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Provo/Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
City Provo, Utah
Branding Eleven
Slogan At Home With Eleven
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
(to move to 17 (UHF))
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS (1970–June 30, 2018)
Owner Brigham Young University
First air date November 15, 1965 (52 years ago) (1965-11-15)
Call letters' meaning Brigham
Sister station(s) KBYU-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1965–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1965–1970)
Transmitter power 346 kW
298 kW (application)
Height 1,257 m (4,124 ft)
Facility ID 6823
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′33″N 112°12′10″W / 40.65917°N 112.20278°W / 40.65917; -112.20278
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kbyutv.org

KBYU-TV, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 44), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station serving Salt Lake City, Utah, United States that is licensed to Provo. The station is owned by Brigham Young University (BYU), which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). KBYU maintains studio facilities located on the BYU campus in Provo, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.

The station has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah, as well as portions of Idaho and Colorado.

KBYU-TV was first licensed by the Federal Communications Commission on November 7, 1965. It first signed on the air just over a week later, on November 15. This made Salt Lake City one of the smallest markets with two non-commercial educational stations; its main competition is the University of Utah's KUED (channel 7). In 2010, KBYU-TV rebranded as "Eleven."

In October 2017, it was announced that KBYU-TV would end its PBS affiliation on June 30, 2018, with the simulcast of co-owned cable/satellite channel BYUtv moving to the station's primary subchannel.[1] This will leave KUED as the sole PBS station for the Salt Lake City market.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
11.1 720p 16:9 KBYU Main KBYU-TV programming / PBS
11.2 BYUtv BYUtv
11.3 480i 4:3 BYUtvi BYUtv International

KBYU-TV also utilizes the alternate audio tracks that can be activated through the second audio program function, both carried on the third alternate audio track: the station's main channel features an audio simulcast of KBYU-FM (89.1), while digital subchannel 11.2 features an alternate audio feed of BYU Radio (which is commonly found streamed over the Internet).

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

In 1997, KBYU-TV was allotted UHF channel 39 for its digital signal, but in 1999, the station changed its digital allotment to UHF channel 44 as part of a digital channel realignment coordinated by DTV Utah, a consortium of eight Salt Lake City market television stations, of which KBYU is a member. KBYU-DT began broadcasting its digital signal on November 15, 2000 and it was licensed on January 23, 2003.

KBYU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44,[3][4][5] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.

Since the station's current physical TV channel is in the 600MHz band being sold off in FCC auction 1000, with channels 38 to 51 being eliminated, it filed for a construction permit in September 2017 to move to physical channel 17 at the same location, power, and height.[6]


Programming on KBYU-TV is general PBS fare, with emphasis on children's, informational and entertainment programming. The station also airs special programs related to the LDS church, and offers a nightly block of classic television programs, such as I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show and Little House on the Prairie (as such, it is one of the only, if not the only, public television stations in the United States that broadcasts programming normally acquired for U.S. commercial syndication).

KBYU-TV has produced some notable programs for national distribution. Ancestors, produced in conjunction with the Family History Library and PBS, was a highly successful series of videos on family genealogy. It was so well received that KBYU-TV produced a second series of videos, also entitled Ancestors, which proved to be even more successful [1]. Small Fortunes: Microcredit and the Future of Poverty, produced in 2005, explored the business of Microcredit through eleven providers of the service. Another show produced by KBYU was Hooked on Aerobics, which was on the air for many years.


KBYU-TV uses an extensive network of translator stations to extend its signal throughout Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada:

Translators of KBYU-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K04PI Bluff, Utah FCC
K05HB Cedar City, Utah FCC
K08PJ-D Cedar City, Utah FCC
K09YK-D Durango/Purgatory, Colorado FCC
K12QY-D Leamington, Utah FCC
K15GI-D Fremont, Utah FCC
K15HM-D Montezuma Creek, Utah FCC
K16HI-D Navajo Mountain, Utah FCC
K16HJ-D Oljeto, Utah FCC
K16HK-D Mexican Hat, Utah FCC
K17DG-D Summit County, Utah FCC
K17JC-D Orderville, Utah FCC
K18DN-D Kanab, Utah FCC
K18HO-D Salina, Utah FCC
K19DO Modena, Utah FCC
K19HE-D Bluff, Utah FCC
K20GP Orangeville, Utah FCC
K20JZ-D Green River, Utah FCC
K21HV-D Malad, Idaho FCC
K21JY-D Boulder, Utah FCC
K23FQ-D Toquerville, Utah FCC
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K23GW Price, Utah FCC
K23IE-D Emery, Utah FCC
K23IV-D Spring Glen, Utah FCC
K23JN-D Virgin, Utah FCC
K23KR-D Alton, Utah FCC
K25HG-D Preston, Idaho FCC
K25KU-D Ferron, Utah FCC
K25KV-D Huntington, Utah FCC
K25LS-D Circleville, Utah FCC
K26GD-D Garfield County, Utah FCC
K27GN-D Myton, Utah FCC
K27ID-D Tropic, Utah FCC
K27IT-D Escalante, Utah FCC
K27JA-D Henefer, Utah FCC
K27KD-D Hatch, Utah FCC
K27KR-D Fishlake Resort, Utah FCC
K28GQ-D Iron County, Utah FCC
K29IM-D Samak, Utah FCC
K29IN-D Coalville, Utah FCC
K29IX-D Caineville, Utah FCC
K30HJ-D Cortez, Colorado FCC
K31FN-D Manti, Utah FCC
K32IU-D Wanship, Utah FCC
K32JP-D Logan, Utah FCC
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K33HP Samak, Utah FCC
K33HQ Wanship, Utah FCC
K33JE-D Modena, Utah FCC
K34FW-D Enterprise, Utah FCC
K35JL-D Nephi, Utah FCC
K36FM-D Beaver, Utah FCC
K36FT-D Santa Clara, Utah FCC
K36FX Green River, Utah FCC
K36IL-D Hanna, Utah FCC
K36IN-D Fruitland, Utah FCC
K36IP-D Scipio, Utah FCC
K36IQ-D Vernal, Utah FCC
K36KV-D Teasdale, Utah FCC
K38AJ-D Blanding, Utah FCC
K38AQ-D Richfield, Utah FCC
K38NQ-D Overton, Nevada FCC
K39HS-D Heber, Utah FCC
K39JL-D Duchesne, Utah FCC
K39JZ-D St. George, Utah FCC
K39KG-D Mayfield, Utah FCC
K40FU-D Rockville, Utah FCC
K40KO-D Fountain Green, Utah FCC
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K41FZ-D Koosharem, Utah FCC
K41LC-D Long Valley Junction, Utah FCC
K42AF-D Parowan, Utah FCC
K42IX-D Antimony, Utah FCC
K43MC-D Scofield, Utah FCC
K44IN-D Henrieville, Utah FCC
K44IS-D Price, Utah FCC
K44IU-D Panguitch, Utah FCC
K44JT-D Clear Creek, Utah FCC
K45AG Duchesne, Utah FCC
K45BY-D Garfield, Utah FCC
K45GP Emery, Utah FCC
K46FU-D Hanksville, Utah FCC
K46HO-D Mount Pleasant, Utah FCC
K46KN-D Marysvale, Utah FCC
K47KK-D Orangeville, Utah FCC
K47KS-D Garrison, Utah FCC
K47KX-D Green River, Utah FCC
K48IJ-D Preston, Idaho FCC
K49AT Vernal, Utah FCC
K49HU-D Soda Springs, Idaho FCC
K49KZ-D Sevier County, Utah FCC
K49LR-D Delta, Utah FCC
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K50LJ-D Spring Glen, Utah FCC
K50MC-D Fillmore, Utah FCC
K51JX-D Helper, Utah FCC
K51KS-D Malad, Idaho FCC
K52JZ-D Woodland, Utah FCC

Other BYU Broadcasting divisions[edit]

BYUtv is broadcast on KBYU's second digital subchannel, nationwide via cable television providers, Dish Network and DirecTV, and is streamed worldwide at BYUTV.org. Often confused with KBYU-TV's main channel, BYUtv is a separate programming entity. Related to BYUtv is its sister station BYU Television International, which is yet another separate programming entity which airs on KBYU's third digital subchannel.

BYU Broadcasting also operates classical music radio station KBYU-FM (89.1), as well as internet-exclusive radio services.


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