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Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
Branding Action 10 News
6 News (during simulcasted KRIS-TV shows)
Slogan The station with the most local news in South Texas. (during simulcasted KRIS-TV shows)
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1 CBS
10.2 Telemundo
Affiliations CBS (primary until 1964; exclusive 1964-present)
Owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting
(operated through SSA by Cordillera Communications)
(SagamoreHill of Corpus Christi Licenses, LLC)
First air date September 30, 1956 (1956-09-30)
Call letters' meaning TeleVision
Sister station(s) KRIS-TV, K47DF, K68DJ
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1956-2009)
18 (UHF, 2002-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
ABC (1956-1964)
Transmitter power 39 kW
Height 289.8 m
Facility ID 33079
Transmitter coordinates 27°42′28.9″N 97°37′59.9″W / 27.708028°N 97.633306°W / 27.708028; -97.633306
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KZTV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Corpus Christi area of South Texas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter between Petronila and Robstown. Owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, the station is operated through a shared services agreement (SSA) by Cordillera Communications (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Evening Post Industries). This makes it sister to NBC affiliate KRIS-TV, low-power Independent K47DF, and low-power Telemundo affiliate K68DJ. All four stations share studios on Artesian Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. Syndicated programming on KZTV includes: Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, and The World's Funniest Moments.


KZTV signed-on September 30, 1956 as the second VHF television station in the area behind former rival KRIS-TV by four months. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 10. The channel has always been a CBS affiliate but shared secondary ABC status with KRIS-TV until KIII launched on May 4, 1964. This station was home to Walter Furley, who was at the station for 45 years before retiring on May 31, 2002. Vann Kennedy, original owner and operator of KZTV and KVTV in Laredo, also has the distinction of giving legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite his first job in journalism.

Throughout the years, the station's resources were divided between studios in Downtown Corpus Christi and transmitter north of Petronila. In 1985, a modern production facility was built on Artesian Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. In 2002, Eagle Creek Broadcasting bought the station and later in the year debuted a new and more polished product. Most on-air staff hired before the buyout were forced out. During this time, KZTV went by the brands of "CBS 10" and finally "Action 10 News". News Directors included Judith Cutright (2002–2003), Kent Harrell (2003–2006), and Hollis Grizzard Jr. (2006–2009).

On July 23, 2008, Eagle Creek announced that it had sold KZTV to Cordillera Communications. To comply with Federal Communications Commission rules, the license was instead sold to SagamoreHill Broadcasting; however, the application to sell the station was opposed by McKinnon Broadcasting, then-owner of KIII.[1] This objection held up the deal until August 24, 2009 when Eagle Creek announced a shared services agreement with KRIS-TV. Cordillera now owns all station assets with Eagle Creek owning KZTV's broadcast license. SagamoreHill finally assumed ownership of the KZTV license on May 19, 2010.[1] As of May, 2011 KZTV has added HD recording capabilities to their syndicated programing which gives the station the ability to show syndicated programing in HD when the program is recorded in HD.

KZTV became the first station in the Corpus Christi market to broadcast news in HD on Monday, August 1 with its 5 p.m. broadcast.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
10.1 1080i 16:9 KZTV-DT Main KZTV programming / CBS
10.2 720p KAJA Telemundo

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KZTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 18 to VHF channel 10 for post-transition operations.[3]

News operation[edit]

After KRIS-TV's parent company bought out KZTV, KRIS-TV moved into KZTV's facilities in September 2010. Due to technical issues with the move of the station, it was not able to air newscasts from September 25 until September 28.

KRIS-TV unveiled a brand new high definition-ready set and graphics package on September 29, 2010. The station has now become the area's first to air newscasts in 16x9 enhanced definition widescreen. As of October 16, KZTV now simulcasts KRIS-TV's weekday morning, noon, and weekend broadcasts after dropping its own shows in those time periods. For the weekend newscasts, however, there could be pre-emptions on one channel due to network obligations.


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