cities also wanted it and it took a lot of struggle to get it at CCT. KVDO-TV sold their license assets to the McKinnon group in exchange for an interest in the new KIII-TV, the old KVDO-TV location was sold to KRIS-TV channel 6.
Kiii was first put on the air in 1964 by McKinnon Broadcasting. Channel 3 has established a programming philosophy which sets KIII-TV apart as a market leader. The Hispanic community's allegiance to KIII began with The Domingo Pena Show in 1964 and grows stronger each year. Local news, local special events and a never ending dedication to local public service has earned KIII the reputation as one of the most admired ABC affiliates in America.
In 1969, KIII started a satellite, KXIX-TV channel 19, to bring ABC programming to Victoria, Texas. In 1976, it was sold to local ownership. It now operates as Fox affiliate KVCT. KIII is one of three default ABC affiliates in Laredo market with KSAT-TV and KRGV-TV.
On April 29, 2010 it was announced that KIII-TV would be acquired by London Broadcasting Company. which the sale was closed on August 31. On September 18, 2011, KIII began broadcasting newscasts in high definition.
On May 14, 2014, Gannett Company announced that it would acquire KIII-TV and five other LBC stations for $215 million. Gannett's CEO Gracia Martore touted that the acquisition would give the company a presence in several fast-growing markets, and opportunities for local advertisers to leverage its digital marketing platform. The company also owns fellow Texas ABC affiliates WFAA and KVUE, which it had acquired in its purchase of Belo Corporation. The sale was completed on July 8.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|3.1||720p||16:9||KIII-HD||Main KIII programming / ABC|
KIII shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 8. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 3.
- "Gannett Buys 6 London Broadcasting Stations". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- Gannett Completes London Broadcasting Buy, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 8 July, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KIII
- Where to Watch Me-TV: KIII
- Smith, Mike D. (August 10, 2012). "MundoFOX network arrives in South Texas on Monday". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KIII
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KIII-TV