|Channels||Digital: 45 (UHF)|
|Subchannels||45.1 MyNetworkTV (720p HD)
45.2 (39.1) KABE-CD / Univision (480i SD)
45.3 (31.1) KBTF-LP / UniMás (480i SD)
(KUVI License Partnership, GP)
|First air date||December 1988|
|Call letters' meaning||UniVIsion|
|Former callsigns||KDOB-TV (1987-1991)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
45 (UHF, 1988-2009)
Digital: 55 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1987-1993)
|Transmitter power||620 kW|
KUVI-DT is a television station serving Bakersfield, California. It is a MyNetworkTV affiliate, and transmits digitally on UHF channel 45. It is currently the only English-language TV station owned by leading Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision. The station's transmitter is located on Mount Adelaide.
The station was granted its broadcast license on May 11, 1987 as KDOB-TV, but would not begin regular broadcasts until December 1988. Owned by Dorothy Owens, the station would later be sold to her brother Buck (1929–2006), and change its call letters to KUZZ-TV on March 18, 1991. In 1997, Buck Owens sold the station to Univision, and on October 17, 1997, the station once again changed its call letters, this time to KUVI. One last change to the call letters during the analog era came on January 1, 2004, the station chose to add the "-TV" suffix to the letters, hence the current callsign KUVI-TV. With the digital transition completed, the station replaced the "-TV" suffix with the "-DT" duffix on June 23, 2009 (all Univision-owned full-service television stations, regardless of whether or not they had a suffix after their call signs prior to the transition, now have a "-DT" suffix as part of their legal call signs).
The station became a charter affiliate of UPN in January 1995, and remained with that network for its entire existence.
KUVI at first was tentatively awaiting to affiliate with The CW Television Network, but instead it was announced on June 15, 2006 that it would affiliate with My Network TV, despite the fact that owner Univision was sold to a group led by children's television mogul Haim Saban -- founder of Saban Entertainment and former co-owner of Fox Family Channel with News Corporation before it became ABC-owned ABC Family Channel. Providence Equity Partners, one of the private equity firms which are part of the Saban-led consortium, acquired a 19 percent stake in Univision at that time.
The CW affiliation ended up on KWFB, now officially called KGET-DT2, as of September 18, 2006.
On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group (which included KGET) to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company controlled by Providence Equity Partners. However, with only four full-power stations, Bakersfield does not have enough to legally support a co-owned duopoly operation. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission granted conditional approval of the deal, provided that Providence Equity Partners divest either KGET or its stake in Univision as soon as the sale was finalized. That occurred on March 14, 2008. As it turned out, it was KGET which was divested by Newport Television to High Plains Broadcasting; however, Newport continued to manage that station through a shared services agreement (SSA) until it was sold to its current owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group in February 2013.
Buck Owens (1929–2006)
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says December 18, while the Television and Cable Factbook says December 1.
- KUVI TV45
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUVI-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUVI-TV