KXTU-LD

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KXTU-LD
Kxtu 2010.png
Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado
United States
Branding SOCO CW
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
& KXRM-TV 22.2
Virtual: 21.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations The CW (2006-present)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(sale to Media General pending)
(KXRM Licensee, LLC)
First air date November 1, 1999
Call letters' meaning KX = KXRM (sister station)
TU (2) may refer to this sister station status
Sister station(s) KXRM-TV
Former callsigns KXTU-LP (1999-2010)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
57 (UHF, 1999-2010)
Former affiliations UPN (1999-2006)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website SOCO CW.com

KXTU-LD (SOCO CW), on digital channel 20, is a low-powered television station affiliated with The CW serving Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and other communities in southern Colorado. It is licensed to Colorado Springs and operates on channel 20. KXTU is a sister station to Fox affiliate KXRM-TV; both are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Since 2008, the station has been available on KXRM's digital subchannel 21.2; its over-the-air signal is effectively limited to Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Unlike most other low-powered stations, KXTU is available to viewers on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as on cable systems throughout southern Colorado. This is because under the retransmission consent portion of the must-carry rules, KXRM has the right to require cable and satellite providers to carry KXTU as part of the compensation for carrying KXRM.

On August 30, 2010, KXTU-LP flashed-cut from analog to digital on the same frequency/channel 57.[1] In early 2012 the channel moved frequencies from 57 to 20 and rebranded from CW 57 to SOCO CW.

On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including KXTU-LD, to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[2] The sale was completed on November 25.[3]

On August 20, 2014, Sinclair announced that it would sell KXRM-TV and KXTU-LD, along with WTTA in Tampa Bay, to Media General in a swap for WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, WLUK-TV and WCWF in Green Bay, and WTGS in Savannah, Georgia. The swap is part of Media General's merger with LIN Media.[4][5]

Programming[edit]

The station signed on in 1999 as an affiliate of UPN, but when that network left the air on September 17, 2006, it switched to The CW, which was created by the merger of The WB (which had been available in the market by way of Denver's KWGN-TV) and UPN. Unlike its sister station, KXTU does not air news but during a breaking news event or weather bump it simulcasts KXRM's newscasts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CW57 to go all digital Monday, ColoradoConnection.com, Jaryd Wilson, August 24, 2010
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.sbgi.net/site_mgr/temp/Barrington%20Closes.pdf
  4. ^ "Media General, LIN Sell Stations In 5 Markets". TVNewsCheck. August 20, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (August 20, 2014). "Media General, LIN Divest Stations in Five Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 

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