|Greenville–Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|City of license||Greenville, Texas|
|Slogan||"Texas Born, Texas Proud. We Are Texas."|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
47.2 Universal Affiliates Network
|Owner||London Broadcasting Company
(KTXD License Company, LLC)
|First air date||April 1, 1994|
|Call letters' meaning||TeXas Dallas|
|Former callsigns||KTAQ (1994–2011)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
47 (UHF, 1994–2009)
|Former affiliations||ACN (2000–2004)
Promiseland Television Network (2006–2010)
Mexicanal (2012-2013) (on DT-3)
|Transmitter power||600 kW|
|Height||496 meters (1,627 ft)|
KTXD-TV, virtual channel 47 (UHF digital channel 46), is an independent television station licensed to Greenville, Texas, United States and serves the Dallas, Fort Worth metropolitan area. It is the flagship station of the Addison-based London Broadcasting Company. KTXD maintains studios and offices located on Dallas Parkway in Addison, and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill. The station is available on Time Warner Cable channel 24 and in high definition on digital channel 428, Charter Communications channel 22 and Verizon FiOS channel 18.
This station signed on the air on April 1, 1994 as KTAQ. During the station's early years, KTAQ carried programming from shopping networks such as The Jewelry Network and Shop at Home. In 2000, the station affiliated with the America's Collectibles Network, though most of the shopping programming was relegated to the nighttime hours. In 2004, the station switched to ShopNBC. In late 2006, KTAQ switched to a 24-hour religious programming format as the flagship station of the Promiseland Television Network after being acquired by Promiseland founder Mike Simons (through Simons Broadcasting, LP).
In November 2008, Simons Broadcasting, LP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in Waco, Simons Broadcasting, LP debtor-in-possession sold the station to Platinum Equity, LLC in mid-2010. In early November 2010, KTAQ switched to an infomercial format.
Platinum Equity later sold the station to London Broadcasting, which changed the station's call sign to KTXD-TV. London Broadcasting retained Continental Television to act as "national and local AD sales" for the station, which suggested that KTXD would adopt a general entertainment format rather than a brokered, or foreign language format. The purchase by London was completed on January 19, 2012; on March 16, 2012, KTXD became an affiliate of Me-TV (a digital broadcast network specializing in classic television series, which is nominally carried as a multicast channel in most markets, but is optionally carried as a main channel affiliation in a few cities), carrying its programming part-time on its main channel and Me-TV's complete schedule on digital subchannel 47.4.
On October 31, 2013 KTXD disaffiliated from Me-TV and 47.4 went dark. The station will go completely independent on their main signal and attempt to compete head-on with KTXA (channel 21) with a full independent schedule, including local programming. The station also acquired the local rights to a Dallas Cowboys regular season road game against the Chicago Bears on December 9, which is part of the ESPN Monday Night Football package.
Since June 2011, the station's digital channel has been multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|47.1||1080i||16:9||KTXD-DT||Main KTXD programming|
|47.2||480i||4:3||UAN||Universal Affiliates Network|
KTXD-TV 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 30. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 47.
KTXD's original analog transmitter was located in Greenville. After the digital transition, the station's transmitter moved to the Cedar Hill antenna farm. Because the digital transmitter site is over 63 miles from the Greenville site, over 90,000 viewers in that area no longer receive the station. However, the new digital signal covers the entire Dallas Fort Worth metro area, resulting in a net change in population covered from 1,364,801 persons (for its analog signal) to 5,306,750 (for its digital signal).
Upon adopting an entertainment-based schedule, the station began carrying Me-TV programming on its main channel from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 1 p.m. to midnight on weekends. The network was later expanded to 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays, and reduced to 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. The remainder of KTXD's schedule consists of hour-long locally produced programs at noon (the talk/lifestyle program D: The Broadcast), 6 and 9:30 p.m. (the news program The Texas Daily) on weekdays; morning children's programming from Me-TV as well as local interest programming, college sporting events in the afternoon hours on Saturdays; and local programming during the 6 p.m. hour on Sundays, along with religious programming, infomercials, and select barter syndicated shows such (as Cash Cab).
On October 31, 2013 KTXD declined to renew their contract with Me-TV in favor of more local programming and syndicated fare.
On July 20, 2012, KTXD announced that it would launch an hour-long news and commentary program called The Texas Daily; the program features several veteran news anchors and reporters formerly seen on KDFW (channel 4), KXAS-TV (channel 5), WFAA (channel 8) and KTVT (channel 11). The Texas Daily debuted on October 1, 2012, and features stories relevant to Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas as well as national and international news reports from CNN's affiliate news service CNN NewsSource. Originally airing at 8 a.m., the program moved to 6 p.m. the following year with a rebroadcast airing at 9:30 p.m. added.
- The Texas Daily
- Jeff Brady - anchor
- Gary Cogill - contributor
- John Criswell - contributor
- Debbie Denmon - contributor
- Jolene Devito - contributor
- Midge Hill - contributor
- Suzie Humphreys - contributor
- Iola Johnson - contributor
- Scott Murray - contributor
- Robert Riggs - contributor
- John Sparks - contributor
- Phyllis Watson - contributor
- Don Wall - reporter
- DFW Sports Beat
- Brady Tinker - co-host
- Everson Walls - co-host
- Dallas Religious Station in Bankruptcy | TVNewsCheck.com
- Distressed Dallas-Ft. Worth television station sold
- London Broadcasting Completes Dallas Buy
- Malone, Michael (31 October 2013). "Dallas Splits With Me-TV; London Broadcasting will rely on homegrown shows, other syndicated hits". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTXD
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Everything old is new again as Tracy Rowlett, Troy Dungan, Iola Johnson and other very familiar faces return to TV, The Dallas Morning News, September 13, 2012.
- KTXD Launches The Texas Daily News Program With Jeff Brady, D Magazine, July 20, 2012.
- The Faces of the Texas Daily
- KTXDTV.com - Official KTXD-TV website
- UANetwork.tv - Official Universal Affiliates Network website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTXD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTXD-TV