||It has been suggested that some portions of this article be split into articles titled KNOE-DT2 and KMLU (TV). (December 2014)|
|Columbia/Monroe, Louisiana/El Dorado, Arkansas
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
|Owner||Legacy Broadcasting, LLC|
|First air date||December 10, 1998|
|Last air date||2014|
|Call letters' meaning||KMLU = airport code for Monroe Regional Airport|
|Former callsigns||KAQY (1998–2014)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1998–2009)
Digital: 57 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1998–2014)|
|Transmitter power||12.3 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KMLU, channel 11, is a television station serving the El Dorado, Arkansas/Monroe, Louisiana market, licensed in Columbia, Louisiana. Owned by Legacy Broadcasting, KMLU's transmitter is located in Columbia, and its studios are located in Monroe.
The station launched in December 1998 as KAQY, the new ABC affiliate for the market. The station was taken over by the Hoak Media Corporation and KNOE-TV in 2008 following its sale to Parker Broadcasting; as a result of recent scrutiny towards joint sales agreements by the FCC, new owner Gray Television (who acquired the station as part of a deal with Hoak) elected to shut down KAQY, move its programming to a digital subchannel of KNOE, and sell KAQY's license to the minority-owned Legacy Broadcasting.
KMLU signed on December 10, 1998 as KAQY, returning ABC to the market after its previous affiliate, KARD, became a Fox affiliate in 1994. In the interim, ABC programming was available on some cable systems via KLAX-TV from Alexandria or KTBS from Shreveport.
On June 23, 2008, original local owner Monroe Broadcasting filed an application with the FCC to sell KAQY to Parker Broadcasting for $10 million. Included in the application were proposed agreements to allow Hoak Media, the owner of KNOE-TV, to operate the station. The sale was completed on October 9, 2008. As a result, all four major network affiliates in the Ark-La-Miss are now operated by two companies.
On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting in a $335 million deal. KAQY was to be acquired by Excalibur Broadcasting, and remain under an LMA with KNOE's new owners. However, upon the closing of the sale on June 13 and the FCC scrutinizing joint sales arrangements, Excalibur would later abandon its plans to acquire the station. Gray would continue to operate to KAQY in the interim, at which it will later move its programming to a subchannel of KNOE. KAQY would then be spun off to minority interests pending approval from the FCC, which under this arrangement would allow the station to continue operating on the conditions that it would continue to operate the station independently and not make any partnerships or sharing arrangements with other broadcasters.
On August 27, 2014, Gray announced that it would sell KAQY's license, along with KHAS-TV, KNDX, and KXND, to Legacy Broadcasting, a new broadcasting company controlled by Sherry Nelson and daughter Sara Jane Ingram. A month later, KAQY signed off, and its programming was moved to KNOE's digital subchannels. On November 28, 2014, the call letters were changed to KMLU. The sale was completed on December 15. 
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||720p||16:9||KMLU-HD||Main KMLU programming|
KAQY shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 57, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 11.
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
- Gray retains MMTC as broker for former SSA’d stations, rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
- "Gray Sets Buyers For Its Six SSA Stations". TVNewsCheck. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
- Consummation Notice. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KAQY
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Official website – KAQY
- Official website – KNOE
- FCC Coverage Map
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMLU
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMLU-TV