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|Branding||Fox 20 (general)
KRCR NewsChannel 7 (newscasts)
|Slogan||The Northstate's Sports Leader|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
20.2 Cozi TV
|Translators||K38FQ (UHF analog) Anderson/Central Val|
|Owner||Esteem Broadcasting, LLC
(sale to Cunningham Broadcasting pending)
|Operator||Bonten Media Group
(to be operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|Founded||May 14, 1986|
|First air date||November 14, 1990|
|Call letters' meaning||Chico
VU (as in "view")
Chico/Sacramento Valley UHF
possible rhyming variations of San Francisco station KTVU
|Former callsigns||KBCP (1990–1992)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
30 (UHF, 1990–2008)
The WB (1995–1998)
|Transmitter power||172 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KCVU, virtual and UHF digital channel 20, is a Fox-affiliated television station serving Chico and Redding, California, United States, that is licensed to Paradise, California. The station is owned by Esteem Broadcasting and operated by Bonten Media Group through a local marketing agreement as part of a virtual duopoly with Bonten-owned, Redding-licensed ABC affiliate KRCR-TV (channel 7); it is also sister to five low-power stations owned by Bonten: Chico-licensed Antenna TV affiliate KXVU-LP (analog channel 14); MyNetworkTV affiliates Chico-licensed KRVU-LD (channel 22) and Redding-licensed KZVU-LD (channel 21); Univision affiliate KUCO-LP (analog channel 27); and UniMás affiliate KKTF-LD (channel 30). The stations share studios located on Auditorium Drive in Redding and maintain a news bureau and sales office at the former Sainte Television Group facilities located on Main Street in downtown Chico, while its transmitter is located along Cohasset Road northeast of Chico.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 Contract dispute with Northland Cable
- 4 Regionally distributed, locally produced programs
- 5 Local news & relationship to KRCR
- 6 Digital television
- 7 Cable systems
- 8 Death of Chester Smith
- 9 Sale to Cunningham
- 10 Translators
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
KCVU was founded by Chester Smith and his company Sainte Partners II, L.P. of Modesto, California, in 1986 and started broadcasting as KBCP in 1990. It was a home shopping channel until 1994, when KBCP flipped the call sign to KCVU reflecting its new Fox affiliation. It replaces an affiliation on KRCR-TV seen on non-ABC hours since the network's inception in 1986. KRCR's other two satellites in Eureka and Fort Bragg had Fox as well as ABC. More Fox coverage was provided by KTXL and KTVU on Chico and Redding cable systems.
Its transmitter and license is located near Paradise, California. KCVU's sister stations include KRVU 21 Redding, KZVU 22 Chico, KUCO-TV Univision 27, KXVU-TV Antenna TV 17 (formerly affiliated with Telemundo), and KKTF-TV UniMas 30 (formerly TeleFutura).
KCVU terminated analog channel 30 on December 22, 2008. The station was re-branded to Fox 20 (for its physical digital channel; this differs from most digital signals, which identify using their analog channel). It still may be seen in analog via translator on channel 8 in Oroville and channel 38 in Redding until both translators go digital in the near future.
KBVU and KVIQ went digital on November 28, 2008, and were rebranded from Fox 29 and CBS 6 to Fox 28 and CBS 17, respectively.
Fox 20 has a sister station, KBVU FOX 28 in Eureka. KBVU is a stand alone full power digital station. KRVU MY 21 in Chico and KECA-LD2 My 29.2 are the same station designed to cover both the Chico-Redding and Eureka DMAs.
Contract dispute with Northland Cable
On May 6, 2007, KCVU replaced Medford Fox affiliate KMVU on Northland Cable Television channel 13 in both Mt. Shasta and Yreka when KMVU and Northland could not come to an agreement to remain on the cable system. (Northland also carried sister station MyTV Northern California on cable channel 2, but will be replaced with KFBI-LP of Medford) Northland had been blocked from airing Fox Network programming as a result. However, in a report from the Siskiyou Daily News on February 8, 2008, it appears that the dispute is settling down and Northland is working with KMVU and KCVU to return either channel to both cable systems. KNVN replaced KMVU on channel 13 in Mt. Shasta and channel 11 in Yreka. KHSL-TV started to air on channel 6 in Yreka and KDRV is also on channel 6 in Mt. Shasta. KMVU finally won the contract dispute and KCVU will no longer air on both cable systems because all Fox affiliates are under syndex. KMVU and all the other local stations are fed to Yreka via OTA translator and has a fiber-optic link to Mt. Shasta except for KNVN which uses a Dish Network feed.
KCVU or any of its sister stations no longer broadcast north of Shasta County or south of Butte County.
Regionally distributed, locally produced programs
Fox 20 provides facilities and services to tape local programs from its studios in Chico. There are currently no local programs scheduled. (Two of the station's longtime regional programs, Issues & Answers and Pray Northstate, were cancelled in 2010 by management.)
Regional Programs formerly produced by or at Fox 30/Fox 20
- Spotlight - hosted by Lisa Shaw, then Katey Bailey (2002–2003)
- Pilot was called Community Spotlight hosted by Shaw in September 2002
- Issues & Answers - hosted by Georgie Hall, Ron Pate, Peter Hansen and Georgie Szendrey (1998-2010)
- Pray Northstate - Hosted by Pastor Jim Wilson (2005-2010, started on KGEC-TV, forced off the air by the FCC due to a closed-captioning issue)
- Randy & Monica: Almost Live! - hosted by Randy and Monica Zachary (2007–2008)
- [Real] Music - ten episodes with musical performances by local or visiting musicians (2004-2005)
Local news & relationship to KRCR
From February 2004 to June 2005, Fox 30 News at 10:00 pm was produced by KRCR-TV, utilizing that station's news department.
In August 2012, it was announced that Sainte would sell KCVU & KBVU to Esteem Broadcasting of California, and would fully merge its operations with ABC affiliates KRCR & KAEF.
On April 1, 2013, KCVU relaunched its local news coverage with KRCR News Channel 7 at 10 on FOX 20, which airs weeknights at 10pm with Tracey Leong and Mark Mester as anchors. As of November 2014, KBVU airs a separate 10 pm newscast for the Eureka market.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|20.1||720p||16:9||KCVU-DT||Main programming / Fox|
|20.2||480i||4:3||Cozi TV||Cozi TV|
KCVU shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, on December 22, 2008, due to lack of funding and used its existing digital facilities, as did its other debt-ridden rivals KHSL and KNVN. The virtual channel was changed from 30 to 20 and the station was rebranded as "Fox 20 Digital."
|Cable Provider||Area||20.1(Fox)||20.2 (Cozi)|
|Comcast||Butte & Glenn Counties||2 & 702 (HD)||198|
|Charter||Shasta & Tehama Counties||2 & 780 (HD)||285|
|Suddenlink (via KBVU)||Humboldt County||2 & 102 (HD)||128|
|New Day Broadband||Palo Cedro/Weaverville||2|
|Windjammer (via Satellite)||Burney||8|
Fox programs broadcast from 8-10 pm are broadcast in high definition, as are sporting events on such as Major League Baseball, NASCAR and NFL Football. Unlike co-owned market competitors KHSL and KNVN, however, none of KCVU's syndicated programming (most of which is distributed in high definition) is broadcast in HD. It is unknown when this will change.
Death of Chester Smith
The Sacramento Bee and Chico Enterprise Record reported that Chester Smith, founder of Sainte Partners, died on August 8, 2008, at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California at age 78. He was survived by his wife Ann and his children. Despite Smith's death, Sainte continued to own and operate KCVU and its sister stations in the Sainte family. The family continued to operate the station group despite poor financial practices until its sale to Esteem Broadcasting in 2012.
Sale to Cunningham
On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations (including KRCR) for $240 million. As part of the deal, Sinclair's sidecar Cunningham Broadcasting will acquire the Esteem stations (including KCVU).
KCVU has one translator station:
|Station||City of license||Channel||Founded||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|38 (UHF analog)1||December 22, 1997||150 kW||387 m||58611|
- 1: K38FQ was licensed on UHF analog channel 43 under the callsign K43DW and later on UHF channel 20 as K20FP between 1997 and 1999
- Channel 20 digital TV stations in the United States
- Channel 20 virtual TV stations in the United States
- Clash of the broadcasts, Tom Gascoyne, Chico News & Review, January 3, 2013
- RabbitEars TV Query for KCVU
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBVU
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Obituary: Chester Smith, Modesto-area country music singer and radio broadcaster (The Sacramento Bee: August 11, 2008)
- TV station owner Chester Smith dies (Chico Enterprise Record: August 11, 2008)
- "Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE BONTEN MEDIA GROUP TV STATIONS - Sinclair Broadcast Group