|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)|
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||20.1: Jewelry Television|
20.2: Heroes & Icons
|Owner||Venture Technologies Group|
|Licensee||Bellagio Broadcasting, LLC|
|First air date||August 21, 2007|
|Call sign meaning||Venture Memorable Entertainment |
(slogan of MeTV, station's previous affiliation)
|Former call signs||KBBC-TV (2007–2012)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
20 (UHF, 2007–2008)
|Former affiliations||Spanish Ind. (2007–2012)|
|Transmitter power||1.9 kW|
|Height||924 m (3,031 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KVME-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 20, is a Jewelry Television-affiliated television station licensed to Bishop, California, United States. The station is owned by Venture Technologies Group. KVME-TV's transmitter is located in the White Mountains, about 20 miles (32 km) east of Bishop.
The station signed on the air on August 21, 2007, as KBBC-TV on analog channel 20, operating as a bilingual independent. KBBC's programming was mostly Spanish, featuring such shows as La Corte del Pueblo (a Spanish-language version of The People's Court), La Corte de Familia, the daily soccer program Fútbol al Día from Monterrey-based Multimedios Televisión, and a newscast with extensive coverage from Central America. The nighttime programming had premiered on KNLA-LP, which was a translator station.
The station later added afternoon and overnight programming from the Home Shopping Network. KBBC also offered English-language religious programming from Hosanna, a Christian program service. On Saturday mornings, English-language children's programs aired along with a public affairs program, Eastern Sierra News.
KVME-TV became affiliated with MeTV on April 30, 2012, sharing the affiliation with the third digital subchannel of Anaheim-based KDOC-TV (channel 56). KVME-TV carried MeTV on their primary digital channel 20 (virtual channel 20.1), which is also available on the DirecTV and Dish Network local packages tier for the Los Angeles market. KVME-TV and KDOC-TV marketed the subchannel as "MeTV Hollywood," changing from KDOC's previous brand of "MeTV Los Angeles." Local advertising for MeTV Hollywood was sold by a jointly managed ad sales team for both stations. However, KVME-TV's MeTV feed did not carry the full schedule of programming, electing to carry Spanish-language religious and paid programming during the early morning weekday hours of 5:30 to 8 a.m., preempting regularly-scheduled programming within those hours. The MeTV affiliation ended on January 15, 2018.
Heroes & Icons
In 2020, KVME-TV changed its affiliation from Heroes & Icons to Jewelry Television; the H&I affiliation was moved to the station's second digital subchannel.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|20.2||Heroes & Icons|
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 , the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KBBC-TV was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). On November 30, 2008, KBBC completed the transition to digital by turning off its analog signal and immediately turning on its digital signal on channel 20.
- Seyler, Dave (March 19, 2012). "Local Media TV stockpiles more big market Class A's". Television Business Report. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- "KVME to join with KDOC in creating Me-TV Hollywood brand". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- KVME in the FCC's TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVME-TV