|Branding||KXVA Fox Abilene (general)
Fox News First (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
|First air date||January 9, 2001|
|Call letters' meaning||XV = Roman numeral 15
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
15 (UHF, 2001–2009)
|Transmitter power||165 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KXVA, virtual and UHF digital channel 15, is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Abilene, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Gannett Company, and is a sister station to MyNetworkTV affiliate KIDZ-LD (channel 42). KXVA maintains studio facilities located in the Bank of America Building on Chestnut Street in downtown Abilene; master control operations are housed at the studio facilities of sister station KIDY on Irving Street in southeast San Angelo; KXVA maintains transmitter facilities located in rural southwestern Callahan County.
On June 15, 2000, the Federal Communications Commission granted an original construction permit to founding owner Sage Broadcasting Company to build a full-power television station to serve the Abilene/Sweetwater/Brownwood market. The station was built quickly, with an estimated launch date set for September or October 2000, but inclement weather caused delays in constructing the transmitter tower. Several months later than expected, the station first signed on the air on January 9, 2001, under Program Test Authority; it was the fourth full-power television station to sign on in the Abilene market and the first full-power network-affiliated station to sign on in the market since CBS affiliate KTAB (channel 32) debuted in October 1979. KXVA has been a Fox station since its debut, taking over the affiliation from KIDZ-LP (channel 42), which (along with its five translator stations) were also owned by Sage Broadcasting. The station obtained its initial broadcast license on February 13, 2002, more than a year after applying for the license to the FCC.
In 2008, the station was purchased by Bayou City Broadcasting in a group deal for approximately $3 million. On September 27, 2012, Bayou City Broadcasting announced an agreement to sell KXVA and its seven other television stations to the Dallas-based London Broadcasting Company (the sale price initially was not disclosed). The sale marked a temporary exit from the broadcasting industry for the company's owner DuJuan McCoy, who planned on refocusing his company to acquire major network affiliates in mid-sized markets larger than San Angelo and Abilene. The FCC granted its approval of the sale on November 14. The sale was completed on December 31.
On May 14, 2014, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire KIDY and five other London Broadcasting stations for $215 million. Gannett CEO Gracia Martore touted that the acquisition would give the company a presence in several fast-growing markets, and opportunities for local advertisers to leverage its digital marketing platform. Both KIDY and Abilene sister station KXVA will be the first Fox affiliates to be owned by Gannett outright; the company had acquired KMSB in Tucson from Belo (as part of a group deal that also included stations in four other Texas markets, Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio) in 2013 – however, KMSB is operated by Raycom Media (owner of that market's CBS affiliate KOLD-TV) under a shared services agreement that was established under Belo ownership, and Gannett could not directly own the station's license due to newspaper cross-ownership restrictions. The sale was completed on July 8.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|15.1||720p||16:9||KXVA-DT||Main KXVA programming / Fox|
|15.2||480i||4:3||Simulcast of KIDZ-LD|
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the digital television allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television signal. Instead, on or before February 17, 2009, which is the end of the digital television conversion period for full-power stations, KXVA was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal. KXVA flash-cut its digital signal into operation on its former analog-era UHF channel 15.
KXVA carries the entire Fox network schedule, airing all of the network's programming in pattern. Through Fox's national broadcast rights to the NFL, KXVA serves as the local broadcaster of for NFL games featuring the Dallas Cowboys, airing up to 14 of the team's 16 regular season games annually. Syndicated programs broadcast by KXVA include Jerry Springer, Live! with Kelly and Michael, The People's Court, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Arsenio Hall Show, White Collar and The Simpsons. KXVA shares the majority of its programming inventory with San Angelo sister station KIDY, with some programs airing in the same timeslots as those seen on that station; as such, KXVA essentially acts as a de facto semi-satellite of KIDY.
KXVA presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with a half-hour on weekdays; the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays). In 2009, KXVA began airing a simulcast of Fox News at Nine, an hour-long evening newscast from San Antonio Fox affiliate KABB; the newscast aired every night at 9 p.m., except in the case of Fox programming overruns due to network sports coverage, and was rebroadcast nightly at 10 p.m. on a one-hour tape delay on sister station KIDZ-LD. The following year in October 2010, the station began simulcasting KABB's four-hour morning newscast, Fox News First; the newscast airs weekday mornings from 5:00 to 9:00 a.m.
In addition to local news headline updates airing during Fox News at Nine and Fox News First, KXVA provides an hourly local news updates weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with headlines and news information provided by the Abilene Reporter News newspaper.
On January 20, 2014, KXVA debuted a half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. on weeknights, which is produced by sister station KIDY at its studios in San Angelo. All simulcasts of KABB newscasts were dropped with the morning news simulcast being replaced by other programming including The Texas Daily and The Broadcast, news and interview programs produced by its Dallas sister station KTXD-TV.
Current on-air staff
- Rick Tomlin - anchor/news director; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Jenna Rogers - news anchor; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Kris Nation - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Manny Diaz - sports director; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Stephanie Johnson - general assignment reporter
- Dani Rondeau - general assignment reporter
- Lauren Sarchiapone - general assignment reporter
- Fox Live
- Bobby Schuyler - host
- Abilene’s new Fox affiliate, KXVA, expected to broadcast next week, Abilene Reporter-News, January 6, 2001.
- Temporary Exit With Fox Duo Sale by McCoy, TVNewsCheck, September 27, 2012.
- Extension of Consummation
- Consent to License Transfer Reassignment
- "Gannett Buys 6 London Broadcasting Stations". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- Hatfield, David (June 13, 2013). "Little change on Tucson TV expected from Belo's sale to Gannett". Inside Tucson Business. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
- Brown, Lisa (June 13, 2013). "Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5 billion". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
- Gannett Completes London Broadcasting Buy, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 8 July, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KXVA
- Fox Live
- KXVA official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KXVA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KXVA-TV