|San Diego, California
|Branding||Univision San Diego|
|Channels||Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
|Translators||KTCD-LP 46 (UHF), San Diego
KHAX-LP 49 (UHF), Vista
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||KBNT-CD: February 14, 1989
KHAX-LP: January 31, 1990
|Sister station(s)||KDTF-LD, XHAS-TDT, XHDTV-TDT|
|Former callsigns||KBNT-CD: K17DI (1992–2000)
KHAX-LP: K49BV (1990–1995)
|Former channel number(s)||19 (UHF, original channel)
62 (UHF, KNSD-LP)
|Transmitter power||KBNT-CD: 11.9 kW
KHAX-LP: 0.045 kW
|Height||KBNT-CD: 78 m
KHAX-LP: 331 m
|Class||KBNT-CD: Class A
|Facility ID||KBNT-CD: 4035
|Transmitter coordinates||KBNT-CD: Coordinates:
|Public license information:||Profile
KBNT-CD, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 25), is a Univision-affiliated television station located in San Diego, California, United States. The station is owned by the Entravision Communications Corporation, and is a sister station to MyNetworkTV affiliate XHDTV-TV (channel 49), UniMás affiliate KDTF-LD (channel 51) and Telemundo affiliate XHAS-TV (channel 33). All four stations share studio facilities located on Ruffin Road in San Diego's Kearny Mesa section; KBNT-CD maintains transmitter facilities located on Mount Soledad in La Jolla.
The earliest incarnations of KBNT dates back to May 19, 1987, with the launch of K19BN San Diego, owned by Cabrillo Broadcasting Corporation. The station obtained the Univision affiliation from Televisa-owned XEWT Tijuana on January 1, 1990. The station also obtained its on-air identity KBNT-TV. The station's original facilities were located in San Diego's Mira Mesa neighborhood. At that time, San Diegans could receive the station only through cable television, because its weak broadcast signal could not reach the city proper. Eventually, the station increased its transmitting power, effectively boosting its signal; while still not reaching San Diego proper, it could be picked up in Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and Fallbrook.
On December 3, 1992, another low-power was created in San Diego. K17DI, owned by Community Broadcasting Co. of San Diego, was a simulcast of Los Angeles-based KWHY-TV. Its transmitter facilities were originally based on Palomar Mountain, some 45 miles (72 km) north of the center of San Diego. It broadcast with a power of 11.9 kW, covering a major part of the city.
On December 23, 1994, K19BN reached an agreement with NBC affiliate KNSD (channel 39, now an owned-and-operated station) to retransmit its programs on KBNT-LP (channel 62, later KNSD-LP in 1997) in La Jolla. K19BN became KBNT-LP on August 22, 1997. That same year, ownership switched from Cabrillo to Entravision.
On June 28, 2000, major changes were taking place at Univision San Diego. The Univision affiliation switched from channel 19 (closed in 2001) to channel 17 (now obtaining the KBNT-LP callsign and bought by Entravision), allowing Univision to reach San Diego, National City and Chula Vista over the air. This allowed The WB affiliate (now Fox) KSWB-TV (channel 69) to operate on digital channel 19.
The new KBNT-LP also added KHAX-LP as its relay station, extending its coverage to the north. In 2002, KBNT-LP upgraded to Class A status, becoming KBNT-CA. KHAX-LP was sold to Entravision at the same time. The station's relay in La Jolla, KNSD-LP 62, shut down in 2007. That signal was leased to Entravision by KNSD owners Station Venture Operations, L.P. (operated as a joint venture between NBCUniversal and LIN Media until LIN dropped out of the venture in February 2013).
In 1994, K17DI reached an agreement with NBC affiliate KNSD (channel 39, now an owned-and-operated station) to retransmit its programs on KNSD-LP (channel 62) in La Jolla, and some years later on channel 17 in National City, allowing the signal to reach San Diego, National City and Chula Vista.
In the fall of 2008, KBNT-CD expanded again to a three-repeater operation, when KTCD-LP switched from being a repeater of Telemundo-affiliated sister station XHAS-TV (channel 33) to being a repeater of KBNT.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|17.1||1080i||16:9||UniHD||Main KBNT-CD programming / Univision|
KBNT-CD presently broadcasts five hours of local newscasts each week (with one hour on weekdays); the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, the station produces the public affairs program Perspectiva Nacional on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. While the station's half-hour newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. compete with the local newscasts on Telemundo-affiliated sister station XHAS-TV seen in the same timeslotes, as the two stations share studio facilities in Entravision's building, KBNT-CD focuses more of its news content on San Diego, while XHAS focuses its newscasts more on issues affecting Tijuana (competing against locally programmed XEWT-TDT (channel 12)).
Current on-air staff
- Carlos Gonzales - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Claudia Rodriguez - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Elías Awad - general assignment reporter
- Yaoska Machado - general assignment reporter
- Marco Serrano - general assignment reporter