|City of license||Galveston, Texas|
|Branding||Telemundo Houston (general)
Noticiero Telemundo Houston (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 48 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
47.2 Exitos TV
47.3 Cozi TV
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
|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|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTMD, virtual channel 47 (UHF digital channel 48), is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station serving Houston, Texas, United States that is licensed to Galveston. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (part of NBCUniversal Television Group). KTMD maintains studio facilities located on I-610 and Bevis Street on the northwest side of Houston, and its transmitter is located in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County (near Missouri City). Telemundo 47 / KTMD is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community in Houston, the fourth largest Hispanic market in the country.
Telemundo Houston has served the local community for more than 25 years, broadcasting the market’s first-ever Spanish-language television newscast. Today, the station produces and airs seven hours of local news and information programming, offering viewers the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoHouston.com and via mobile and social media channels. Telemundo Houston is the Spanish-language television home of both the Houston Texans and the Houston Dynamo, and the Spanish-language television sponsor of the world’s largest rodeo, Rodeo Houston.
The station first signed on the air in the spring of 1988, broadcasting on UHF channel 48 from a transmitter located east of Farm to Market Road 528 south of Friendswood. It has been aligned with Telemundo since its sign-on, as the network began acquiring and affiliating with television stations in several key Spanish-language markets.
In 2002, KTMD was granted permission to move its analog signal to channel 47 in order to operate its digital signal on channel 48, which would operate from a transmitter located in Missouri City rather than Friendswood. The station also cited interference from a station in Bryan for its reasoning to change its channel allocation. KTMD officially moved to channel 47 on November 9, 2002.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|47.1||1080i||16:9||KTMD-HD||main KTMD programming / Telemundo|
KTMD discontinued regular programming on 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, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 47.
Telemundo Houston has served the local community for more than 25 years, broadcasting the market’s first-ever Spanish-language television newscast. As of November 3, 2014, the station produces and airs nine and half hours per week of local news and information programming, offering viewers the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoHouston.com and via mobile and social media channels.
The station's news department was founded upon the station's 1988 sign-on, with newscasts branded under the title Noticiero 48. KTMD's newscasts were retitled as Noticentro 48 (using the Spanish titling of the NewsCenter brand popular with U.S. television stations during the 1970s and 1980s) the following year, only to revert to the original "Noticiero" title in 1991, with a slight alteration to Noticiero 47 in 2002 to reflect its new channel position on UHF 47.
Telemundo's parent company NBCUniversal moved the locally-produced newscast operations to a new regional production center in Ft. Worth, Texas in 2006. However, by February of 2010, production of KTMD's local newscasts returned to Houston in the station's northwest Houston studios. Then in 2011, KTMD debuted a local morning news, 5am-6am, that aired morning updates during Un Nuevo Día. However, the station later cancelled the morning newscast in late 2012, electing to instead launch weekend editions resulting in afternoon and late night newscasts seven days a week. Furthermore, on November 3, 2014, KTMD added more local news by launchin 4:30 p.m. weekday newscasts.
The station considers KXLN-DT (Univision) and the English news stations to be its competitors in this sector. There weekend 5pm then pushed to 4:30 following Telemundo selection for Movie in that time slot. On September 18,2014 Telemundo announced that it was going to launch new 4:30CT/5:30 P.M. newscast all of it stations including KTMD which will launch the new 4:30 P.M. newscast along all the other Telemundo stations starting November 3, 2014.
Notable on-air staff
Martin Berlanga - Weekday anchor 5:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M.
Notable former on-air staff
- "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.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTMD
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Consumer Watch: Stations have more DTV work to do, Houston Chronicle, February 6, 2009.
- CDBS Print
- Clotter, Haydee. "Peek Inside Telemundo's Houston Offices and Their Play for TV News." Houston Press. April 10, 2014. Retrieved on April 14, 2014.
- Telemundo Houston (Spanish)
- Mobile site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTMD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTMD-TV