|Las Cruces, New Mexico/El Paso, Texas
|City of license||Las Cruces, New Mexico|
|Branding||Telemundo 48 (general)
Telenoticias El Paso (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
48.3 Inmigrante TV
|Translators||K48IK 48 El Paso, Texas|
(ZGS El Paso Television, LP)
|First air date||November 1984|
|Call letters' meaning||TelemunDO|
|Former callsigns||KASK-TV (1984–1989)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
48 (UHF, 1984–2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1984–1995)
|Transmitter power||200 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTDO, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 47), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station located in El Paso, Texas, United States that is licensed to Las Cruces, New Mexico. The station is owned by ZGS Communications. KTDO maintains studio facilities located on North Mesa Street/Highway 20 in northwest El Paso, and its transmitter is located atop the Franklin Mountains on the El Paso city limits. On cable, the station is available on Time Warner Cable channel 11 and in high definition on digital channel 209.
The station first signed on the air in November 1984 as KASK-TV; it originally operated as an English language independent station Five years later in 1989, the station changed its call letters to KZIA. Channel 48 became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN) upon the network's launch on January 16, 1995. In 1997, the station's calls were changed to KMAZ.
In 2001, the station's call letters were changed to KTYO. In 2004, the station was purchased by the Arlington, Virginia-based ZGS Group for $11.8 million; ZGS subsequently converted the station into a Spanish language outlet as the market's Telemundo affiliate and changed its call letters to KTDO. As a result of the switch, UPN (which ceased operations in September 2006 and merged its programming with competing network The WB as part of a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Time Warner to form The CW) did not have a full-time affiliate in the El Paso market for the remainder of the network's run, with its programming being relegated to a secondary affiliation on KKWB (channel 65, now KTFN) until it switched to TeleFutura in January 2002.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|47.1||1080i||16:9||KTDO HD||Main KTDO programming / Telemundo|
KTDO shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 47, 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 UHF channel 48. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 47.
KTDO presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).
On November 16, 2010, KTDO launched a news department, with half-hour Spanish language newscasts airing at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m., under the title Telenoticias El Paso; with the launch, it became the first Spanish language television station in the El Paso market to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition.
- Ricardo Vela - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Georgina Terrazas - lead meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Antonio Favela - sports anchor; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Ivette Sanchez - general assignment reporter
- Alonso Velasquez - general assignment reporter
- Karina Yapor - general assignment reporter
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says November 11, while the Television and Cable Factbook says November 18.
- KTYO sold to ZGS Communications in 2004
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTDO
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KTDO official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTDO
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTDO-TV