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BrandingPBS Guam
  • 12.1: PBS
  • 12.2: Local programming
OwnerGuam Educational Telecommunications Corporation
First air date
October 30, 1970 (53 years ago) (1970-10-30)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 12 (VHF, 1970-2009)
  • Digital: 5 (VHF, 2000–2009)
Call sign meaning
Guam Telecommunications Facility
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID25511
ERP54.7 kW
HAAT177.8 m (583 ft)
Transmitter coordinates13°29′22″N 144°49′46″E / 13.48944°N 144.82944°E / 13.48944; 144.82944
Public license information

KGTF (channel 12) is a PBS member television station licensed to Hagåtña, Guam, serving the U.S. territory. The station is owned by the Guam Educational Telecommunications Corporation, an agency of the territorial government. KGTF's studios are located in Mangilao, adjacent to Guam Community College, and its transmitter is located on Mount Barrigada in Barrigada. KGTF currently operates from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.


The station signed on the air on October 30, 1970,[2] with only 4+12 hours of programming Monday through Friday, of which they would later expand throughout its 50-year history, including producing local shows and various projects. Original materials from PBS Guam have been contributed to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.[3]

The station was in financial trouble in 1975, facing problems in raising the percentage of its government funding required by law.[4]

Last KGTF channel 12 logo, before adopting PBS Guam branding.

As of 1993, KGTF produced 30 percent of the output it aired. Such content at the time included a Filipino current affairs program, a competition program for high school students, meetings of the Guam Legislature, public service announcements and conventional educational programs. Nearly all of the 22 staff employed by the station were Guamanians. The station used a 6-kilowatt transmitter to deliver its terrestrial signal as well as being relayed on cable television, whereas two repeaters had been purchased at the time to boost its coverage towards the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands to the north.[5]

PBS Guam received PBS' overhaul branding in late-November 2019.


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KGTF[6]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
12.1 1080i 16:9 KGTF HD Main KGTF programming / PBS
12.2 480i 4:3 KGTF-SD Local programming

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KGTF". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Guam's Newest TV Station". Pacific Daily News. October 30, 1970. p. 3. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "PBS Guam in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting". Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  4. ^ Guam TV station in financial block, Pacific Islands Communication Newsletter, December 1975
  5. ^ Bentley, J.E.; Schultz, A.; Hermanson, Dale (September 1993). "PACIFIC REGIONAL TELEVISION SURVEY PROJECT – 352lRASl21 (PAC TEL)". UNESCO. Retrieved February 13, 2024.
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KGTF

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