|City of license||Galveston, Texas|
|Channels||Digital: 48 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
(NBC Telemundo License Company)
|First air date||1988[when?]|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleMunDo|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
48 (UHF, 1988–2002)
47 (UHF, 2002–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KTMD is the Telemundo owned-and-operated television station serving Houston, Texas that is licensed to Galveston. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 48 (virtual channel 47.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County (near Missouri City). Owned by NBCUniversal subsidiary NBC Owned Television Stations (part of NBCUniversal Television Group), KTMD maintains studios on I-610 and Bevis Street on the northwest side of Houston.
KTMD took to the air in the spring of 1988 on channel 48 from a transmitter located east of Farm to Market Road 528 south of Friendswood. In 2002, KTMD was granted permission to move its analog signal to channel 47 in order to operate its digital transmitter on channel 48 in Missouri City rather than Friendswood. The station also cited interference from a station in Bryan. The change to channel 47 occurred November 9, 2002.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|47.1||1080i||16:9||KTMD-HD||main KTMD programming / Telemundo|
On June 12, 2009, the federally mandated date for American television stations to cease analog transmissions across the country, KTMD ceased broadcasting programming on analog UHF channel 47. Its digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48. PSIP is used to display KTMD's virtual channel as "47.1" to correspond to its former analog channel.
The station's news department first began upon the station's 1988 sign-on under the title Noticiero 48. KTMD's newscasts were renamed to Noticentro 48 the following year, and back to the original "Noticiero" title in 1991, with a slight change 2002 to Noticiero 47 to reflect its new channel position. Telemundo's parent company NBCUniversal replaced the locally produced newscast, with a regional newscast based out of the network's new production center in Dallas in 2006. At the time, national organizations such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists criticized the move and issue formal statements against parent company NBCUniversal.
On February 3, 2010, production of KTMD's local newscasts returned to Houston, when the Dallas-based regional program was dropped in favor of weeknight 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts that are produced at the station's northwest Houston studios. Furthermore, on February 2, 2013, Noticiero Telemundo Houston expanded its local news coverage with weekend editions, airing local newscasts seven days per week at both 5 and 10 p.m..
- Noticiero 48 (1988–1989 and 1991–2002)
- Noticentro 48 (1989–1991)
- Noticiero 47 (2002–2007)
- Noticiero Telemundo Houston (2010–present)
- Mejorando Su Vida (2007–2009)
- Juntos Somos Telemundo (2010–2012)
Current on-air staff
- Martín Berlanga - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Antonio Hernández - weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Irene Sans - meteorologists; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Ariel Rodríguez - meteorologist; weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Haldrin Guerra - sports; at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Teresa Alonso - general assignment reporter
- Augusto Bernal - general assignment reporter
- Carlos De Pavía - general assignment reporter
- Roger Franco - general assignment reporter
- Rubi Guzmán - general assignment reporter
Former on-air staff
- Miguel Amante
- Sandra Aponte
- Karla Barguiarena
- Cindy Burbano - weekday mornings Breves AM
- Luis Cruz
- Claudia Deschamps - anchor
- Blanca Gómez - anchor and general assignment reporter
- Oralia Galvan
- Patricia Gras
- Lester Gretsch
- Sandra Gomez
- Manny Lopez
- Carlos Munoz
- Jose Luis Machado
- Lucia Navarro
- Gloria Padilla
- Guillermo Restrepo
- Atala Sarmiento
- Luis Rodriguez - Sports Director
- Roberto Repreza
- Cathy Tenorio
- Carolina Terran
- "Report and Order DA 02-2288". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- McDaniel, Mike (November 8, 2002). "KTMD-TV to move to new channel, increase signal power". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- CDBS Print
- The National Association of Hispanic Journalists
- Telemundo Houston (Spanish)
- Mobile site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTMD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTMD-TV