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CBS 11 KTVT Logo.png
Fort WorthDallas, Texas
United States
City of license Fort Worth, Texas
Branding CBS 11 (general)
CBS 11 News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage you can count on (news)
CBS 11 is always on (general)
Only CBS 11 (secondary)
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels 11.1 CBS
Affiliations CBS (O&O)
Owner CBS Corporation
(CBS Stations Group of Texas, Inc.)
First air date September 11, 1955; 58 years ago (1955-09-11)
Call letters' meaning TeleVision for Texans
Former callsigns KFJZ-TV (1955–1960)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1955–2009)
19 (UHF, 1999–2009)
11 (VHF, 2009–2012)
Former affiliations Independent (1955–1995)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 533.9 m (1,752 ft)
Facility ID 23422
Transmitter coordinates 32°32′36.00″N 96°57′32.00″W / 32.5433333°N 96.9588889°W / 32.5433333; -96.9588889
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.cbsdfw.com

KTVT, channel 11, is a television station licensed to Fort Worth, Texas, USA. An owned and operated station of the CBS Television Network, KTVT is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation and operates as part of a television duopoly with independent station KTXA (channel 21). The two stations share facilities both in Dallas and Fort Worth: the Dallas studio is located at CBS Tower on North Central Expressway (north of NorthPark Mall), while the Fort Worth studio is located on Bridge Street (east of downtown, off Interstate 30); KTVT's transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.


As an independent station[edit]

Channel 11 first signed on the air on September 11, 1955 as KFJZ-TV, it was the first independent station in Texas. The station was founded by the Texas State Network and was a sister station to KFJZ radio (1270 AM, now KFLC; unrelated to the present-day KFJZ at 870 AM), and later (in 1959) KFJZ-FM (97.1, now KEGL). During the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1] In 1960, the Texas State Network sold channel 11 to NAFI Telecasting Corporation (who also owned Chris-Craft Industries at the time); the station's call letters were then changed to the current KTVT.

The station was purchased by the Oklahoma City-based WKY Television System, a subsidiary of Oklahoma Publishing Company, or OPUBCO, in 1971; Oklahoma Publishing later renamed its broadcasting arm Gaylord Broadcasting. Under Gaylord's stewardship, channel 11 (or "The Super Ones", as it was later referred to in continuity) became the leading independent station in the Southwestern U.S., carrying a broad range of cartoons, off-network sitcoms, westerns and drama series, movies and public affairs programming. KTVT was further aided in its status as it was a VHF station, whereas its future competitors were UHF stations. KTVT's main competitor in the 1970s was KXTX-TV (channel 39), which was owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network and ran a number of religious programs. While the station gained three additional competitors in the 1980s (KTXA, channel 21; KDFI, channel 27; and KDAF, channel 33), KTVT was the only independent station that was profitable.

KTVT's popularity also spread outside of the Metroplex, as it attained superstation status along the lines of Atlanta's WTBS, Chicago's WGN-TV and WOR-TV in New York City. KTVT transmitted its signal via satellite to C-band satellite subscribers and to 400 cable systems across the country, mainly in the southwestern United States, from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. This status would later hamper OPUBCO president Edward L. Gaylord's efforts to purchase a controlling interest in the Texas Rangers baseball team, whose games were carried on KTVT from 1985 (when Gaylord purchased a minority share of the team) until 1995. Channel 11 was also the flagship station of the highly-popular local pro wrestling program Saturday Night Wrestling, and aired a two-hour Saturday night wrestling program titled Championship Sports.

Transition to CBS[edit]

In late 1993, Gaylord announced that KTVT – along with sister stations KHTV (now KIAH) in Houston, and KSTW in Tacoma, Washington – would become charter affiliates of The WB, a new network that launched in January 1995. Not long afterward, longtime CBS affiliate KDFW (channel 4) announced it would affiliate with Fox, as part of a longterm affiliation deal between Fox and KDFW's new owners, New World Communications. About to find itself without an affiliate in the Metroplex, CBS approached Gaylord, and the two parties came to an agreement – CBS signed both KTVT and KSTW as affiliates (KSTW, which took the CBS affiliation in Seattle from KIRO-TV, would switch affiliations with that station and join UPN after it was sold to Paramount Stations Group in February 1997). Upset by Gaylord's blindsided move, The WB later filed an injunction in court to in an effort to dissolve their arrangement; The WB later signed KXTX-TV as its Metroplex affiliate.[2]

CBS' full schedule of programs moved from KDFW to KTVT on July 1, 1995. On that same day, The WB changed affiliates once again, moving from KXTX to former Fox-owned station KDAF (channel 33). Channel 11 had already been carrying some CBS programs for about a year prior to the affiliation switch; it had picked up The Price Is Right and The Bold and the Beautiful, when KDFW dropped them in favor of Donahue and an expanded midday newscast. KTVT effectively lost its status as a superstation once it transitioned from an independent to a "Big Three" affiliate. The station expanded its local news programming and began acquiring more first-run syndicated programs. KTVT also used the same "11" logo and on-air branding as its Seattle sister station KSTW during this time, and adopted the slogan "The Eye of Texas" in reference to its CBS affiliation and the network's Eyemark logo; before then, KTVT moved all of its syndicated sitcoms and cartoons to its sister station KTXA (channel 21).

Gaylord sold KTVT to CBS in 1999.[3] The following year, Viacom bought CBS, creating a duopoly with then-UPN station KTXA as CBS's owned-and-operated stations were integrated into Viacom's Paramount Stations Group. As part of the deal, KTXA's operations moved from the Paramount Building in downtown Dallas and were integrated into KTVT's facility in Fort Worth.[4]

On August 26, 2013, KTVT/KTXA moved its Dallas offices to 12001 North Central Expressway (two blocks north of the previous Dallas facility at 10111 North Central). The office tower (within which KTVT's newsroom and the duopoly's advertising sales offices occupy the top floor) was renamed CBS Tower. The station's primary studios and other technical and business operations remain in east Fort Worth.[5]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
11.1 1080i 16:9 KTVT-DT Main KTVT programming / CBS

Analog-to-digital transition[edit]

KTVT shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, 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 relocated from its transition period UHF channel 19 to VHF channel 11 for post-transition operations.[7] Due to widespread reception problems and a resulting 57% loss of its household viewership, KTVT was granted permission via special temporary authorization by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move back to channel 19 on July 23, 2009.[8] On the same day, sister station KTXA was given permission via an STA to move back to its transition period UHF digital channel 18.[9] The channel change went into effect on August 4, 2009. Prior to that time, KTXA simulcast KTVT's programming on digital subchannel 21.2. KTVT broadcast on channel 11 and on channel 19 until November 2012 and both stations used the virtual channel "11.1" causing many digital television receivers to show channel 11.1 twice when tuning sequentially.

On September 10, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving KTVT's move from channel 11 to channel 19.[10] On October 21, 2009, it filed a minor change application for its new allotment, for which the FCC granted a construction permit on November 19, 2009.[11] On November 26, 2012, KTVT terminated operations on VHF channel 11 and moved to its new channel 19 transmitting facilities (shared with KTXA).[12][13]


Syndicated programs seen on KTVT include Dr. Phil, The Queen Latifah Show, Criminal Minds, Inside Edition and Wheel of Fortune (all of which are distributed by corporate cousin CBS Television Distribution). As a CBS O&O, KTVT clears the entire CBS schedule; however it is one of the few CBS stations (alongside stations such as sister stations WBBM-TV in Chicago and KCBS in Los Angeles, and affiliates such as WTVF in Nashville, KOLR in Springfield, Missouri and WHBF-TV in Davenport, Iowa) that airs the soap opera The Young and the Restless at 11:30 a.m.; most prefer to air it at 11 a.m. as a lead-in to their midday newscasts.

KTVT also serves as the "official station" of the Dallas Cowboys, airing shows involving the team, including the head coach's weekly show, the Dallas Cowboys post-game show and specials, such as the Making of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Calendar and post-season team reviews. KTVT only airs regular season Cowboys afternoon games in which the team plays against an AFC team, in accordance with the National Football League's contract with CBS. KTVT airs such a game every other year on Thanksgiving Day.

News operation[edit]

KTVT newscast title card, used until September 22, 2013.

KTVT presently broadcasts 28 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours each weekday, one hour on Saturdays and two hours on Sundays). In addition, the station produces two sports programs on Sunday nights after the 10 p.m. newscast: the sports highlight show The Score and the football highlight program Blitz: Cowboys/Desperados Report, which are both hosted by sports director Babe Laufenberg. For most of the time since joining CBS, KTVT has been one of the network's weaker stations in terms of viewership. However in the February 2011 sweeps period, the station's 6 and 10 p.m. timeslots placed first in total viewers for the first time in the station's history.[14] That May, KTVT overall had placed second in both total viewership and adults 25-54 by small margins for the first time in its history; this is in comparison to the May sweeps period a year before, in which Channel 11 won in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds. The 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscast all saw increases in both demographics placing second.[15]

As an independent station during the 1970s, KTVT established a news department, airing local newscasts at noon and 10 p.m. each weekday. On August 20, 1990, KTVT became the first station in Dallas to offer a primetime newscast at 9 p.m. (predating KDFW's addition of a 9 p.m. newscast when it switched from CBS to Fox in July 1995, and the formation of KDAF's news department with the debut of its own 9 p.m. newscast in 1999). After becoming a CBS affiliate on July 1, 1995, KTVT debuted an hour-long weekday morning newscast at 6 a.m. and a half-hour early evening newscast at 6 p.m., while the 9 p.m. newscast was moved to 10 p.m. During the first few years of its CBS affiliation, KTVT used the "11 on Eleven" title for its 10 p.m. newscast (as did Gaylord's Seattle station KSTW, which used a modified 11 at 11 branding on its 11 p.m. newscast), used to emphasize that the day's top headlines and the first weather forecast would be aired in the first 11 minutes of the newscast, before the first commercial break.

Newscasts were added and cancelled from the schedule during KTVT's first decade with CBS. In February 1996, the station added noon and 5 p.m. newscasts on weekdays. In January 1999, the station added a 6:30 p.m. newscast that lasted until September 2000, when the station debuted an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast; that program was cancelled in September 2002, but returned as an hour-long newscast two years later in January 2004, and was trimmed to a half-hour in September 2005. The station's noon newscasts were cut in 2004. In 2006, the station discontinued its weekend morning newscasts, due to budget cuts imposed by CBS Corporation (as such, KTVT is the only one of the Big Four stations in the market without a morning newscast on weekends). On January 11, 2010, KTVT expanded its 4 p.m. newscast once again, now to one hour leading into the 5 p.m. newscast. On September 24, 2007, KTVT becoming the third Dallas-Fort Worth television station to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high-definition. In 2010, KTVT switched to the new CBS O&O standardized graphics package (originally used by WCBS-TV in New York City and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles), and began using the CBS Enforcer News Music Collection by Gari Media Group as its news theme. KTVT restored a midday news program to its schedule on August 12, 2013, with the debut of a half-hour 11 a.m. newscast.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Metroplex News at Noon/Metroplex Newsreel (1970s)
  • 11 News Magazine (1980s)
  • Newswatch Eleven (1990–1992)
  • The Nine O'Clock News (1992–1995)
  • 11 News (1995–2000)[16]
  • 11 on Eleven at Ten (1995–1998; 10 p.m. newscast)
  • CBS 11 News (2000–present)[17]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "KTVT, The Super Ones" (1980s–1995)
  • "Positively Texas" (c. 1994?)[18]
  • "The Eye of Texas" (1995–2004; used as secondary slogan from 2002–2004)
  • "Looking Out For You" (1997–2000; news slogan)
  • "Reporting the News" (2002–2003; news slogan)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (2003–present; primary news slogan)[19]
  • "CBS 11 is Always On" (2008–present; general slogan)
  • "People You Can Count On" (2009–present; secondary news slogan)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[20][edit]

  • Adrienne Bankert - weekday mornings (4:30-7) and weekdays at 11 a.m.
  • Karen Borta - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; also reporter
  • Doug Dunbar - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; also reporter
  • Brendan Higgins - weekday mornings (4:30-7) and weekdays at 11 a.m.
  • Tracy Kornet - weekdays at 4 p.m.
  • Angela Martin - weekdays at 4 p.m.; also reporter
  • Sharrie Williams - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
CBS 11 Storm Team
  • Larry Mowry (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
  • Jeff Jamison (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at 4 p.m.
  • Scott Padgett - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:30-7) and weekdays at 11 a.m.
  • Jeff Ray (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10 p.m.
Sports team
  • Babe Laufenberg - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m., also host of The Fan Sports Show (on KTXA), "The Score" and "Blitz: Cowboys/Desperados Report"
  • Bill Jones - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Steve Dennis - sports reporter
  • Guy Rawlings - sports anchor/reporter
  • Whitney Drolen - traffic reporter; weekday mornings (4:30-7 a.m.)
  • Ginger Allen - investigative reporter
  • Jason Allen - general assignment reporter
  • Elizabeth Dinh - general assignment reporter
  • Arezow Doost - general assignment reporter
  • Jack Fink - general assignment reporter
  • Teresa Frosini - entertainment reporter
  • Bud Gillett - senior reporter
  • Jay Gormley - general assignment reporter
  • Stephanie Lucero - general assignment reporter
  • J.D. Miles - general assignment reporter
  • Robbie Owens - weekday morning reporter (4:30-7 a.m.)
  • Steve Pickett - general assignment reporter
  • Susy Solis - general assignment reporter
  • Joel Thomas - general assignment reporter
  • Mireya Villarreal - general assignment reporter

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


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