News-Press 3 NOW
|News-Press 3 NOW|
|Owned by||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Broadcast area||Buchanan, Nodaway and Andrew County, Missouri|
|Headquarters||St. Joseph, Missouri|
|Formerly called||St. Joe NOW (2000s[specify]-2010)|
|Sister channel(s)||KNPN-LD, KBJO-LD|
|Channel 26.2 (SD)|
|Channel 3 (SD)
Channel 603 (HD)
News-Press 3 NOW is a 24-hour local cable news and weather channel based in St. Joseph, Missouri and serves Buchanan, Nodaway and Andrew counties. Owned by News-Press & Gazette Company, the channel is based out of the company's corporate headquarters at Edmond and Seventh Streets (near Interstate 29) in downtown Saint Joseph.
News-Press 3 NOW is one of a handful of flagship properties owned by News-Press & Gazette Company, which also publishes the St. Joseph News-Press and owns local Fox affiliate KNPN-LD, both of which also share offices with the channel at News-Press & Gazette's Edmond Street headquarters. It is carried on Suddenlink cable channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 603 throughout the St. Joseph metropolitan area (including the communities of Maryville, Savannah, Country Club and Agency). Since June 2, 2012, it is also rebroadcast as a second digital subchannel of KNPN-LD, broadcasting over-the-air on UHF channel 26.2.
Originally launched as St. Joe NOW[when?], News-Press 3 NOW was sold by News-Press & Gazette Company in April 2011, as part of the sale of NPG Cable, Inc., the company's cable television division that operated cable systems in Missouri, Arizona and California, to Suddenlink Communications for $350 million. On March 5, 2012, News-Press & Gazette Company announced that it would re-acquire ownership of News-Press 3 NOW from Suddenlink; the purchase includes production equipment and other resources. All twelve employees would be retained in the sale, which closed on May 1, 2012.
With the repurchase of the channel and the launch of KNPN-LD, News-Press 3 NOW's format has changed from a cable-only service that offered a mix of live newscasts and news rebroadcasts exclusive to the channel to one that simulcasts and re-airs KNPN-LD's weekday morning, noon and nightly 5:30 and 9 p.m. newscasts, along with a simulcast of the weather radar shared by the two stations (known as "Live 3D VIPIR") during overnight and weekend daytime hours.