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For the television station in Sioux City, Iowa, which formerly held the call sign KVTV from 1953 to 1965, see KCAU-TV.
Laredo, Texas
City of license Laredo
Branding KVTV CBS 13
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Subchannels 13.1 CBS
Network CBS
Owner Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Texas
(Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Laredo, LLC)
First air date December 28, 1973
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1973-2009)
Digital: 31 (UHF)
Transmitter power 3 kW
Height 284 m
Facility ID 33078
Transmitter coordinates 27°31′12″N 99°31′19″W / 27.52000°N 99.52194°W / 27.52000; -99.52194 (KVTV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kvtv13laredo.com

KVTV is the CBS television affiliate of Laredo, Texas, USA. Its transmitter is located in Laredo.


One of several stations serving the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo borderplex, KVTV began in 1973 as a satellite station of KZTV, the CBS Affiliate in Corpus Christi. Like KZTV, it had been derided in the past for having notoriously low production values, thanks in part to the owner, K-Six Television. In 2002, Alta Communications and Brian Brady acquired K-Six Television, renaming the company Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Texas.

Soon after taking over, the new owners made significant changes to KVTV. All newscasts the station produced were dropped, except for the 12PM show, which was said to help reduce the strain put upon the news and production departments. Later that year, the station made cosmetic and personnel changes on almost every level and renamed their operations "CBS 13 News". The midday newscast was retained for a year and a half and later dropped. Late night news was revived on the station on April 19, 2004 with "CBS 13 News: Nightcast", a similar title to its Corpus Christi sister. For this, former KGNS anchorman Richard Noriega was hired out of semi-retirement to lead the newscast. Several months prior to the newscast, Noriega worked as a consultant and helped with the planning involved in revamping the station's news department.

Nightcast was the station's only local newscast, and was seen weekdays from 10-10:35. Prior to this program, a taped 5 minute news bulletin called "NewsNight" aired.

The station decided to cancel the late newscast on January 3, 2006 and laid off the remaining staff of the news department that day. The move leaves KVTV as one of the few affiliates of CBS to not have a local newscast; the only news that now airs on the channel is programming from CBS News, including the CBS Evening News, CBS Morning News, and CBS This Morning with national weather and additional news updates given by a CBS News anchor during the :25 and :55 local news breaks. Since then, the stations has largely served as a pass-through for automated network, syndicated and local paid commercial programming in both English and Spanish.

On July 23, 2008, Eagle Creek Broadcasting sold KVTV's sister station KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas to SagamoreHill Broadcasting. KVTV was not included in that deal, as SagamoreHill already owns KGNS-TV; thus, KVTV became the only television station remaining in the Eagle Creek group,[1] though co-owner Brian Brady also owns a number of other television stations, mostly through Northwest Broadcasting.[2]

Due to a part failure on its analog transmitter, KVTV ceased broadcasting in analog on November 29, 2008. The station initially broadcast only on digital channel 31, tuned into channel 13 via PSIP. Digital broadcasts shifted to channel 13 on May 7, 2009.[3][4]

Digital services[edit]

On December 7, 2011, KVTV began broadcasting CBS programming in HD on channel 13.1, and carries Standard Definition CBS programming on sub-channel 13.2.

Channel Call Sign Network Video Dimensions Aspect Ratio Video Bitrate Audio Bitrate
13.1 KVTV-DT CBS-HD 1080i 1920x1080 16:9 15Mbit/s DD2.0 192kbit/s
13.2 KVTV-DT2 CBS-SD 480i 704x480 4:3 2.85Mbit/s DD2.0 192kbit/s

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Cross currents in Corpus Christi, Radio Business Report, August 1, 2008
  2. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (June 2, 2013). "Brian Brady Buying NBC Affil in Yuma, AZ". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved June 22, 2013. …Brian Brady, former head of the Fox affiliate board whose full-power TV holdings also include KVTV Laredo, Texas; KAYU Spokane, Wash.; KFFX Pendleton, Ore.; KMVU Medford, Ore.; and WICZ Binghamton, N.Y. 
  3. ^ Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA for channel 13
  4. ^ Local TV station begins digital-only broadcast early, Ray Gomez, KGNS-TV, Dec 12, 2008

Coordinates: 27°31′13″N 99°31′19″W / 27.5204°N 99.5219°W / 27.5204; -99.5219