|City of license||Laredo|
|Branding||KVTV CBS 13|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
|Affiliations||CBS Television Network|
|Owner||Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Texas
(Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Laredo, LLC)
|First air date||December 1973|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1973-2009)
Digital: 31 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||3 kW|
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, though co-owner Brian Brady also owns a number of other television stations, mostly through Northwest Broadcasting.
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.
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- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVTV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVTV-TV
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says December 29, while the Television and Cable Factbook says December 28.
- Cross currents in Corpus Christi, Radio Business Report, August 1, 2008
- 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."
- Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA for channel 13
- Local TV station begins digital-only broadcast early, Ray Gomez, KGNS-TV, Dec 12, 2008